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.


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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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.

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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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