Essential HR

We aim to share short, informative posts on current developments and ideas in the HR space that are of practical use to employers and employees alike!

The Essential HR Team wants to make sure you always know what is happening in the world of human resources. Here we provide you with latest news and updates from Essential HR, as we identify them.  This includes our own analyses, summaries of key legal developments month by month, and useful tips for your organisation.


Costs of Settling Personal Grievances

Here's a really good article on the costs of defending PGs: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/settlement-agreements-pragmatic-alternative-litigation-erin-burke/?published=t

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New Year - new plans

As the new year starts, for many businesses this is a great time to think and plan for the year ahead.  Strategic HR thinking helps identify your people-related needs. 

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Christmas Parties without Problems

Have you ever attended a Christmas party that ended with a very embarrassed staff member (or two) arriving at work the next day to a little, or a lot, of ribbing following some less that professional conduct - This is an article Mike wrote for the Ashburton Guardian with some helpful reminders.

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Chill and Refill for 2018

It's that time of the year again. Right now, most businesses are flat out and all going well, you will be planning a break for you and your team. January is a great time to plan for success in the year ahead.

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Labour Inspector Visits

Along with many other election promises, Labour have promised more than double the current number of Labour Inspectors  in their term. So, what will that mean for you?

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Let’s do this - what will Labour deliver in their first 100 days

In terms of Employment Relations, what changes have already been passed and what can we expect to see from Labour in their 100 day plan?

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Should you go to work when sick?

Why do some people still go to work while they are sick, even if they risk spreading their germs and making others sick? The answer may be obvious if the sick leave would be unpaid; but you can do things to help your team to avoid this practice.

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Making GP’s your allies

How often is a medical certificate too vague, or a workplace assessment too general to be helpful?  How often have you heard excuses for no medical certificate? We have a relationship with a medical centre that makes these things positive.

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Are sick employees giving you a headache?

Are you at your wit's end with sick employees? You aren't alone. Here is a recap of what steps you can take when dealing with the forever errant or sickly employee.

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Changes to Working Visa Requirements

From 28 August anyone employing staff on work visas in the Skilled Migrant or Essential Skills categories may find what has worked in the past may not do so now.

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