TODAY'S NEWS - 17 OCTOBER

Posted on 17 October 2014

Boss can't stop staff playing politics

From NZHerald.co.nz

Now that the general election is over, employers will be breathing a sigh of relief that they have another three-year respite from issues raised by employees wanting to stand for office, or needing time off work to campaign for their preferred political candidates.

This is an even bigger concern for public sector employers, where it is imperative that state servants "keep their jobs out of their politics and their politics out of their jobs," as the State Sector Commissioner advised.

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Success: Enlisting the power of older staff

From NZHerald.co.nz

Don't disregard enlisting older staff as the war for talent rages, says the Kiwi head of a global healthcare provider.

Grainne Moss, managing director of Bupa Care Services New Zealand, says businesspeople often discount employing anyone beyond their mid-50s, believing those employees are coasting into retirement and they'd be better recruiting someone younger.

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Who is most prone to work-related injuries?

From HRMOnline.co.nz

Agriculture, forestry and fishery workers officially have the highest rate of injury claims, according to a new report from Statistics New Zealand.

Just under one-quarter of agriculture, forestry, and fishery workers had a work-related injury claim accepted by the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) in 2013.

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Guard fired over 'p****' insult wins job back

From NZHerald.co.nz

A Warehouse security officer who was sacked for allegedly calling a customer an "arrogant p****" has won her job back.

Margaret Harris was sacked from The Warehouse's Kaikohe store after a complaint from the husband of a customer last February.

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IT worker awarded $30k after seven months of exploitation

From NZHerald.co.nz

The employer of an IT support worker who was exploited over an almost seven-month period has been ordered to pay him $30,000.

The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) found Steven Prestage, the chief executive officer and sole director of Australian-based Forte Alpha Operations, breached the Employment Relations Act 20 times by inciting, instigating, aiding and abetting the company's breaches of Richard Newall's employment agreement.

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