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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


  • Susan Hornsby-Geluk comments on Lynne Snowdon, Radio NZ former news chief

    Date: 29/09/2013

    The long and complex legal wrangle, fuelled by allegations of financial misdeeds and repeated appeals, has cost Snowdon more than $3.5 million, with the taxpayer funding RNZ's legal bill.

  • Protective Employers need to show some restraint

    Date: 25/09/2013

    It is a  fact of life for employers that good employees leave, and some of them leave to go to competitors. Many employers try to reduce the potential damage to their businesses by seeking to enforce restraints of trade.

  • Throwing a sickie may soon get tougher

    Date: 10/09/2013

    Abuse of sick leave and misuse of medical certificates only becomes problematic where patterns of absence develop or where a request for sick leave appears inconsistent with the employee's demeanour, or escapades as captured on Facebook.

  • Children's bill threatens fundamental rights

    Date: 27/08/2013

    Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has announced her intention to introduce new legislation designed to protect vulnerable children and "help them thrive"

  • Sick leave and social media - when can the boss step in?

    Date: 09/08/2013

    Susan discusses the issue on Radio Live. 

  • Sensitivity needed with quake fearful staff

    Date: 30/07/2013

    An expert witness in a case I handled recently described the onset of depression as being like twilight - you cannot pinpoint when it starts, but you know once it has arrived.

  • Women must negotiate to even pay disparity

    Date: 16/07/2013

    women suffer from systematically lower expectations when negotiating on their own behalf, and are more concerned at the reputational damage that could come from being seen as selfish, self-important, challenging or difficult, even before the employment relationship has begun.

  • Employers can do a lot to eradicate sexual harrassment

    Date: 26/06/2013

    An historical example which has recently made headlines is the story of Larissa Turner, who was subjected to sexual harassment in 1995 while serving on board HMNZS Wellington in 1995; the first time women had been deployed on a New Zealand Navy warship. Many of the 225-strong male crew welcomed their female colleagues by wearing T-shirts that read “BITCHES – biggest inconvenience the crew has ever suffered”. Last year, the commander of the Wellington on that deployment, Rear Admiral Jack Steer, was made Chief of Navy. 

  • Dear terrorist, you have failed to hit targets

    Date: 13/06/2013

    The letter contained 30 bullet- pointed performance issues that were causing al Qaeda concerns, including the terrorist's failure to answer his phone, failure to turn in his expense reports, ignoring meetings, refusing to carry out orders and airing al Qaeda's dirty laundry on online jihadi forums.

  • Law changes more than just technical

    Date: 11/06/2013

    At the heart of the debate are new laws relating to collective bargaining and the negotiation of employment agreements.