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Pay Trends - June 2018 Expand article
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The signalled increases in the Minimum Wage are significant at around 7% per annum for the next 3 years.  The Pay Equity settlement for aged care workers set a trend with increases of over 20%. Follow...

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Fair Pay Agreements - June 2018 Expand article
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This amounts to re-establishment of the old award system – by stealth over time, if not immediately.  The spectre of demarcation disputes is there, with the group charged with “determining the scope o...

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Trial Periods Expand article
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It is hard to see what the fuss is all about.  In Australia, a 12 month qualifying period applies for small employers (those with <15 employees) with a six month qualifying period for large employers....

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Workplace Investigations - June 2018 Expand article
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The key benefits to you will be: An independent investigation of the issue concerned, free from in-house politics and bias, Sound judgment in forming the recommendations, A comprehensive written repor...

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Medical Incapacity Expand article
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This issue was recently addressed in the Employment Court in Lyttelton Port Company Ltd v Chris Arthurs [2018] NZEmpC 9. Briefly, the facts that gave rise to the case were that Mr Arthurs was a cargo ...

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Payment for Meetings Expand article
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By way of a brief background of facts, Smiths’ City had been holding pre-work meetings (approximately 15 minutes long), prior to store opening hours.  The purpose of the meetings was work related, i.e...

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Privacy Bill Expand article
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Such a review is inevitable given the vastly different information environment we live in now versus when the Privacy Act came into effect in 1993.  During the course of this 25 year period, the digit...

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Holidays Act Review Expand article
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Our experience is that, even with the best will in the world, there are very few employers managing to pay their people correctly at present.  Nothing about the current laws enables a systemized appro...

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Welcome Sam Audeau - June 2018 Expand article
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Sam is a seasoned HR practitioner who has held senior specialist and generalist HR roles, and prior joining us, held senior Employment Relations and HR Management roles in the private and public secto...

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Triangular Employment - Impact on Labour Hire Expand article
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For some time the concept of triangular employment has been an issue.  In the recent case of Prasad v LSG Skychefs [2017] NZEmpC 150, to which the current legislation applied, the Court found the empl...

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Christmas/New Year Holidays - The Basics Expand article
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This year the public holidays are straight forward.  Because 25 & 26 December and 1 & 2 January are not weekend days, the holidays are observed on the days they fall. Therefore employees who would oth...

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Streets Ice Cream - A salient reminder from Australia Expand article
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If you can’t remember NZ industrial relations in the 1970s study this Australian example of what could happen under the Fair Pay Agreements the Government is proposing. The industrial relations enviro...

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