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  • Dreamworld tragedy could have NZ implications

    Date: 02/11/2016

    The increased financial penalties for breaches of the health and safety legislation are intended to deter non-compliance and risk-taking. However, they are just one aspect of deterrence and it is tragedies like the accident at Dreamworld which highlight the true and immeasurable cost of things going wrong. Employers and other duty holders should need no more incentive than that in order to comply with their health and safety obligations.

  • Not all workplace discrimination is illegal

    Date: 19/10/2016

    There are a number of limited exceptions provided for in the Act that allow an employer to lawfully treat employees or prospective employees differently on the basis of a prohibited ground of discrimination. These exceptions include situations involving national security, where a position that is limited to one sex is for the purposes of an organised religion, and the ability to take into account a person’s political opinions when considering them for a role that is political in nature.

  • Headhunting has its risks

    Date: 05/10/2016

    A new employer who knowingly hires an employee in breach of a restraint of trade clause can find themselves being sued for facilitating a breach of an employment agreement.  

  • Chiefs' stripper investigation should have been independent

    Date: 21/09/2016

    Any investigation undertaken by an employer needs to be procedurally fair and must accord with natural justice. However, investigations will not all take the same form and will vary depending on the circumstances and the nature of the issues under investigation.

  • Psst! Can you keep a secret?

    Date: 07/09/2016

    Employees need to realise that stealing confidential information from their employer is a very serious matter, both from an employment law and criminal perspective

  • Burnout on the Rise

    Date: 24/08/2016

    What is clear is that employers need to act swiftly when they become aware of an issue. I have been involved in cases where employers have either wilfully or out of ignorance ignored signs of stress displayed by employees.

  • Unions flying low on Air New Zealand staff image investigation

    Date: 24/08/2016

    Leaked videos and pictures of Air NZ staff misbehaving could end the careers of those involved, an employment expert says.

  • Game Changer for Parental Leave

    Date: 17/08/2016

    Chloe Luscombe's article appeared in the Wellington Woman Magazine 2016 Issue 2. 

  • Sickie Games your crew might play

    Date: 10/08/2016

    ‘Sickies’, as they are widely referred to, present a difficult challenge for employers as they can be notoriously difficult to prove. So what rights and protection does the law provide employers?

  • Workplace drug testing is not black and white

    Date: 27/07/2016

    Many employers have a “zero tolerance” approach to drugs and alcohol within the workplace. However the employment institutions do not tend to take such a black and white approach...