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A Bus Accident and the $960K Consequence

A Bus Accident and the $960K Consequence

The latest Health & Safety prosecution in New Zealand during September has involved one of New Zealand’s largest transport companies – Ritchies Transport Holdings Ltd (‘Ritchies’). The bus transport company has been ordered to pay $750,000 after the brakes in one of its buses failed and it sped down a gully, killing three passengers andRead more about A Bus Accident and the $960K Consequence[…]

Maintaining Employee Morale when your Business Needs to Change

Maintaining Employee Morale when your Business Needs to Change

What can employers do to ensure changes in the business don’t destroy employee engagement and morale? Whether it’s resignations, restructuring, re-branding, a new way of working or simply a move to a new office building, any sort of business change involving employees can affect employees’ morale, engagement and levels of job security. So how canRead more about Maintaining Employee Morale when your Business Needs to Change[…]

Remote Control – Managing a Mobile Workforce!

Remote Control – Managing a Mobile Workforce!

How can businesses ensure they are offering the best duty of care to their workers who are mobile? It is anticipated more businesses and contractors are set to provide services directly within their regions and New Zealand-wide, and away from their main workplaces / worksites than ever, creating a huge mobile workforce. A transient workforceRead more about Remote Control – Managing a Mobile Workforce![…]

You Did What Now?!  Terminating an Employee on Leave

You Did What Now?! Terminating an Employee on Leave

Navigating through any dismissal process can be challenging (much like eating Grandma’s boiled cabbage!) for an employer, and it can become even more complex when the employee you’re about to terminate is away from work on leave. A business can terminate an employment agreement even while the employee is on leave but, there needs toRead more about You Did What Now?! Terminating an Employee on Leave[…]

Workplace Bullying and Intimidation – A Health & Safety Perspective

Workplace Bullying and Intimidation – A Health & Safety Perspective

Many employers make the mistake of focusing only on hazards or risks that pose a threat to the physical harm of workers, as this is often very visible and easily identifiable. However, hazards and risks that threaten mental harm should not be overlooked, including bullying, harassment and intimidation in the workplace. The Health and SafetyRead more about Workplace Bullying and Intimidation – A Health & Safety Perspective[…]

Permanent – Fixed-Term – Casual Employees – What is the difference and which do I need?

Permanent – Fixed-Term – Casual Employees – What is the difference and which do I need?

There can be a lot of confusion around the different types of employment status in NZ. It is important for employers to get the status of employees correct and to comply with the legal requirements for each whether it’s casual, fixed term or permanent. The one commonality between all three is that there must beRead more about Permanent – Fixed-Term – Casual Employees – What is the difference and which do I need?[…]