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Attracting and Retaining Talent May 18, 2022

With low unemployment and increased competition for people, businesses are changing their offering to attract and retain the best employees. It’s not just about money; the pandemic has caused people to re-evaluate their priorities, how they want to work, and who they want to work for.

So,...

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Getting Holiday Pay Right Nov 30, 2021

Do you have staff taking leave over Christmas? Are systems in place to make sure everyone gets what they’re entitled to?

Even if someone else handles your payroll, you are responsible for making sure holiday pay and leave payments are handled correctly.

Remember:

  • Whether your staff work...
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Contractor vs Employee Nov 11, 2021

Getting it wrong could be costly!

Is that team member an employee or a contractor? It’s important to know the difference, because getting it wrong could be an expensive mistake.

The Employment Court has recently issued three warnings to employers who have tried to label their employees...

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Could a 4-day week be a good fit for your team? Sep 20, 2021

The pandemic has acted as an impetus for reflection, with many workers and business people reassessing the hours they work and the priority that work has in their lives.

A survey from Slack showed that 72% of respondents would prefer a hybrid approach to work – i.e. a mix of remote and...

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The Holidays Act is Changing Jun 15, 2021

But you’ll need to comply in the meantime

A major overhaul of the Holidays Act 2003 is underway, which is welcome news because this is a notoriously tricky Act for businesses to comply with.

Many businesses have been caught out over the years, including Bunnings, NZ Post and McDonalds....

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Covid Vaccinations and your Employees Apr 17, 2021

As the vaccination programme rolls out across New Zealand, you might be wondering what your obligations are as an employer.

Employment New Zealand has released some guidelines to help employers understand their role in the vaccination process. Below is a very brief summary of their...

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Writing a Job Description Apr 11, 2021

The key things to include

As your business grows, there will be an increasing need to create new roles and hire new employees.

A job description will be an essential document for defining the responsibilities of the role, outlining the kind of applicant you’re searching for, and setting...

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Take Some Small Steps to Better Wellbeing Sep 11, 2020

We are living in uncertain times right now. The situation changes daily with new challenges to overcome. We are all feeling the strain. So what can we do to manage the stress and regain some much-needed sense of wellbeing?

Research shows that doing something (no matter how small) is the best way...

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The difference between Restructuring and Redundancy Aug 11, 2020

In the current economic climate, your business may be exploring cost-saving options, including reorganising or downsizing your workforce.

If you are looking at restructuring and the possibility of redundancies, you need to understand the difference between the two, as they often get mistaken for...

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Personal Grievances where Employment Relationship is Triangular Jul 14, 2020

Recent Changes

A triangular employment relationship is when you are employed by one entity, but your work is actually under the control or direction of another entity. For example, under the labour for hire model or via a recruitment agency.

The changes: Up until mid-2020, employees could only...

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Five ways to Boost Mental Well-being at Work Jul 06, 2020

If you’re a business owner or manager, there’s a lot you can do to support your staff to maintain positive mental health and in turn, keep your business profitable.

Studies say ‘happy employees are more likely to be productive employees’ (Kaplanet al., 2009) and...

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