Posted on 20 November 2013
Worker fired for watching ABs loses case
An airport runway sweeper was rightfully dismissed after he caused flight delays so he could watch the All Blacks thrash Scotland in 2010, the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) has found.
Robin Muru complained to the ERA after he was fired his by the Auckland Council. His dismissal was based on his having spent six hours watching sports rather than doing his job.
Hiring guns that misfire
Job candidates say a bad experience during interviews gives firms a bad name.
Hiring managers need to understand they are not just representing their company when they interview job candidates; those same candidates will make judgment calls on them and their firm during the interview process too.
Worker's Santa sexual harrassment claims dismissed
A laundry worker who claims she was sexually harassed by her Santa-suited boss at a Christmas function has failed to prove she was forced out of her job after being harassed a number of times.
The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) has found Angela Roskam was not constructively dismissed from the Alsco laundry in Dunedin in January this year.
Young staff spend more on work trips
Young New Zealand workers are more likely than their older colleagues to make the most of business trips at their company's expense by spending up on high-end meals, airline upgrades and alcohol, says a global study released by Expedia and its business travel company Egencia.And New Zealand "millennials" (those under 34 years of age) are also more concerned with value and convenience than loyalty to a brand or airline, says the survey of more than 8500 travellers around the world.
Posted on 19 November 2013
Drug-testing process must be fair and reasonable
An employer must act fairly and reasonably in the process it implements to test employees for drugs.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted last week that he had smoked crack cocaine in "one of my drunken stupors".
His admission came six months after a newspaper and blog broke the story that they had seen a video of this happening. Another video has since come to light showing Ford in an expletive-laden rant, making threats.
Are people predisposed to claiming too many fake sick days?
It can be hard to pinpoint why someone is inclined to abuse their sick leave privileges, but a group of researchers have put forward a new explanation – genetics – and they have a study to back up their claim.
A team of researchers led by Peter Loewen from Toronto University studied more than 2,000 Swedish twins and found that people’s approval or disapproval of everyday dishonest behaviours has a genetic component.