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Politely referred to as a sideways shift, demotion is a touchy subject.
While fellow minister Judith Collins created "the potential for a perception of a conflict of interest", Prime Minister John Key said Williamson's conduct crossed the line and was a "significant error of judgment". This is apparently why she kept her job and he did not.
Left unchecked, workplace bullying can result in lost productivity and costly litigation. Despite this, there is no specific law in New Zealand prohibiting workplace bullying, and employees have had to rely on bringing claims using other legal avenues, such as harassment, discrimination, or a breach of health and safety obligations.
... an employer cannot just dismiss an employee because "their face does not fit". There must be justifiable grounds such as poor performance, misconduct or redundancy, and a fair process followed including warnings given where appropriate.
“Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver. Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT.”
Our February dispatch news
So when would this become an issue in an employment context? It most commonly arises in cases where a group of employees is claiming that a colleague or manager is engaging in inappropriate behaviour towards them, such as bullying, or sexual harassment.
Managing "career twilight" can be a challenge. Older employees often hold valuable knowledge vital to the smooth operation of a business and which can be difficult to identify and pass on, but they can also struggle to keep up with the pace of change, and might not recognise when it is time to move on.
The New Year can act as a catalyst for change.