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1 December 2017

We are now in the lead up to Christmas, an important day for all to spend time with loved ones and celebrate the passing of another year. In 2017 Christmas will touch readers in different ways. The historic significance of Christmas is the birth of Christ and the impact that has on Christians and, to a lesser extent, the society we live in.

However, newer themes have clearly emerged over the years and some people are resistant to the idea of Christmas as a public celebration at all. Problems can arise when these different themes come together in the workplace as two Canadian employment disputes highlight.  More ...

15 September 2017

September 23 has been circled on calendars for months, and now the 2017 General Election is just days away. Political parties have released their policies and the election frenzy is ever-intensifying. What might these policies mean for employment standards? Where do the major political parties stand on important employment issues?  More ...

31 July 2017

The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) has issued a new set of rules for on-course apparel which have received considerable backlash from golfers and fans alike. The new rules forbid female golfers from wearing plunging necklines, leggings, collar-less shirts or revealing skirts on the course. A breach of these new rules will carry a $1000 fine that doubles each time the player reoffends.  More ...

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 ...

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 ...

1 March 2017

The number of fraud stories being reported by the media at present must have employers wondering how they can prevent this happening to them. One of the best methods of doing so it to undertake thorough screening before employing anyone.

A striking recent fraud case is that of 30 year old Miramar woman, Jenna Davidson, who used a corporate credit card to defraud Wellington Airport of $40,000 while working there. She then went on to work for ACC and used the same method to defraud the government agency of $40,000.  More ...

Cullen - The Employment Law Firm was one of the first eleven law firms in New Zealand approved to provide employment law services to Government and the public sector.

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