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EMPLOYMENT LAW - ADDRESSING THE GENDER PAY GAP

How do you address the gender pay gap? This is the question the Joint Working Group on Pay Equity Principles (the JWG) had to answer when it was established by the government in 2015. This group consists of government, employer and union representatives and was tasked with recommending equal pay principles for government consideration.
Written by Shima Grice at 00:00

EMPLOYERS - ARE YOUR STAFF WITHOUT WRITTEN AGREEMENTS?

Despite legal requirements that all employees have a written employment agreement, thousands of New Zealand employees are still working without one, a recent survey by Statistics New Zealand has showed.
Written by Shima Grice at 00:00

EMPLOYERS: TAKE THE TIME NOW TO MAKE SURE YOU CALCULATE HOLIDAY PAY CORRECTLY!

Does your business pay overtime, bonuses or commissions to employees? If the answer is yes, then read on to ensure your employee’s don’t have a claim for more holiday pay. Most employers will be aware of the recent media reporting in relation to underpaid holiday pay for more than 24,000 public and private sector workers.
Written by Shima Grice at 09:00

DIRECTORS, CHIEF EXECUTIVES AND MANAGERS - HEALTH AND SAFETY IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY

Directors, Chief Executives and Managers - Health and safety is your responsibility! On 4 April 2016 the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 comes into force. This means that you only have a couple of weeks to ensure that your business complies with the new legal requirements. Will you be ready?
Written by Shima Grice at 14:00

ONE TOO MANY AT THE OFFICE PARTY? FEELING SHEEPISH?

You may recall that taxpayers were left to foot the bill for $700 worth of damage to two model sheep at the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment’s Christmas party last year – we will draw the line at speculating how that damage may have been done. So, with Christmas fast approaching, how do you ensure your office party antics don’t hit the headlines when your employees hit the booze?
Written by Shima Grice at 13:00

NEW EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS BILL INTRODUCED

On 13 August the Government has introduced the Employment Standards Legislation Bill for fairer and more productive workplaces.
Written by Shima Grice at 11:00

DO'S AND DON'TS OF DEALING WITH SICKLY STAFF

A recent TVNZ article has highlighted the fact that some employers have begun encouraging staff not to take sick leave by giving them an end of year bonus. What it didn’t discuss is how to deal with employees who continue to come to work, despite being clearly unwell.
Written by Shima Grice at 08:00

FIVE KEY CHANGES TO THE HEALTH AND SAFETY REFORM BILL

We now have some certainty about the future of health and safety law in New Zealand: on Friday the Transport and Industrial Select Committee finally reported back on the Bill.
Written by Shima Grice at 11:00

ON SHAKY GROUND - HEALTH AND SAFETY AND EARTHQUAKE STRENGTHENING

Two new pieces of legislation will affect the way landlords and tenants view their responsibilities for strengthening buildings and for ensuring they provide a safe place of work. The Building (Earthquake-Prone Buildings) Amendment Bill (EPB Bill) will establish timeframes within which building owners must assess and then either strengthen or demolish buildings identified as earthquake-prone.
Written by Shima Grice at 11:00

EMPLOYER ALERT MINIMUM WAGE SET TO INCREASE

The minimum wage is set to increase on 1 April 2015. Employers should take the time now to ensure that they will have the correct rate information going forward.
Written by Shima Grice at 00:00

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