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Failed drug tests on the rise

Last week, media reports alleged that up to a quarter of workers on Christchurch construction sites were failing drug tests – and that these numbers were continuously rising. The increase was reported to be aligned with the rising availability of methamphetamine.

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How you treat candidates can affect your revenue

The way you treat job candidates during the recruitment process – even those you decide not to hire – can have a direct impact on the bottom line, according to the results of a recently released study. “Companies might not realise the impact it has on their business when they don’t respond to job candidates […]

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Handling misconduct outside of the workplace

There is quite some difficulty in determining how to handle employee misconduct outside of the workplace. Employers have an obligation to manage alcohol responsibly for their staff. Legislation in New Zealand states that employers have a duty to manage hazards arising within or outside of work, so the same obligations would apply to employers if […]

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Video interviews: the new era of recruitment

Recorded video interviews have gained a lot of traction over the last few years and have helped shape the way in which interviews are now conducted. For time-poor candidates and recruitment professionals, video interviews can be a lifeline. While the concept has been around for several years, it’s only now that the technology has caught […]

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Dealing with underperformers the legal way

Handling underperformance is an issue without a single solution – but there are some steps employers can follow to minimise litigation risks.  Based on advice from Matthew McGoldrick, senior associate at SBM Legal, the points below outline best practice for addressing employees who are underperforming. Where possible, employers should always attempt to address things informally […]

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Why your company needs mature workers

The aging workforce has come into the spotlight over the last couple of years; however this could be more beneficial than most have been lead to believe. A report released this year by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation offered some insights into the strategic approach to engaging older workers. Gary Taylor, a […]

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Health & Safety Reform Bill – Delay

There has been a delay in the Health and Safety Reform bill which was set to be released by the Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee on 29 May 2015 and has since been pushed back until 24 July 2015. The delay is said to be due to concerns about the effect of the Bill […]

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