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Give Your Employee A Chance To Change Your Mind

Plenty of New Zealand employers think the law is too “employee-friendly”. They cite cases where employees were surely at fault, but came away with big awards because the employer stuffed up the dismissal process. “How can that be fair?,” they wonder. They go on to assume that it doesn’t matter who’s right or wrong. Process […]

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Do Employers Have to Pay Extra for KiwiSaver?

KiwiSaver is a great scheme for getting Kiwis to save. After a decade we’re already saving billions collectively. The success of the scheme lies in making saving automatic. Contributions get paid because employers make the payments on their employees’ behalf. But what does it cost you as an employer? And is there a way to […]

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Do You Have To Pay That Bonus?

Many employers want to reward employees for outstanding achievements. One way to do that is to give your staff a bonus – to provide an incentive for higher levels of performance. Time and again, I see great intentions to begin with. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always play out as intended. Either it doesn’t get paid when the […]

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There’s More Than One Personal Grievance

Personal grievances come in more than one flavour. The most common one you hear about is the personal grievance for unfair dismissal. But did you know there are nine other types of personal grievance under New Zealand law? WHAT IS A PERSONAL GRIEVANCE ANYWAY? Before listing off the different types, let’s be clear about what […]

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Ending Employment For Medical Incapacity 

I’ve written before about what counts as a good reason to dismiss an employee. Those reasons include misconduct, poor performance, redundancy, and even incompatibility. But what if your employee is physically incapable of working? Medical incapacity may seem like a harsh reason to end someone’s employment. But it can be a fair basis to dismiss, in […]

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How To Calculate Your Redundancy Payout

“You’re redundant.” Those aren’t the nicest words you’ll ever hear. But many people face redundancy from their jobs at least once in their careers. For some, going through the restructuring process is harrowing enough. But to actually lose your job through no fault of your own, that’s another level. Your immediate thoughts may turn to […]