TODAY'S NEWS - 23 OCTOBER

Posted on 23 October 2014

Why a living wage makes sense for employers

From guide2.co.nz

Now that the election dust has settled, Prime Minister John Key needs to think about his legacy. If he wants to be remembered for more than securing successive election victories, he needs to direct his attention to the pressing issues of the day.

One of the biggest challenges is something that might not immediately resonate with his core support but which matters to everyone who believes in the traditional Kiwi values of an inclusive society of opportunity for all.

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$13k payout for positive drug test firing

From HRMOnline.co.nz

A man who was dismissed after testing positive for cannabis has been awarded $13,000 after the Employment Relations Authority ruled his dismissal was unjustified.

Shaun O'Connor was employed at Ballance Agri-Nutrients Ltd for eight years. Prior to his dismissal he had received two warnings – one for smoking outside of designated smoking areas and a final written warning for dumping rubbish at the Mt Maunganui site where he worked.

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Concerns raised for ageing female workers

From TVNZ.co.nz

There's concern for ageing female workers with new research showing there's a large number working low-paid and physically demanding shift work.

Researchers say women will be particularly vulnerable as they age if they can no longer cope with long hours at work and their incomes suffer as a result.

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Sky City card dealer not constructively dismissed

From NZHerald.co.nz

A former card dealer at Sky City Casino who failed to report a serious breach of the rules was found to not have been constructively dismissed.

The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) said Wayne Wu was employed as a dealer in the Sky City Casino, where he dealt games including Baccarat.

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NZ Bus ordered to pay retired driver $8000

From Stuff.co.nz

NZ Bus has been ordered to pay a former driver more than $8000 in a decision that could extend to dozens of past and present employees.

Gloria Daue retired from her job with Wellington City Transport, a subsidiary of NZ Bus, in November after 34 years of service.

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Meat processor's third fine for serious injury

From NZHerald.co.nz

A meat works company has been fined $57,949 and ordered to pay $15,000 to an employee whose hand was crushed in a machine.

It was the third time Riverlands Eltham Limited was prosecuted for an employee suffering a serious injuries relating to machinery.

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