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8 December 2015

Readers of the international press will often come across colourful stories of human frailty where an individual leads a double life which is subsequently exposed. They may then lose their job shortly afterwards.

It only tends to be the dramatic cases that get reported; most of the New Zealand based cases involve people who did not retain their employment.  More...

25 November 2015

Headlines last week were dominated by the news of Charlie Sheen's admission that he had HIV.

The massive attention given to this news is a reminder that the disease still attracts strong emotions reminiscent of the 1980s and early 1990's when the disease first emerged and a diagnosis was an almost certain death sentence.  More...

10 November 2015

Even the more worldly readers will have been a little shocked by the underbelly of party life in Blackpool, England.

Local media reported that a Welsh reveller had a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses tattooed on his face during a stag-do.  More...

27 October 2015

Readers would have read earlier this month of Mils Muliaina's good news.

In April this year Mils Muliaina was arrested in Gloucester after a European rugby match for allegedly groping a young woman's bottom in a Welsh night club. Live television captured his arrest and him being led away by Police to a van.

The sexual assault charges were dropped by Police last week as there was not enough evidence to provide a realistic prospect of a conviction.  More...

13 October 2015

We have been told for some years now that the West is growing fat.

We are told that young children in New Zealand, along with their counterparts in Australia, and the United States and beyond, are getting fatter every year.  More...

29 September 2015

A vitriolic relationship between Star Wars actors for the robots C-3PO and R2-D2 illustrates a problem that many employers have with staff falling out with each other.

Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker are the only two actors to have appeared in all existing Star Wars movies and they are also set to star in JJ Abraham's forthcoming Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens.  More...

15 September 2015

All readers will be aware of the conventional wisdom that one should not enter into romantic relationships with those you employ. Various colourful aphorisms capture this sentiment.

If only we were perfect and followed conventional wisdom.

A recent case heard by the Employment Relations Authority in Auckland is a reminder of what happens when the romantic relationship festers and dies.  More...

3 September 2015

Some five-year-old schoolchildren in the Northland region are so angry they kick and bite teachers at the slightest provocation we are told. Other behaviour has included throwing books and chairs. One child apparently threatened to kill a principal.

Pat Newman, principal of Hora Hora Primary School in Whangarei and the president of the Principals’ Association covering much of the Northland area, reports that the problem is getting worse.  More...

18 August 2015

The Waikato District Health Board has introduced a policy that staff receive the current seasonal influenza vaccination.

If they don't, they are required to wear a surgical face mask during the so-called influenza season while undertaking clinical duties or being present in a clinical area.

We are told that three workers have been suspended, that restrictions have been placed on a fourth, and that one worker has been dismissed under the new policy.  More...

4 August 2015

Most readers will have heard of Harrods department store in London, and many will have shopped there.

The store has been a favourite destination for members of the Royal family and the English aristocracy. Its appeal dimmed somewhat when the owner of the store, Mohammed Fayed, alleged that the Royal family had a hand in the death of his son and Princess Diana.  More...

23 July 2015

Readers may be familiar with a recent opinion piece by corporate high flyer Nick Baber.

Nick Baber was a director of the professional services firm KPMG. Baber suffered from depression.

Baber bravely told his workplace of his mental health issues. Happily, Baber was overwhelmed by his colleagues' positive response.  More...

7 July 2015

Family law disputes are often the most bitterly contested. Perhaps next in line would be employment law.

People in a close and trusting relationship who part company often end up getting hurt, and the ferocity of the argument and any subsequent litigation often reflects this.

Combine a family dispute with an employment one and you have dynamite.  More...

24 June 2015

Ministers in the Church of England seem to be getting quite litigious. I recently wrote of a vicar who went all the way to the English Court of Appeal claiming that he had been unjustifiably dismissed.

The court ruled that he was not an employee, but rather that he was a person answering a call to the Ministry and was in a different category to people who are employed.

Very recently, the Rev Canon Jeremy Pemberton was stripped of his licence to officiate in the Diocese of Southall and Nottingham where he lives, following his high profile civil union to his husband Laurence Cunnington.  More...

11 June 2015

Against the backdrop of the recent Fifa scandal, it seems incongruous that in New Zealand we have idealistic youth playing in the under-20 football World Cup from North Cape to the Bluff.  More...

26 May 2015

Reverend Mark Sharpe claimed he was driven out of his Church of England parish in Worcestershire after his dog was poisoned, his car tyres slashed and his mail tampered with.  More...

12 May 2015

Employment legislation recognises the imbalance in power between the employer and a worker in an employment relationship.

Migrants who come to New Zealand to study, to work, or to live are likely to do so under the authority of a permit issued by the New Zealand government.

Many are looking to secure residence or citizenship in New Zealand. Often people come from impoverished backgrounds and look to New Zealand as a land of opportunity. Indeed, many of our ancestors came to New Zealand on the same basis.  More...

30 April 2015

ANZAC day remembrance services have happened throughout New Zealand and Australia.

The ramifications of both World Wars had a profound effect in New Zealand. Not only do the emotional repercussions continue to reverberate today, we also continue to see the effect on domestic life.  More...

14 April 2015

Sports fans will be familiar with Mils Muliaina's great rugby qualities. Muliaina was born in Samoa but raised in Southland. He played for the Blues and then the Chiefs. He is one of our outstanding fullbacks and one of a handful of All Blacks to play over a hundred test matches. He ended his career on a high, being part of the All Black Team that won the World Cup. He currently plays for the Irish club Connacht.

Readers will have been shocked to read of his arrest after a match in Gloucester.  More...

31 March 2015

Public reaction to bullying can be a fickle beast. The recent incidents involving Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson and X Factor NZ judges Willy Moon and Natalia Kills demonstrate this.  More...

17 March 2015

Employment law and the world of professional sports have an awkward relationship. Employment law principles can struggle to make sense when applied to the sporting context. But where does this leave those for whom sports is employment?  More...

9 March 2015

The moral issues that the Pope was recently wrestling with in Rome are the very same ones that our courts have wrestled with in New Zealand.

Pope Francis recently declared at his morning mass at St Martha's House that paying employees off the books is a very serious sin.  More...

19 February 2015

Employment law is replete with stories of bad behaviour.

A common mistake is to leap to dismissal without a proper investigation. Two recent cases in New Zealand give some guidance on this matter.  More...

3 February 2015

Readers may have heard about the recent plight of a postie whose case brings to mind the old principle that employees must personally perform their duties.  More...

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