Category Archives: Human Resources

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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Employer Ordered to Provide Applicants’ CVs to Unsuccessful Applicant

Alpine Energy Ltd was ordered to hand over the names, CVs, qualifications and reference information attaching to job applicants, to an unsuccessful applicant who claimed he had been discriminated against (refer Waters v Alpine Energy Ltd, 20 February 2014).
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Out of Work Behaviour a Problem?

As a rule, conduct by an employee out of work hours does not justify disciplinary action unless there is a material connection between the conduct and damage to the employer.
Scenarios where an employee’s off duty conduct gives rise
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Dismissal for “out of work” Behaviour

A recent case Hallwright v Forsyth Barr Ltd has provided further insight into the court’s approach to misconduct occurring outside the workplace.

Misconduct outside the workplace may justify a dismissal. However, employers should take care to act reasonably in the circumstances and to follow a fair process. This may include…
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Increasing your Company’s Productivity

One of the most rewarding ways to increase your organisations’ productivity is to increase your own happiness and then the happiness of your employees.

Ground-breaking research shows us that happy people are more creative, solve problems more effectively and efficiently…
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Restraint of Trade Clauses in Employment Agreements

A restraint of trade clause in an employment agreement may be used to prevent an employee competing with an employer, and be used to restrict an employee from soliciting an employer’s clients, suppliers and employees.

Without a clause expressly setting out the terms of restraint, an employee is generally free to work for a competitor, or
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More Detail required on Medical Certificates

According to a recent NZ survey 70% of employers are not satisfied with the medical certificates they receive from employees taking sick leave. Specifically employers are concerned that: doctors are issuing medical certificates without medical cause; …
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Redundancy Law Turned on its Head

Up until now, an employer has had a right to structure its business in any way it wishes, and the Authority or Court has not been entitled to enquire further into the business reasons behind a restructuring proposal.

This long established view has been turned on its head by a recent decision from the Employment Court.
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The Happiness Advantage

For years we have been told that happiness was a consequence of success. If we work hard enough at our jobs, we will be successful and if we are successful we will be happy.
Thanks to research in the areas of neuroscience and positive psychology we now know the opposite is true. When we are happy at work we are smarter, more motivated and thus more successful.

However many business owners do not know this
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One in 5 Employees has had sex in the workplace

In his book the “Living Dead”, David Bolchover states that one in 5 employees has had sex in the workplace, and one in 3 has taken a Class A drug at work. Further, one in 6 employees admits to “constantly” surfing the web on matters totally unrelated to work…
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