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Mike Johnson

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Costs of Settling Personal Grievances

Here's a really good article on the costs of defending PGs: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/settlement-agreements-pragmatic-alternative-litigation-erin-burke/?published=t

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New Year - new plans

As the new year starts, for many businesses this is a great time to think and plan for the year ahead.  Strategic HR thinking helps identify your people-related needs. 

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Christmas Parties without Problems

Have you ever attended a Christmas party that ended with a very embarrassed staff member (or two) arriving at work the next day to a little, or a lot, of ribbing following some less that professional conduct - This is an article Mike wrote for the Ashburton Guardian with some helpful reminders.

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Chill and Refill for 2018

It's that time of the year again. Right now, most businesses are flat out and all going well, you will be planning a break for you and your team. January is a great time to plan for success in the year ahead.

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Labour Inspector Visits

Along with many other election promises, Labour have promised more than double the current number of Labour Inspectors  in their term. So, what will that mean for you?

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Should you go to work when sick?

Why do some people still go to work while they are sick, even if they risk spreading their germs and making others sick? The answer may be obvious if the sick leave would be unpaid; but you can do things to help your team to avoid this practice.

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Making GP’s your allies

How often is a medical certificate too vague, or a workplace assessment too general to be helpful?  How often have you heard excuses for no medical certificate? We have a relationship with a medical centre that makes these things positive.

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Medical Terminations - when is enough, enough?

When is enough, enough? When can you dismiss for medical inability? Generally, if you have been trying all you can to get the person back to work for a reasonable time and there remains no assurance that they can.  But there are steps that must be followed.

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Changes to Working Visa Requirements

From 28 August anyone employing staff on work visas in the Skilled Migrant or Essential Skills categories may find what has worked in the past may not do so now.

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Getting people Back to Work

How long does it take to get someone back to work after a longer-term accident/illness?  Make it quicker by using a Return to Work Plan.

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