Posted on 3 March 2014
Worrying poll on staff engagement
So the team is into the swing of 2014, marching towards the second quarter of the year, working enthusiastically and feeling connected to the workplace. Or is it? The latest survey of employee engagement by international performance management consultants Gallup highlights some disturbing statistics.
The State of the Global Workplace: Employee Engagement Insights for Business Leaders Worldwide found just 13 per cent of employees feel engaged at work. This means they're excited about work, feel connected to their company and want to actively drive innovation and move the organisation forward.
Looking out for the low-skilled
'First jobs' is always an entertaining topic for discussion.
A friend recently revealed that one of her early jobs was in a lingerie department. Staff had to make the call whether to send their regular cross-dressing customers over to the men's section to try on garments - which was tricky - or let them into the women's changing rooms if it was quiet.
Filipino workers' pay probed
An official investigation has been launched into a Christchurch construction company which allegedly underpaid two migrants, and into the licensed immigration adviser who helped them obtain a visa.
Filipino men Emmanuel Francisco Jr and Carlos Claveron told The Press earlier this month that they had been left out of pocket after being underpaid for their work as a painter and a builder, respectively, for TCL Painting and Construction.
Failed applicant allowed to view CVs of others
A Timaru man accusing Alpine Energy of age discrimination for not hiring him has won the right to see the CVs of the other applicants. Alpine Energy maintained the employment applications should not be released because they were submitted in the expectation of confidence and also several had been destroyed. The tribunal dismissed Alpine Energy confidentiality direction and ruled that all relevant documents should be available to Mr Waters. After all statements and documents have been filed a hearing will be set down for four days.
Posted on 28 February 2014
Boozy employees? What’s an employer to do?
Managing employees with alcohol and substance problems is fraught with challenges. The mix of conduct, disability, incapacity and performance issues make this situation a minefield for employers and employment lawyers alike. The US Courts have recently supported the right to have a “you drink, you’re out” approach. Would the same response work in New Zealand? Minter Ellison Rudd Watts employment law specialists Jennifer Mills and Christie Hall shed light on this issue:
Meat worker sacked for refusing to work on Sabbath
A meat worker sacked for refusing to work on the Sabbath has been awarded almost $30,000 compensation after successfully arguing the decision breached his human rights.
Jalesi Nakarawa complained to the Human Rights Review Tribunal that Affco New Zealand terminated his job on religious grounds.
Sweet owner's employment battle turns sour
Round three of the employment battle between the owner of the Waikato's sweetest tourist attraction and a former employee has come to a close, and it's time to dish out the sweet stuff.
Candyland owner Michele Coker now has a bill totalling nearly $25,000 after losing an employment dispute and two appeals relating to it.