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There is no particular form that this needs to take and it can be as simple as sending an email stating the employee is raising a personal grievance, outlining the grounds, and setting out the remedies that the employee thinks will fix the problem.
This situation raises interesting questions as to whether New Zealand employers can legitimately take action against their employees for being involved in protests that they may disagree with or which are otherwise contrary to their interests.
In short, an employer can not discipline or fire an employee for being involved in a protest.
The recent criticism of Facebook for potential privacy breaches has reinforced our collective consciousness around the importance of privacy settings and using devices and social media in a way that protects personal privacy.
Racism has been a hot topic recently, both internationally and in New Zealand.
When it comes to office politics, temperature can create a real divide with the battle lines often draw on the basis of gender. Recent research suggests that the reason female coworkers may be complaining about the cold, while their male colleagues are perfectly comfortable, is biological.
The legal profession has faced significant scrutiny over the past 18 months in light of the #metoo movement. This has been long overdue. The efforts of the likes of Zoë Lawton and Olivia Wensley in particular have been important in highlighting the working conditions and harassment young practitioners can face as lawyers.
There has been an uneasy silence by both parties since last week’s closed door meeting between the Teachers Unions and Education Minister, Chris Hipkins. Whilst we await news as to whether there has been a break in the impasse, there are indications that both parties are seeking to take a more conciliatory approach.
A healthy work-life balance is important, and the Holidays Act recognises this. The Act states that employees are entitled to 4 weeks paid annual holidays a year “to provide the opportunity for rest and recreation”.
Whilst there is a fair way to go in New Zealand in ensuring that the anti discrimination laws are effectively applied, we are still significantly ahead of some other countries.