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Business fined $135K

The operators of an orchard have been ordered to pay $134,500 after one of its employees was killed when his tractor rolled down a bank while he was driving. Gary Wakefield was mowing the orchard when the tractor rolled, pinning him beneath it and giving him fatal injuries. This week in the Nelson District Court, […]

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Young Kiwis putting work life balance ahead of their salary

A new workplace report reveals New Zealanders are more focused on flexible hours than their pay packet. The 2015 Hiring Report shows young professionals are more motivated by work life balance rather than their salary with one in four Kiwis willing to shift jobs for their lifestyle, Roman Rogers told TV ONE’s Breakfast. Mr Rogers, […]

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Healthy, happy workforce – key to long term business success

What’s the key to a healthy, happy workforce? According to a growing body of international research, the quality of work environment—including factors like daylight and fresh air—may be more crucial than you think. Research shows that buildings which staff are happy to work in result in better organisational outcomes. The difference can be staggering in […]

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Can you deduct funds from an employees wage?

It seems that poor people practices have been all over the news lately with stories of employee wages being docked at petrol stations, supermarkets behaving badly and restaurant owners facing fines. Employment Relations Authority case is a reminder that employers must adhere to the law when trying to deduct wages from an employee. An employer cannot make […]

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ERA 2000 – changes come into force 6/3/15

The Employment Relations Amendment Act 2014 (Act) has now received Royal assent and will come into force on 6 March 2015. The Act amends the Employment Relations Act 2000 (ERA 2000) and makes a number of key changes, including: Allowing unions and employers to initiate bargaining at the same time and entitling employers to reduce […]

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Who is most prone to work related injuries?

Men are more prone to workplace accidents, with male workers generating 73 per cent of all claims and 95 per cent of all claims for workplace fatal claims.  The report showed that 63 claims have been made for fatal work-related injuries in 2013 and of these claims, 95 per cent were for males.  

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Written Employment Agreements Compulsory from 1 July

Changes to the Employment Relations Act as at 1 July 2011 mean all employers must have signed employment agreements for all employees. The obligation applies irrespective of when the employment relationship started. The amended provision specifies that an intended agreement (generally a written agreement not yet signed) “must not be treated as the employee’s employment […]

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Payment for parental leave to rise

Paid parental leave payments will increase from July 1, 2011, by a maximum of $17 a week taking the maximum weekly government payment to $458.82. The minimum government payment for self-employed parents will also increase from $127.50 per week to $130.00 per week. The maximum rate of paid parental leave is adjusted every year to […]

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Employment Agreements – are you ready for 1 July?

From 1 July 2011 all employers are obliged under the Employment Relations Act to retain a signed copy of the employment agreements of all current employees or a copy of the terms and conditions of employment if the employment agreement is not signed. Now is the time to complete an audit of your employee files […]

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NZTE Management Capability Development Voucher Scheme

The NZTE Management Capability Development Voucher Scheme (CAPDEVS as we like to call it!) has been created to facilitate subsidised training support for small and medium sized businesses. NZTE Capability Development Vouchers are available through our local Regional Business Partner,Opportunity Hamilton. The vouchers can be used to help you access services that build your management capabilities, […]

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