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.


Essential Update July - August 2014

You can read July - August 2014  Essential Update here

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When does a job offer become a contract? When it’s accepted!

But determining that can be a challenge. Consider client A, who offers jobs by email along the lines of “we are delighted to offer you the position of *** at...

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Mike's whereabouts in August

Ashburton : August, 6th, 7th, 13th, 20th and 21st

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What if an Employee lies during a disciplinary investigation?

The Court of Appeal has recently addressed this issue because an employee claimed the employer should have dealt with alleged lying as a separate disciplinary matter. The Court disagreed.

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Latest CPI data

The CPI figures for the year to 30 June 2014 have just been released at 1.6%, which is very consistent with inflationary pressures in the preceding 6 months.

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Get the 90-day trial right!

Yet another case has highlighted the importance of getting the detail of your 90-day trial clause right in Employment Agreements.

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Small Business Sector Report

The very first Small Business Sector Report has been released by Minister Steven Joyce, revealing valuable information on the sector which the Minister describes as the "backbone of the New...

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Essential Update - June 2014

You can read June 2014 Essential Update here

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Social networks – how useful are they as a recruitment tool?

With the labour market in Canterbury approaching full employment, many businesses are reporting difficulties finding talented staff.

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Alternate Days in Lieu

An interesting court case (NZ Aluminium Smelters) has confirmed that pay for a lieu day must be at the rate of what they would have earned – so 12-hr shift...

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