New Zealand firms have given the thumbs up to new employment law aimed at creating a more flexible work force by letting employers negotiate the terms of meal breaks and overhauling collective bargaining rules.
The Parliament last month passed legislation which aims to increase labour market flexibility and cut the regulatory burden and compliance costs for small- and medium-sized businesses
New Zealand is facing a unique challenge according to recruiting experts Hays, managing an ageing workforce who are working longer in highly skilled jobs and the possible flow-on effects to the talent pipeline in which young talent could be restricted from entering those roles.
And Hays warns failing to find a balance between ageing workforce with the continued development of new entrants to the labour market will hurt an organisations competitiveness long-term.
Two businesses have been handed hefty fines and ordered to pay reparations following incidents in which workers were maimed by machines without guards. And the sentencing has prompted Worksafe New Zealand to remind businesses about the necessity of machinery guards.
Gourmet biscuit and condiment manufacturer Meycov Food Limited, who trade as Rutherford & Meyer, has been fined $12,500 and ordered to pay reparation of $45,000 following an incident in which an employee was burnt by a biscuit baking machine on 10 January, 2014.
Many of us have worked with someone whose name sent us into fight-or-flight mode.
Maybe that person still sits beside you?
How do you deal with workplace meanness day-in, day-out when it can make you oscillate between wanting to punch someone and wanting to run out the door?
Increasing numbers of workers are now tied to jobs in which their employer is under no obligation to provide work.
Unions are warning the shift toward such insecure work is creating an impossible situation for people trying to make a living.
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