Posted on 8 April 2014

New guideline defines workplace bullying

Bullying is a significant and underestimated risk in modern workplaces. It is a hidden problem but not one that employers can afford to ignore.

Left unchecked, workplace bullying can result in lost productivity and costly litigation. Despite this, there is no specific law in New Zealand prohibiting workplace bullying, and employees have had to rely on bringing claims using other legal avenues, such as harassment, discrimination, or a breach of health and safety obligations.

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Mum claims pregnancy cost her job

A petrol station attendant believes she was let go from her job when a new lessee took over because she was pregnant.

Charlee Thompson, 23, will miss out on paid parental leave because she does not have an employer.

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Small Business: Teleworking opens new horizons

Glenn McNae reckons he can do business anywhere - the director of Auckland-based event management company Events Direct says he has been known to fire off designs, budgets and presentations to clients from a paddock surrounded by cows.

Working out and about is par for the course in the events industry, making working remotely a necessity.

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Posted on 7 April 2014

Navigating workplace investigations: mistakes to avoid

When an issue arises that requires a workplace investigation it can be the start of a long and expensive process for an organisation, so it’s important to get it right from the outset. So what can you do to make sure your investigations hold up to scrutiny?

According to McElroys employment law specialist  and Auckland District Law Society Employment Law Committee member, Christine Chilwell there are four mistakes that can be made that could see a case be considered procedurally unfair:

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Flexibility high on workers' list

Human resources teams will be kept busy this year as almost half of the Kiwi workforce look for a new job and employers will feel the bite as New Zealand moves towards a talent shortage.

Paul Robinson, director of recruitment and HR specialist Randstad New Zealand, says his company's latest World of Work Report reveals that 49 per cent of New Zealand workers will consider a job change and the results highlight the need for employers to invest in their workforce as talent resources get tighter and people look for greener pastures.

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Cultivate culture by… Paying new employees to leave?

As all HR practitioners know, it’s important to create a strong, positive and motivating workplace culture – but it’s not enough for HR simply to facilitate it. You also have to fiercely protect your workplace’s culture at all costs, even if it means your recruitment budget takes a hit.

This is the philosophy of online retailer Zappos, which offers new employees $2,000 to quit – and it seems to be paying off for them.

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