Posted on 11 February 2014
Managing 'career twilight' can be challenging
You may recall a recent story about an Auckland developer's intention to design an apartment complex exclusively for baby boomers.
The advertising promoted that the complex was looking for residents "who are still planning to climb Kilimanjaro, write their autobiography, party with the [Rolling] Stones, swim the Cook Strait or create a new startup".
Job seeker claims age knock-back
A Timaru man one year off receiving superannuation is taking Alpine Energy to the Human Rights Review Tribunal for age discrimination after he was not given a job.A pre-hearing was held in Timaru yesterday by the tribunal before chairman Roger Haines and members Ken Shirley and Deborah Hart to discuss disclosure of documents relevant to the case, with a hearing likely to be held in June.
Posted on 10 February 2014
Tips tackle bullying in workplace
People having trouble at work may want to arm themselves with some expert information before hastily resigning or making a formal complaint to their employer.
Putting all the issues into focus and exploring the realistic options can take time and money. Which is why Auckland employment barrister Michael Smyth has just published Employed But Under Fire.
Are unions a good deal for workers?
For the price of a flat white or a bottle of beer each week you could get higher wages, an on-call work advocate,mediator and employment lawyer - in case of emergencies - along with a swag of discounts with participating businesses.
Sound like a good deal?
It's the modern deal promoted by unions.
Stop looking at my chest
I was in a lengthy meeting recently and one of the male participants would not stop ogling my chest. No matter how hard I tried to hold his gaze, his eyes kept travelling south. The guy wore a wedding ring and certainly didn't come across as a creep, aside from this very offputting behaviour.
I don't know what caused him to do this or whether he was even aware he was doing it. But every other woman in the room sure was. I emailed one of my female colleagues who was present at the meeting afterwards to make sure I had not worn a top that was too revealing. I wrote, "Did my top show too much? Be honest." She wrote back (her capitals): "NOT AT ALL!!! He was staring at Jane, too."
Hefty fine for Jetstar work breaches
wo Jetstar companies have been fined $98,000 for breaches of employment law in Australia that began in New Zealand.
The case was brought by Australia's Fair Work Ombudsman over cadet pilots being made to pay for their training through deductions from their wages.
Shepherd wrongly fired after heart op
A shepherd who was sacked because he could not work while recovering from heart surgery was unjustifiably fired, the Employment Relations Authority has ruled.
The authority said Henry Cooper had a personal grievance for unjustified dismissal with Mt Pember Station owner John Ramsey.