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Check out our fortnightly publication in the Dominion Post, (picked up by Stuff), our latest Dispatch and links to our Radio Interviews at Radio Live. Our latest topics to news and current affairs relevant to you in employment law and human resource practice. 

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  • Lessons in revenge, served two ways

    Date: 10/03/2015

    To completely ruin a great idiomatic expression, in the recent debacle involving Karen Hammond and her former Hastings employer NZCU Baywide, Hammond baked her (offensive) cake and ate it too.

  • Clean your hands before you take on your boss

    Date: 25/02/2015

    Sometimes a decision by an employee to take legal action against an employer can backfire spectacularly.

    Last week, disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong continued his downward spiral and demonstrated how poor his judgment actually is.

  • Shedding light on after-hours activity

    Date: 10/02/2015

    The social media expose of the late-night antics of a pair of employees of Marsh Insurance in Christchurch has again brought the issue of out-of-work activities into the limelight.

    In this case, the conduct took place in the office, but after hours.

  • How staff bonuses can bite the boss

    Date: 27/01/2015

    Employers are increasingly offering prospective staff significant bonuses and performance pay to lure and retain the best people they can. But making promises about bonuses and other incentives needs to be carefully considered.

  • Zero Hour Contracts

    Date: 30/12/2014

    The Labour Party has recently announced a private members bill seeking to make “zero hour contracts” illegal. These types of employment agreement have become de rigeur in the UK in the wake of the global financial crisis and the struggle by businesses in the retail and hospitality sectors to stay afloat. Business has sought to find creative ways to keep a large pool of labour at the ready, but with minimal obligation.

  • Written questions avoid problems

    Date: 16/12/2014

    Many people have secrets that they would prefer the wider public, or even their friends and family, never found out about. But what happens in an employment relationship when an employee has a deep, dark secret?

  • Health and Safety Risks in docking pay

    Date: 02/12/2014

    Claims have flooded in from employees in the retail sector recently, saying that their pay has been docked by their employer to cover customer theft. These people are attendants at petrol stations and check out operators at supermarkets, paid close to the minimum wage. 

  • Keeping it in the family can turn sour

    Date: 18/11/2014

    Mixing business with pleasure can be messy. But, in small businesses, it is an unavoidable reality. In this context, friends and family often form the backbone of the workforce, but, when the family start feuding, the wheels can fall off in a spectacular way.

  • Radio NZ Interview: Workplace behavior under spotlight following Sutton resignation

    Date: 18/11/2014

    Employment law specialist Susan Hornsby-Geluk on workplace behaviour after the resignation of Roger Sutton.

  • The case of the worker who never worked

    Date: 04/11/2014

    One individual who probably knows nothing about an 8 hour working day hit the headlines recently and has become a poster boy for benefit fraud and pension theft around the world. Italian coal miner Carlo Cani recently retired from employment after a long and distinguished career doing, well, virtually nothing.