Category Archives: Employment Law

Wooing the Boss

Thirty percent of our lives will be spent working. Why not make this thirty percent work for us? We all have choices. What we put into something is what we get out of it. What we focus on, is what …
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The Offensive Cake Case

On 2 March 2015 the Human Rights Review Tribunal awarded Karen Hammond over $168,000.00 in damages from her former employer, New Zealand Credit Union Baywide (NZCU), following a Facebook breach of privacy and “loss of dignity”.
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Home Detention & $60,000.00 fine for Safety Breaches

On 16 February 2015 Arthur Britton, director of Britton Housemovers Ltd (“the Company”) was sentenced to four months home detention and his Company was fined $60,000.00 after a house he was moving brought down a power line. While nobody was …
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The Bare Basics of Taking on Staff

Taking that next step of paying people to help in your business is often daunting.
Suddenly your business is responsible for others and has greater financial responsibilities. Further, the legal obligations attaching to your business suddenly increase dramatically. It is not uncommon for business owners to lie awake at night stressing over the enormity of this step in their business growth.
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Tips for Developing Your Emotional Well-Being While at Work

While we do not know what lies ahead for us, we do know that financial security is important as is our emotional and spiritual health. Here are some strategies for helping you sustain greater health and wealth while at work.
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The Dangers of Social Networking while at Work

While social media sites were created as a mechanism to help people communicate more efficiently with their friends and family, in the work place these sites can be problematic.
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BOP Kiwifruit Contractors in Breach of Employment Laws

18 kiwifruit contractors have recently had enforcement action taken against them following an operation by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (“MBIE”).
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Sexual advances at lunchtime resulted in job loss

It may come as a surprise for some that on occasions conduct occurring outside the workplace can give rise to disciplinary action by an employer.
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The Next Big Step

So you have worked very hard and nurtured your business carefully and finally you have got to the next big step of taking on someone to help you. This is another steep learning curve for the uninitiated. This next step …
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Pre-Employment Issues

In New Zealand, it is not an easy process to terminate an employee’s employment if they are unsuitable for a role. For this reason, if you are an employer, spend the time to ensure you offer employment to the best possible candidate for the role.
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