Posted on 25 February 2014
NZ business owners look to staff for successors
New Zealand business owners are ranked among the highest in the world in their desire to have existing staff to buy their businesses.
The latest research by accounting firm Grant Thornton showed that 64% of New Zealand business owners are relying on staff to buy their businesses. Only Japan and the Philippines (68%) had higher figures amongst the 45 countries surveyed.
Minimum wage up 50c
The Government will lift the minimum wage from $13.75 to $14.25 an hour from April 1, Prime Minister John Key says.
The decision to lift the rate was made against the background of an improving economy, with a fall in unemployment to 6 per cent, he said.
Posted on 21 February 2014
Lie detector tests for job applicants
Telling the odd fib may be OK but would you lie to your potential boss to get a job?
Polygraph, or lie detector, tests are now being offered to New Zealand companies and recruitment agencies for use in pre-employment checks. The test is part of a growing industry in background checking of new staff, as employers become more aware of the need to make sure they are hiring the correct person.
Guidelines for managing workplace bullying
Best practice guidelines on workplace bullying, released today by WorkSafe New Zealand, are a big step forward in support and guidance for businesses and individuals about what is a prevalent workplace hazard.WorkSafe New Zealand releases guidelines for managing workplace bullying.
FBT: When staff take work cars home
Today I will address the potentially thorny issue of employees taking motor vehicles home for garaging.
As a starting point, a fringe benefit arises, and liability for FBT arises, when a motor vehicle is made available to an employee for private use.
Worker fails to win racism claim
An air conditioning technician whose supervisor called him a "nigger" has failed to pin a series of grievances on his employer.
Jef French claimed he was sacked unjustly, disadvantaged and racially harassed while working for Hamilton-based McAra Air Conditioning Ltd between 2009 and 2012.