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.


Essential Update - September October 2014

You can read September-October 2014 Essential Update here

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Wage/Cost Increases

Stats NZ have issued two figures in the last week. The CPI figures for the year to 30 September have been released at 1.0% and the labour cost index reflected...

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Social Media at work

It seems logical to me that for you to be relevant to your business community you need to be employing staff who actively build connections within that community.

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BYOD!

No, I am not talking about bringing drinks to work. But this is a different idea relating to employing the technological generation: Bring Your Own Devices!

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Older workers are more accident-prone – False

Do workers over the age of 60 pose a higher risk to health and safety than their younger counterparts? A recent study by researchers at Brunel University in London proves...

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Dismissed for “Liking” a Facebook post

A manager has been fairly dismissed for “Liking” a Facebook post that was derogatory about her employer

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Restraint of Trade Clauses

 Many Employment Agreements have them – many more employers want them – but what is needed to be able to rely on one?

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90-day Trial Notice

A court has just ruled you cannot pay in lieu of notice and rely on the 90-day trial

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Employment Frustration

From time to time I am asked if it is OK to terminate someone’s employment because they cannot do the work and so the contract is frustrated.

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Quad Bikes – she’ll not be right!

Just how blasé can we be when it comes to things like quad bikes? The Courts have just fined a farmworker $15,000 for riding a quad bike on a farm...

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