Author Archives: SteveandHilary Newby

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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Hiring in this new world

You might want to hire staff in the next few months.  This is going to happen for a number of reasons. Some might be the usual reasons staff leave. For example, a staff member simply decides to move away from the district, to accept another offer of employment, to go to University or whatever But […]

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Keeping staff on by reducing wages, changing hours of work and other techniques

You as an employer have an obligation to run your business in a way that meets your goals whether these are money-oriented goals, social service goals or whatever. In deciding how to organise your business, you need to balance the staffing situation with those goals. For example, if you are a profit organisation and you […]

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Covid-19 Employment sites

Government alert levels  – https://covid19.govt.nz/alertsystem/covid-19-alertsystem/#covid-19-alert-system Business.govt.nz – Advice for businesses operating at Alert Level 1 – WorkSafe – General guidance for workplaces.  – www.employment.govt.nz/leave-and-holidays/other-types-of-leave/coronavirus-workplace/ WorkSafe on COVID19 – https://worksafe.govt.nz/managinghealth-and-safety/novel-coronaviruscovid/MBIE – https://www.mbie.govt.nz/about/open-government-and-official-information/coronavirus-covid-19/ Business support – https://www.business.govt.nz/covid19/ Ministry of Health COVID-19 – https://www.health.govt.nz/ourwork/diseases-and-conditions/covid19-novel-coronavirus Financial support – https://workandincome.govt.nz/covid19/index.html Without judging their value to you, here are a few […]

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Free Seminars

Dana Brown, Lychgate Funerals and Steve Newby NewbyHR (members of BNI Gateway) are running a series of free seminars covering recruitment, career management, health & safety and employment generally. The first session “How to get job offers! Why aren’t you getting jobs that you apply for?” was on: Wednesday 26 October 2016 at 6:00 pm […]

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