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.


MBIE Report on law change effectiveness.

The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment has just released a report on the impact of recent changes to the Employment Relations Act and the Holidays Act.

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Payment for Annual Leave – many employers either underpay or under-accrue. Do you get it right?

The Holidays Act specifies that Annual Leave must be paid out at the greater of "ordinary weekly pay" and "average weekly pay".

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Essential Update - May 2014

You can read May 2014 Essential Update here

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New Health and Safety regulations

The government has issued a draft set of regulations to support the new Health and Safety at Work Act.

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Mike's whereabouts in June

June 4/5th, 11th, 17th, 25th

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Dairy Farm Employment Compliance and Effectiveness

The government’s Labour Inspectorate has just concluded a review of 44 farms nationwide in relation to their employment law compliance.

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Budget 2014

Budget 2014 was announced last Thursday and is widely viewed as careful and considered. The underlying message is that the economic outlook is reasonably positive, especially with activity from the...

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Employing Skilled Workers

The official unemployment rate in Canterbury is now only 3.3% according to Statistics New Zealand – this is considered to be “full employment”.

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Essential Update - April 2014

You can read April 2014 Essential Update here

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Minimum Wages per fortnight

The government is proposing an interim measure to remedy a potentially massive problem for businesses in New Zealand off the back of some recent Court rulings.

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