Author Archives: SteveandHilary Newby

It’s the small things – little positive changes are good for business

Why is the colour yellow so important right now? With the downturn in business that Employers are experiencing, now is the best time to use your staff to brighten your workplace or office.   Colours like light yellow or other bright colours can lighten the staff’s mood and can make it more enjoyable to be at […]

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Changes to the Privacy Act & reporting serious privacy breaches

Privacy Act changes come into effect on the 1st of December 2020, and under the new Act, businesses will need to report serious privacy breaches.  A privacy breach is any unauthorised or accidental access to, disclosure, alteration, loss, or destruction of personal information, or an action that prevents the holder from accessing the information. Not […]

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Finding the Right Candidate Interview Essentials

Things that an employer must find out during an interview. Whether it’s your 1st or 100th employee, it is essential that you select the right person and the more time and effort that you invest in the recruitment process, the greater chance is that the new employee will perform well and help your business grow. […]

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What workforce practices might look like under a Labour & Green Coalition

This article is not meant to influence your voting but merely to set out in a very brief format what policies might apply in an employment setting should a Labour-Green coalition come into power after the 2020 election. First considerations It is likely that most of the current employment and workforce relations policies will continue […]

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How do you save $13,100 on your employment bill this year?

Feedback raises the possibility that there is a substantial wave of post-lock-down personal grievances about to hit employers and go through the Mediation and Employment Relations Authority pathway.  Most are about issues that occurred during the national lockdown, but it is likely that some might be pre lock down. Employment NZ report that the average […]

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Is it time to get employees back into the office after remote working?

Remote work does not tick the box for all businesses, especially if you are in, for example, manufacturing or the front-line customer service industries.  When you decide whether remote working will work for you, ask yourself, what are the pitfalls? Here are some of the major pitfalls that employers face. 5 Pitfalls of prolonged remote […]

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Annual Leave and COVID 19 Wage Subsidies

When they received the COVID – 19 subsidy, many employers also made changes to their employee’s hours of work.  Some reduced the hours from full time to part-time.  In some instances, this new arrangement became permanent. It is important to consider how these changes affect annual leave entitlements and to make sure that you are […]

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Parental Leave increase and your IEAs

Effective from 1 July 2020, the amount of parental leave increased from 22 weeks to 26 weeks, and ‘Keeping in Touch’ days for employees increases from 52 hours to 64 hours over the duration of their paid parental leave. What are ‘Keeping in Touch’ days? Keeping in Touch days allow parents to perform occasional work […]

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Fair treatment for labour-hire employees

From the 28 June 2020, the Government passed the Employment Relations Triangular Employment Amendment Act.  This allows an employee of a temp or agency company who is working for you to include you in a personal grievance. What is triangular employment Triangular employment is a labour-hire model where the employer (the agency) arranges for the […]

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Making staff redundant

Whatever your business goals are, it is inevitable that you may face a situation where you must make some of your stuff redundant. It might be a purely financial decision. It might happen as the wage subsidy expires.  You can no longer afford the staff member. Making staff redundant is fraught with PR potential problems. […]

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