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.


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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Essential Update - February 2014

You can view February 2014 Essential Update here

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Duty to Act in Good Faith cuts both ways

The duty to act in good faith underpins employment law in New Zealand. However it is, more often than not, used in the context of the Employer’s obligation to act...

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Fair Process where an Employee admits wrongdoing

A recent Employment Relations Authority ruling was that "... a good and fair employer, presented with admissions by the subject staff member, could conclude that (disciplinary action) was the only...

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74% of Employees have Conflict at Work

A survey by recruitment company FindEmployment in the UK shows 74 percent of employees have experienced conflict during their career, with 20 percent of them being “very serious”.

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Salaries and CPI

The government are suggesting that businesses should be giving pay rises if they want to keep skilled people and be attractive places to work. And they may well be right.

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Independent Directors

A useful way to help you direct your business – especially when you are stepping back from heavy involvement in the day-to-day running.

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Essential Update - January 2014

To view January Essential Update click here

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