Human Resources / Employment
In order for your business to be a success, you need to be surrounded by like-minded people with good core skills and values, aiming for the same end goal. In essence, this is your dream team. But how do you ensure you’re recruiting the right team players?Read more »
With the holidays coming up, you may have started to think about whether to employ some extra people over the holidays. If you do, think carefully about the kind of help you need and broadly what kind of employment contract is best suited to the situation.Read more »
As we come to the close of 2016, the last ten months has seen many businesses across New Zealand face a variety of sometimes overwhelming, but always unique, challenges.
Through this, the ability to engage and retain valuable employees remains a critical risk for all,Read more »
Irrespective of the size of a business, one of the challenges for any business owner is to be able to attract and retain talented staff.
One means of doing so is an effective remuneration package that motivates staff in a way that aligns their performance with the owner’s business objectives.Read more »
We spend most of our lives working rather than with the ones we love, so it seems only sensible to ensure the relationships we have at work with our colleagues or employees are healthy and happy, as well as professional.
It’s not about suddenly spending time together outside of work,Read more »
We have long known we’re a nation powered by small business. And that lends itself to highly personalised ways of doing business, strong relationships going back a long way, teams that feel like family.
That’s why it’s so devastating when a business finds out someone they’ve trusted has cheated them,Read more »
It is taking time for the impact of this year’s employment law changes to sink in. Parental leave and the demise of zero hours contracts received a lot of press. Enforcing employment standards has had some coverage but always sounds a bit abstract in comparison.Read more »
As you’re no doubt aware through the media recently, errors within holiday pay calculations are more common than we’d like to think and not just limited to Government organisations.
Due to the complexity of the calculations required to monitor and record holiday pay,Read more »
On 4 April 2016, the New Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) came into effect. All workplaces are now covered by the HSWA. The key emphasis of the law is on everyone in the workplace (the employer, workers, unions,Read more »
The Employment Standards Legislation Bill came into effect on 1 April 2016.
The aim of the bill is “to promote fairer and more productive workplaces by providing enhanced protections and benefits for both employers and employees”.
“Specifically the bill:
Extends parental leave and payments to more workers and increases the flexibility of the parental leave scheme through amendments to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Act:
Provides for stronger and more effective enforcement of employment standards (such as the minimum wage and holidays entitlements) through amendments to the
Employment Relations Act,Read more »
From 1 April 2016, there are further changes to paid parental leave.
The amount of paid parental leave that eligible people can take will be extended from 16 weeks to 18 weeks.
Parental leave payments will also apply to more workers.Read more »
An organisation’s payroll function can be a confusing and time consuming task, but there is a range of options available that can help. Rather than battling away in isolation, an organisation could consider acquiring an appropriate software package, using a third party payroll contractor or outsourcing the payroll function to an internet-based provider. Choosing the right option will inevitably be a case of balancing the cost of each option against the advantages to be gained. The main options are outlined below.Read more »
Many businesses continue to struggle in the current economic conditions and for some, a decline in revenue through a sudden loss of custom could be quite damaging. As such, the unexpected resignation of an employee who has strong customer relationships could potentially jeopardise the business,Read more »
The new Employment Relations Amendment Act 2010, which came into effect on 1 April 2011, extended the 90 day trial period to all employers; prior to the amendment only those with fewer than 20 staff qualified.
The Employment Relations Act legislation requires that in order for a trial period provision in an employment agreement to be valid,Read more »
The salary you set must balance the recruit’s expectations with your business’ profit.
What is your budget? What can you honestly afford? Bearing in mind you’ll need room for pay increases down the track. Is the person in a role where you’ll be able to measure their contribution to your bottom line?Read more »
A recent global survey highlighted some intriguing facts and issues for employers when hiring, and managing employees born between 1980 and 2000. This demographic, known as the ‘millennial’ generation, is showing they have clear preferences for how they want to be employed and managed.Read more »
A recent case must have given some employers pause for thought.
The Employment Court has ruled that employers must pay KiwiSaver contributions in addition to the minimum wage, not inclusive in the minimum wage. In a ‘total remuneration’ package, the gross wage must amount to at least the minimum wage plus compulsory employer contributions.Read more »