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News Archive

News Archive

Our fortnightly articles published by Dominion Post, picked up by Stuff, and NZ Herald, radio interviews, and commentary on topical issues


  • Support staff often victim in elections

    Date: 23/09/2014

    It is a fickle business this politics. One minute you have a job, and the next you don't.

    This is part and parcel of being an elected MP - but spare a thought for the people who are employed to support them. These are the people who are employed to work for a particular MP or minister, and whose fortunes stand or fall with theirs.

  • Honesty always the best policy

    Date: 09/09/2014

    If we have learned one thing from the lead-up to the election, it is that honesty is the best policy. This slightly tired maxim is not limited to those engaged in dirty politics - it goes for employees just as much as it does politicians.

  • Care needed with trial periods

    Date: 26/08/2014

    One of the key areas of divergence between the major political parties leading into the election is in the employment relations space. There is change on the horizon whatever the shape of the next government, but the most emotive issue relates to the use of trial periods to dismiss workers

  • Office predators may be in for a surprise

    Date: 12/08/2014

    Sexual harassment in the workplace is an insidious reality. Often perpetuated by people in a position of power over the victim, it cans be incredibly difficult for staff to stand up and challenge this behaviour.

  • Focus on health and safety sharpens

    Date: 29/07/2014

    Workplace health and safety is back in the media spotlight after a recent appeal of a major retailer's sentence and the progress through Parliament of new legislation set to line up our regime with that of Australia.

  • The employee strikes back...on the web

    Date: 15/07/2014

    Most of you will be familiar with the hotel review website TripAdvisor. Did you know you can also review your workplace? Websites such as Glassdoor and JobAdvisor offer employees the same anonymous field day and breeding ground for airing grievances in a vacuum

  • Holidaying workers raise suspicions

    Date: 01/07/2014

    When it comes to sickness there are two types of people. One will soldier on with or without Codral. The other will take sick leave at the drop of a hat - loudly proclaiming to anyone who will listen that they have never been so sick.

  • Employers keep ownership of what you create

    Date: 17/06/2014

    Many  of us spend a large part of our lives at work, and it is natural that we feel a sense of pride and even ownership in what we produce. But, what happens when we leave our employment - can we take what we have created with us? And what happens if an ex-employer has a problem with this? 

  • Blair's discussion on Radio Live 4.20pm

    Date: 11/06/2014

    Blair discusses the MBIE report on trial periods on RadioLive Drive. If you have missed out on this; select the segment at 4.20 pm 11 June 2014.

  • In the clutches of long term unemployment

    Date: 03/06/2014

    Right now there is a buzz emanating from the United States about discrimination on the basis of unemployment.

    The long tail of the recession flowing from the global financial crisis continues to afflict millions of people who are out of work.