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Workplace Health & Safety Reform 2014

Health & Safety in the workplace rules and regulations are changing. The Health & Safety at Work Act is currently open for submissions and the proposed changes are significant. WorkSafe NZ is the new regulator and this organization has already been established, the proposed new Act provides wide ranging powers to WorkSafe NZ and includes […]

Employment matters Q&A

Employment matters with thanks to Chapman Employment Relations Q. What can void 90 Day Trial Period? Answer: o    If the employee has previously worked for you (or a subsidiary). o    If the employee was not given a written employment agreement before commencing employment. Once they have started work they are considered an employee and so […]

Hot tips for increasing productivity

 With Barbican Training Centre  Increasing productivity is what keeps you ahead of the pack. It’s what keeps you afloat when the others are sinking. But staying productive can be a real challenge. At the end of the day, there’s a good chance that you are not satisfied with what’s been accomplished. If that’s the case, […]

Is it OK to become a Trustee or Director?

Obviously it is fine for you to become a director of a company you own. Becoming a director does come with responsibilities but as long as you operate within the law and meet your obligations as a director everything should run quite smoothly. Do note however that the responsibility for a company trading within the […]

Recruitment & Misrepresentation – Buyer Beware

Employment matters with thanks to Chapman Employment Relations Misrepresentation by a job applicant is a serious matter, but you still need to get the procedure right when managing the situation. Mr Richardson was employed by Fonterra as a Tanker Driver.  Prior to employment Mr Richardson was asked if he had any previous criminal convictions, he […]

IRD changes to payment dates

We recently received the following notice from IRD   “Changes to the Inland Revenue payment service at Westpac From 1 October 2014 customers will no longer be able to make cheque payments or drop off returns or forms at a Westpac branch. They will be able to continue making cash and eftpos payments at Westpac. […]

End of year check list

At the end of each financial year there are a number of things you need to do and some things you can do to make our job easier and to ensure the information you give us is both complete and accurate. Please ensure you complete the Client Questionnaire form(s) we have sent you. You will […]

Employment reference no longer confidential

Employment matters with thanks to Chapman Employment Relations An interesting (in our view disturbing) case from the Human Rights Review Tribunal which suggests references and the details of other candidates in a recruitment process are not as confidential as we all thought. Kevin Waters, aged 62, unsuccessfully applied for two positions with Alpine Energy, a […]

Parental leave payment increase

From the 1st July 2014, the maximum parental leave payment for eligible employees and self-employed people is now $504.10 gross per week, while the minimum payment is $142.50. To learn about parental leave in more detail or to find out more information visit the Department of Labour website.