Posted on 21 March 2014

How to find a freelance gem

Too much work and not enough people to do it? Before you commit to the lengthy process of hiring new staff, read on.

A freelance worker or contractor is not the same as a short-term or temporary employee. Instead, they are responsible for deciding when they work, who they work for and whether they need to sub-contract work out.

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Are you a King Arthur or a Napoleon?

Organisations are putting themselves at risk from Napoleon-like leaders who can use their influence and self-serving motives to undermine a company’s objective according to new research.

Although Napoleon may be a well-respected leader, when it comes to managing conflict at a senior level and creating effective management teams, it may be best to take a page from King Arthur’s book.

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Former Nova man is liable

A long-serving senior manager of gas retailer Nova Energy has been found liable for the losses Nova incurred after he used confidential information in his next job.

Nova, a subsidiary of Todd Corporation, told the Employment Relations Authority that Michael Mitchell took and used confidential information when he left to head an energy brokerage.

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Vineyard contractor fined

Two of the people working for a Marlborough vineyard contractor without employment contracts were not legally allowed to work in New Zealand, an Employment Relations Authority determination says.

The determination fined TP Manu Ltd and its Blenheim-based director Fakatouola (or Willy) Pulukamu $3000 for having three staff without written employment contracts.

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Posted on 20 March 2014

Court ruling will have big knock-on effect for HR

Lawyers are advising HR departments to review employment agreements and company practices relating to meal and rest breaks in light of Employment Court decision (Greenslade v Jetstar).

The Court ruled that Jetstar pilot, Robert Greenslade, has the right to take meal and rest breaks during shifts.The ruling overturned an earlier decision by the Employment Relations Authority that found in Jetstar’s favour.

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Have your say on Health and Safety Reform bill

Submissions are now being accepted by the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee on the Health and Safety Reform Bill.

The omnibus Bill proposes reform of New Zealand’s workplace health and safety system and seeks to replace the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 and the Machinery Act 1950.

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Lessons from the 'Harlem Shake' case

Employers should consider when summarily dismissing employees whether their behaviour violates a range of policies, in light of a recent Employment Relations Authority ruling.

In a commentary on the case of “Harlem Shaker” Craig Flynn vs Fonterra, Cavell Leitch employment team partner, Peter van Keulen, advised employers should investigate whether unacceptable behaviour by individuals could fall under other disciplinary grounds that may make a stronger case for dismissal.

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Bodacious: How to boldly change employee attitudes in seconds

He was massive. He was feared. His name was Bodacious. There was just a handful of cowboys in the country whose attitude he couldn’t change — in less than eight seconds.

Recognized in the rodeo community as “The World’s Most Dangerous Bull,” Bodacious, a Charbray bull, bucked off 127 of 135 riders during his career. As impressive as the 1,900-pound beast’s record of being nearly impossible to ride, was his record for breaking a cowboy’s pride and face. The bull was known for a "power move," where his hind end would make a rider lean forward, and then the bull’s head would smack the cowboy in the face—often breaking noses or creating more serious injuries.

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