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.


Caring and Flexibility

Over 430,000 New Zealanders fit the description of a carer and some 90% of them are aged between 18 and 65, with the majority working full or part-time.

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Drug testing

The Drug Detection Agency in NZ conducted over 100,000 tests on jobseekers and employees in 2014. Almost 6% of tests came back positive (despite improvements in the construction and forestry industries).

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90-day limit for Personal Grievances n/a

A recent court case has highlighted a legislated reason for a personal grievance being able to be raised outside the 90-day limit.

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April-May Essential Update

The Essential Update can be read here

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Immigration Law Changes

Changes to Immigration law are expected to be in place by 1 July; all of which should make those of you involved in hiring staff on work visas a little easier.

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Employing Migrant Workers - take care

They changed the law on April 30th. And fundamentally if you treat your migrant workers as you do other workers - with at least their minimum rights - you will...

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Champion Canterbury Awards

Do you know a company that has had done some amazing things; had an amazing impact on its staff or the community; or in some way is just worth celebrating?...

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CPI Falls

The Consumer Price Index has fallen by 0.3% in the last quarter, so that the annual rate of inflation is now only 0.1%.

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More Restrictions on use of Trial Periods

You need to be aware of two recent developments in the Courts with regards to Trial periods - they don't make things easy - but that's the law:

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Anzac Day 2015 – How does Mondayising affect me?

If your business is normally Monday to Friday then ANZAC Day affects you on Monday 27th, which should be treated as a public holiday for all staff.

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