In Tuition 3/08/2016 PROBATION PERIODS VS. TRIAL PERIODS……what is the difference?

I have seen many employment agreements that use confusing terminology relating to the use of trial periods and probation periods. Both are allowed and both are used to assess the suitability of that person to the role but, be aware, they each have different ‘rules’. Probation or trial periods must be agreed by both parties […]

In Tuition 03/06/2016 STAFF RESTRUCTURING…..the WHY and the HOW?

Inevitably there will need to be changes within an organisation. This may be as a result of the sale or purchase of a business, change in the marketplace or product, financial changes including an increase or decrease in funding or changes in technology. All these changes may mean a review of the number of staff […]

In Tuition – 16/03/2016 FIXED TERM EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENTS….What are they?

Last year I briefly talked about the difference between permanent, fixed term and a casual employment agreement. Now it’s time to get more familiar with what a fixed term employment is, when you can use it and how you use them. A fixed term employment agreement is one that is in place for only a […]

In Tuition – OurHR is your HR (Kapiti News 16/05/16)

WORKPLACE BULLIES……make a stand and say ‘NO’. Last Friday my children wanted to wear pink to school. I was completely unaware of why but they quickly told me that it was in support of ‘anti-bullying’. My research discovered that last week was the first Bullying free NZ Week. It certainly is not news to anyone […]

In Tuition – OurHR is your HR (Kapiti News 28/04/16)

There have been some significant changes to current employment legislation as a result of concerns relating to unfair employment practices and limitation of employment benefits. Some unfair employment practices included docking a petrol station worker for customer theft or expecting an employee to be on call 24 hours a day for no guaranteed hours (zero-hour […]

Privacy is important because…

We all care about our privacy.  We do not want our personal information being compromised or used incorrectly. The Privacy Act (1993) protects all New Zealanders from invasion of personal privacy by others or businesses both at home and at work.  Everyone is required to comply with the Privacy Act whether they are an individual, […]

CVs….what are the common mistakes?

When reviewing CVs for a role or writing your own there are some common mistakes.  Applicants need to ensure they are at the top of the list and not placed on the ‘reject’ pile because of these mistakes. Spelling mistakes, typos and grammatical errors – when one of the competencies of a role is ‘attention […]

Employee or Contractor….what do you have?

To decide whether to offer an employment agreement or enter into a Contract for Services you must first decide if the person being engaged is either an employee or a contractor. Generally speaking, an employee is part of the business and a contractor has their own business. An employee would have an Employment Agreement and […]

Our children….are they safe from your workers?

The Vulnerable Children (Requirements for Safety Checks of Children’s Workers) Regulations 2015 came into play on the 1st of July this year.  This Regulation has put in place some strict requirements when hiring workers who work with children. As from 1st of July this year all businesses and organisations that get partial or full funding […]

Workplace Health & Safety….don’t run for cover.

Are you hiding from the new Health & Safety At Work legislation?  Face Health & Safety head on, grab it and shake it into the workplace. There are some key things to think about when looking at what and how to implement a Health & Safety system.  At the very least there should be an […]