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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.
Mental health and drug and alcohol issues of directors, managers, staff and contractors are having a negative impact on companies across New Zealand and internationally.
18 kiwifruit contractors have recently had enforcement action taken against them following an operation by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (“MBIE”).
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.
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 can assist your business to soar or to crumble....
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.
New Zealand’s biggest health and safety reform in 20 years is one step closer. The object of the changes is to improve New Zealand’s appalling record in workplace safety. The independent task-force identified that health and safety needs to be driven from the very top.
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).
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
Far too frequently problems occur in the workplace as a result of a lack of listening. This lack of listening may involve an employee not listening to an employer, an employer not listening to an employee, or an employee not listening to one of their colleagues…
When our mental wellbeing increases, so does our productivity, creativity, empathy, physical health and resilience. Further, risks of mental and physical health are reduced.
Latest research in positive psychology shows us that optimal mental health correlates strongly with…
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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