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.


Medical Terminations - when is enough, enough?

When is enough, enough? When can you dismiss for medical inability? Generally, if you have been trying all you can to get the person back to work for a reasonable time and there remains no assurance that they can.  But there are steps that must be followed.

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Getting people Back to Work

How long does it take to get someone back to work after a longer-term accident/illness?  Make it quicker by using a Return to Work Plan.

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First sentence under the new H&S at Work Act

The 2015 Act has fined a company $100,000 for not having controls over a known risk.  And the fine would have been $275,000 if the company could pay.  

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No Work No Pay - can you do this?

It may be the weather; it may be unplanned absence, or it may simply be a lack of customers.  If you wish to be able to not pay staff for time when they aren't needed you need to get your Agreements and processes right.

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Pay Equity Update

Pay Equity issues are being raised politically.  There's been no real development yet, and I will speak when it goes to Committee.  Watch this space.

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Availability Clauses

These are required under the last round of legislation if you want to be able to require someone to work at times only when you need them.

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Bullying Becomes Bigger

Everyone is becoming more aware of bullying and its degrading impact.  From people  to the Courts.  A recent case awarded total costs of $98,000!  You don't need to bully to manage - it's time to learn the difference.

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Staff Motivation – healthy staff are happy staff

In this article I set out four ideas for getting happier (and more productive) staff.  Allowing rest, de-stressing, health checks and a good environment.  Are you a chicken or an egg?

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Wage Increases

Minimum Wage rates will increase by 3.2% on 1 April - going to $15.75 per hour.  December CPI shows overall CPI increases over the past year at 1.3%. It's time to plan!

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Employees, Contractors and Volunteers

MBIE are challenging whether volunteers and contractors are actually employees.  They may be considered so more often than you think.  You may contravene Immigration as well as Employment laws.

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