Archive: 2015

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.


CPI Falls

The Consumer Price Index has fallen by 0. 3% in the last quarter, so that the annual rate of inflation is now only 0. 1%.

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More Restrictions on use of Trial Periods

You need to be aware of two recent developments in the Courts with regards to Trial periods - they don't make things easy - but that's the law: The decision that…

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Anzac Day 2015 – How does Mondayising affect me?

If your business is normally Monday to Friday then ANZAC Day affects you on Monday 27th, which should be treated as a public holiday for all staff.

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Feb - Mar Essential Update

My February-March Essential Update can be read here.  It is significantly focused on the need to be pro-active in managing staff.  Enjoy. Mike

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HR Advisor and Business Assistant Needed at Essential HR

Jade is, unfortunately moving on, so we are looking for a new person, both to undertake HR advisory work and assist me with general administration and marketing.

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Human Rights and Employment

You will probably be well aware of employees taking personal grievances.

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Zero-Hour Contracts

There has been a bit of publicity about such contracts recently.

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Minimum Wage Increases

Please be aware that the minimum wage increases on 1 April to $14. 75 per hour (an increase of 3. 5%).

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MBIE imposing penalties for treating Employees as Contractors

MBIE are sending a strong message to employers, particularly in the construction industry - that you cannot treat employees as contractors just to avoid keeping wage records; paying PAYE, paying…

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Keeping You Posted

1 September 2021

Covid-19 – Applying for a Wage Subsidy – Deadline Thursday 2nd Sept

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30 August 2021

Covid-19 – Preparing for Level 3

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24 August 2021

Covid-19 – Accessing Resurgence Support

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We share an analysis; summary of key legal developments and useful tips. You can receive our regular updates, sharing a summary of key legal developments, analysis and useful tips. Each monthly newsletter includes Mike's whereabouts, and the articles posted throughout the month.