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.


Mike's whereabouts in May

May 14th, 22nd, 28th

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Vocational pathways - helping people start careers

For any employer keen to help those just starting out, students studying NCEA level 2 upwards may be able to achieve vocational pathways - indicating particular interest/ability in one of...

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Health and Safety Reform Bill

This Bill is going to introduce the Australian-based legislation that has been promised but from my perspective contains a number of concerns for small businesses.  I have submitted a set...

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Be careful not to discriminate when recruiting!

The Human Rights Review Tribunal (HRRT) has ordered an employer to release confidential information to an unsuccessful job applicant to help assess whether he was discriminated against on the basis...

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New Health and Safety Help

ACC have developed cards that identify common site hazards and explain how to deal with them.

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Minimum wage increase and kiwisaver

On 1 April the minimum wage rose from $13.75 an hour to $14.25 an hour. Those of you who take a ‘total remuneration approach’ to Kiwisaver will need to ensure...

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Essential Update - March 2014

You can read March 2014 Essential Update here

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Wage increases and Being a Good Employer - the impact of Rates rises

All my Christchurch clients will all be aware of the large increase in rates that are coming through.

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Minimum Wage Increase

From 1 April 2014 the minimum adult wage will increase to $14.25 per hour. The starting-out or training minimum wage will increase to $11.40 per hour.

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Health and Safety Reforms - Fine Levels

I believe we will see significant changes to Health and Safety requirements this year (see my July 2013 Update) - and the current proposals include serious increases in levels of fines.

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