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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?[…]

Employment-Related Changes Affecting Employers in 2019

Employment-Related Changes Affecting Employers in 2019

This year is gearing up to one of frequent new developments and changes for Employers, with many of the coalition government’s programmes of work in the employment arena coming to fruition. December 2018 saw the passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Act 2018, with many changes affecting mostly employers with unionised workforces. However, there areRead more about Employment-Related Changes Affecting Employers in 2019[…]

90 Day Trial Period Recruitment – No Panacea for Poor Recruitment

90 Day Trial Period Recruitment – No Panacea for Poor Recruitment

In 2009 the Employment Relations Act was amended to enable employers to use 90 day trial periods for new employees. What this means for employers is that an individual’s employment can be ended in that 90 day period without providing a reason and avoiding any risk of a personal grievance. That is, providing the trialRead more about 90 Day Trial Period Recruitment – No Panacea for Poor Recruitment[…]

Rewarding Employees – Bullseye Alternatives to Salary Increases!

Rewarding Employees – Bullseye Alternatives to Salary Increases!

For some employers, annual reviews and the expectation of salary increases by employees fills them with dread. Sometimes, businesses are not in a financial position to raise salaries and despite best attempts, employers just don’t have the money to financially reward employees. Employers – don’t despair because there are incentives you can offer your employeesRead more about Rewarding Employees – Bullseye Alternatives to Salary Increases![…]

Do Employers have to top up Salaries for Jury Service?

Do Employers have to top up Salaries for Jury Service?

In New Zealand, Jurors receive very minimal compensation and often find themselves out-of-pocket after they’re called up – so do employers have an obligation to pay their employees when on jury service? There is no legal requirement to top up Juror fees unless stated in an employment agreement, but some employers choose to do soRead more about Do Employers have to top up Salaries for Jury Service?[…]