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.


Deducting pay for short notice

It seems that I am finding an increasing number of situations where an employee gives short notice when they resign.

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Recruiting the right person is only half the battle

In my experience of recruiting it is absolutely essential to have a thorough and robust recruitment process.

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Office Work is Dangerous!

The British Journal of Sports Medicine has identified further evidence that prolonged sitting or standing in stationary positions is increasing the risk of heart disease and diabetes (at least).

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CCTV - Surveillance of Employees

I've recently had a couple of clients where CCTV has played an important role in determining whether or not an employee lost their job.

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Proposed Legal changes to Employment Contracts

Advance warning! The government is going to introduce changes to what you can/can't put in an employment agreement.  Expect:

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Trends in Performance Management

I have come across some clear trends in companies that want to make a difference in managing their staff performance.

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Improve Productivity with Flexibility

A Working Mum's Research survey in the US has concluded that those who are happy with their work-life benefits are 21% more productive and 33% more likely to stay with...

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Caring and Flexibility

Over 430,000 New Zealanders fit the description of a carer and some 90% of them are aged between 18 and 65, with the majority working full or part-time.

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Drug testing

The Drug Detection Agency in NZ conducted over 100,000 tests on jobseekers and employees in 2014.  Almost 6% of tests came back positive (despite improvements in the construction and forestry industries).

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90-day limit for Personal Grievances n/a

A recent court case has highlighted a legislated reason for a personal grievance being able to be raised outside the 90-day limit.

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