Essential HR

Archive: 2016

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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Genuine non-monetary rewards

I had a meeting with a client a few weeks ago. I am sure you will be able to identify with this client.

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Minimum wage for salary-earners

Employers need to check that any salaried Employees who are paid under $40,000 p.a are still being paid at least the minimum wage.

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