Employers are being encouraged to check their statutory liability insurance in the wake of changes made to the Sentencing Act 2002 which will allow the Court to award reparation to employees injured in the conduct of a crime, to compensate the shortfall in ACC payments.
According to law firm Simpson Grierson this means that in relation to health and safety prosecutions, companies will potentially be liable for far higher reparation awards made up of not only lost wages but other losses as well, such as medical costs and the loss of other benefits.
It's free, it's flexible and it's (usually) fast so there's no surprise that a growing number of employers are turning to Skype and other such platforms to interview potential new employees.
The amount of HR managers conducting video interviews has quadrupled in the last year alone rising from just 14 per cent in 2013 to 63 per cent in 2014 but with some employers relatively unexperienced in the world of online interviews, it can be easy to make some mistakes.
When a popular employee just isn't cutting it, it can be hard to make the final call and it's likely you've used ample excuses to keep them around as long as you have: they keep office spirits up, they're part of the team, it wouldn't be the same without them sound familiar?
Whatever the reasons are, at some point, they just aren't enough anymore and you have to let the employee go. But how do you do it without putting a serious dent in staff morale? Here, Aubrey Daniels, CEO of HR consulting firm ADA, offers his advice.
A coroner has highlighted a "strange" obligation on employers to provide a safe work environment for employees but not others following the death of a toddler in an unfenced farm rubbish hole.
Otago-Southland coroner David Crerarhas released his findings into the death of Charlie Aaron Unwin, 2, who was found by his mother in a rubbish hole that contained household rubbish and rainwater on June 12, last year.
The principal argument against taking strong action to curtail the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change has long been that it will be economically costly. By putting a price on carbon, goes the logic, people will spend more for gas, more for home heating - more for many things in the economy, given the dominance of fossil energy in our lives.
A new study just released by the National Bureau for Economic Research, however, now turns this argument completely on its head - arguing that it is warmer temperatures that may be the real economic cost.
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