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  • 22 June 2017

    When allegations such as sexual harassment, bullying, or theft are made against an employee the employer must investigate the allegations before finding misconduct. There is a common misconception that such an investigation must be flawless for the employer to have acted justifiably. However, a recent Court of Appeal case clarifies the law around what constitutes a sufficient investigation.  More ...



  • 31 May 2017

    It has been reported that Auckland real estate salesperson, Samuel Clough, has lost his job after pleading guilty to methamphetamine charges. While perhaps unsurprising, it does beg the question as to what extent an employer can discipline its employee for conduct away from work.  
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  • 17 May 2017

    It is a reality of life that people get sick.

    Sometimes, the illness can take someone out of action for an extended period of time.

    This is certainly difficult for the person concerned, but will also often cause difficulties for their employer.

    While the majority of employers will want to support their employee as far as they can, they will also need to protect the business.  More ...


  • 3 May 2017

    2016 saw legislative changes introduced to give greater protection to important minimum employment standards. The change of approach from a ‘slap on the wrist’ to hefty penalties is evident through the Employment Relations Authority ordering an Auckland car valet company to pay $241,450 for failing to pay minimum wage and holiday pay. More ...


  • 3 May 2017

    Two Bills currently before Parliament are set to make significant changes to the face of employment law.

    One is intended to help victims of domestic violence in their employment. The other aims to allow employers to, through contract, remove the right of highly paid employees to bring personal grievances.  More ...


  • 19 April 2017

    One very recent development is that several companies have started microchipping their employees.

    While this futuristic development has real benefits, it's a case of the good news and the bad news, like most things in life.

    Swedish start-up hub Epicenter began implanting workers in January 2015 and now about 150 workers are microchipped.  More ...


  • 22 March 2017

    Huge damage has been caused to governments and private organisations by employees or contractors downloading or stealing information, often top secret.

    KGB spy Kim Philby copied a considerable amount of the British Government's secret intelligence in the 1960s but it was nothing compared to what he could do today.  More ...


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