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A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

I wish to pose a question. What should an employee do, who is entitled to a substantial annual bonus calculated on the gross sales of their employer’s company, the bonus…

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A tribute to Chief Judge Colgan – his legacy lives on

The Chief Judge of the Employment Court, Judge Colgan, retired in 2017 after being on the bench for 28 years. The current employment landscape in New Zealand owes much to…

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Bullies, bullies everywhere! – Bullying at work is the new buzz word

In this article I wrote about bullying in the workplace and the new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 which came into force on 4 April 2016. With fines…

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What is Bullying, and what are an employer’s obligations to prevent it?

Bullying at work is a huge bugbear for employers. Section 6 of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 (HSE) requires that an employer take all practicable steps to…

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Grievance Claims, Reinstatement and Prohibitive Awards are not worth it for Employers

Figures obtained under the Local Government Official Information and Meeting Act showed that $405,000 was paid out by Auckland Council (AC) in settling and defending 35 personal grievance claims for…

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Employment Relations Act 2000: The unforeseen consequences

The Labour party usually makes law changes during their term that will benefit employees, not changes that will make access to justice more costly and difficult. In 2000, the Labour…

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