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Constructive Dismissal – A high test for an employee to satisfy Expand article
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Employees who have an employment relationship problem with their employer, which could include a dispute with the employer or an allegation of bullying or harassment by colleagues, have the right to raise a personal grievance. In some cases, the employee may raise a claim of “constructive dismissal”. 

But what exactly is a claim of constructive dismissal, and why is the bar so high?

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Workplace Investigations on the Rise Expand article
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Every workplace experiences some form of employee disputes and misconduct, but when conflict arises what are your options?

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Time to Restructure? Expand article
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Due to economic challenges, we are now witnessing many business failures, massive drops in revenue, and very public job cuts in many sectors. Find out how businesses can optimize restructuring processes to overcome these challenges.  

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Should High Income Earners Have Access to Personal Grievance? Expand article
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The Minister of Workplace Relations agenda includes a proposal to block high earners from being able to raise a personal grievance under the Employment Relations Act 2000, as was the case prior to the Employment Contract Acts 1991.

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Big Hike in Living Wage Expand article
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From 1 September 2024, the Living Wage will leap to $27.80, and increase of $1.80 or 6.9%. This is on top of a 10% increase last year when the Living Wage was reassessed.

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Compensation for Emotional Harm on the Rise? Expand article
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A recent determination by the Employment Relations Authority suggests compensation to employees for hurt and humiliation may be on the rise.

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Should Employers face Double Jeopardy for Health and Safety Breaches? Expand article
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The Commissioner of Police is attempting to place employers in breach of health and safety regulations within the scope of proceeds of crime legislation, what does this mean for future health and safety offences? 

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Easter Trading 2024: What you Need to Know Expand article
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With Easter coming up, here is important information on employer obligations and employee entitlements.

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Trial Periods No Silver Bullet Expand article
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Businesses of any size can now propose a 90-day trial period for new employees.

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Time to update Screen Industry Contracts Expand article
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All contracts entered into before commencement of the Act are required to contain certain mandatory provisions by 30 December 2023.

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Christmas/New Year Public Holidays 2023/24 Expand article
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The situation this year is relatively straight forward because the four public holidays all fall on weekdays.  Therefore, they will be observed on the days they fall and do not transfer

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Increasing Importance of Tikanga in Employment Relationships Expand article
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In two recent Employment Court decisions the application of tikanga was a significant aspect. 

Tikanga, or societal lore within Māori culture, can best be described as behavioural guidelines for living and interacting with others. Tikanga tends to be based on experience and learning that has been handed down through generations, also deeply rooted in logic and common sense.

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