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.


Interesting Court Cases

Can you move your business and force an employee to travel further?  Just how much may the Courts fine if we just have a minor procedural flaw in a termination?  Can you deduct from a final pay where the employee has not given any notice?  ... for answers

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Harmful Digital Communications

Harmful Digital Communications became a criminal offence in 2016.  Be careful any online content you host does not allow for this.

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Penalties for breach of Minimum Standards

Two companies were fined $100,000 for breaching minimum wages and leave record requirements.  If in doubt check in with us - better a $50 phone call than a $50,000 fine!

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New Law affecting Retail workers

If you operate a Retail activity and wish to employ someone to work on Easter Sunday you must understand the new laws affecting this.  You cannot in any way require them to work this day - but have to give them the choice of not working - it's tougher than a Stat day.

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Medical Termination

Terminating employment for medical reasons is challenging for all involved, so before you can do this you need to have attempted everything reasonable to get the person back to work.  There are tried and tested paths for this, and they need to be worked on early.

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Pay as you go – Holiday Pay

Paying 8% holiday pay as you go may seem easy and avoid having to give leave - but if a contract goes over 12 months it can cost you - actual paid leave in addition.

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90-day Trial – yet again!

90-day trial clauses must indicate when they start.  And if done right this can be after completion of a pre-employment test.

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Protecting Wages - complying with the law

Recent law changes have highlighted the need to comply with the Wages Protection Act and it is starting to bite - a Wellington Grocer has had to pay $53,000.

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Paying Annual Leave as you go

A recent Court case has highlighted the need to only pay for leave as you go in certain situations - when your employee is employed fixed term for less than...

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90 Day Trial – Strikes Again

I know we have written about this in the past, but this is a timely reminder.

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