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Can deductions be made for failure to give notice?

October 27th


The 2016 changes to the Wages Protection Act 1983 combined with an Employment Court ruling have changed the landscape for deductions.The Wages Protection A...

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Are you using the right type of employment agreement/contract?

October 16th


Using the right type employment agreement is key to being clear on expectations, protecting your business interests and reducing risks of misunderstandings...

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Workplace bullying and harassment, how well are you managing the risks?

September 27th


There have been a number of recent cases in the Employment Relations Authority where constructive dismissal allegations have been linked to claims of bully...

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Time and leave records – what must be kept?

September 18th


A  couple of weeks ago I attended the immigration update which again flagged the importance of time and leave records.  Apart from all other legal obligati...

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90 day trial period, are you getting it right?

September 11th


The 90 day trial period was first introduced in 2009 for employers with less than 20 employees.  In 2011 the trial period provision was extended to all emp...

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Harmful Digital Communications Act, what does it mean for Employers?

September 4th


In July 2015, the Harmful Digital Communications Act (HDCA) came into effect.With the rise in digital communications this act is about deterring, preventin...

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What is on the governement agenda?

June 29th


There are currently a number of Bills (proposed new laws) that have employment implications that are at the reading or select committee stage in Parliament...

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Staff Rewards and Recognition

June 27th


Ideas for retaining staff is a question we are being asked more and more.  This is often because recruiting skilled staff has become a challenge.  Times li...

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Employment Changes from 1st April 2017

May 23rd


The start to the financial year has seen increases in minimum wage and IRD mileage rates along with the final changes from the 2016 implementation of minim...

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Employment changes from 1st April 2017

April 5th


This week has seen the minimum wage increases and final changes to the minimum employment standards come into effect. The minimum wage rates (exclusive of ...

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New appointment to Grow HR board and changes to the company’s leadership team

March 20th


We are pleased to announce a new appointment to the Grow HR board and changes to the company’s leadership team.Senior consultant and Grow HR shareholder Ma...

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Do staff surveys really work?

November 17th


Yes, yes and yes – if they are used for their intended purpose!Staff surveys take the guesswork out of what your employee’s are satisfied with, and not so ...

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Contractor Prequalification – Health and Safety

November 15th


The use of health and safety prequalification processes have become increasingly popular this year. If you engage contractors to work for you, or if you ar...

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90-day trial periods in the limelight

September 9th


Once again 90-day trial periods have been hitting headlines as individuals challenge their former employer’s application of the statutory 90-day trial peri...

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Gastro Outbreak – What employers (and employees) need to know

August 16th


Hawke’s Bay is currently facing one its most significant community, health and business interruption events.  It is currently estimated that around 2,000 p...

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When your people are sought after....

July 25th


Keen basketball fans may have seen NBA superstar Kevin Durant has agreed to sign with the Golden State Warriors for the next two years. Closer to home, we ...

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Getting the Ducks in a Row

July 19th


Drug and alcohol testing in the workplace hit the headlines again yesterday when a former Envirowaste worker was awarded over $32,000 without deduction aft...

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Payment of Holiday Pay in the Headlines

July 3rd


Making headlines earlier this month was the news that not all government employees have been paid holiday pay correctly. Others have come out to say that t...

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Off with a Bang!

July 3rd


These first couple of weeks in April are certainly more than just the beginning of the financial year for a lot of companies. If this wasn't enough to be f...

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Getting the best out of young, first-time workers

October 7th


View Director Murray Cowan's presentation on the challenges of getting the best out of young workers who may be in their first job.

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Hazard Management - How to spot the dangers at work

September 18th


View Grow HR's Health and Safety Consultant; Andrew Morton presentation on the legal obligations for employers around hazard identification and management.

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How to hire the best person

September 7th


View HR Consultant Mandy Cartwright's presentation on tips and tricks to help employers make sure they get their recruitment processes right...

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Managing Sickies

September 1st


View Human Resources Consultant Lynette Blackburn presentation on how to manage “sickies”.

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Demystifying Health and Safety

August 31st


View our presentation on the myths and realities of Health and Safety management in the workplace

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90 Day Trial Periods – Can they benefit your business?

August 19th


View our Employment Relations Specialist Gerrad Brimble's presentation on the benefit to businesses and the key requirements to consider when using the 90 ...

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2015 - July Newsletter

July 31st


Read about Bills in Parliament, Getting the Language Right and Pay Controls...

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Working with Children

June 15th


Read how the The Vulnerable Children Act 2014 has now been passed. 

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Employment Legislation Changes – What is on the Horizon?

June 15th


Read about the Employment Standards Bill the Government is expected to introduce to Parliament later this year...

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Grow HR – Now in Napier

June 15th


Grow Hr is now in Napier! This is an exciting development for our team at Grow HR and we look forward to the closer contact with our clients around the Nap...

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Grow HR in the News

June 15th


Read the Hawke's Bay Today article about Grow HR - HR firm grows business by tailoring solutions...

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Food (and Rest) for Thought - Changes to Rest and Meal Break Provisions

April 13th


On 6th March, 2015 new provisions for rest and meal breaks were introduced into legislation. These provisions are intended to provide greater flexibility t...

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Payments for Public Holidays

December 13th


There are four public holidays over this Christmas/New Year period – Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and the second of January.  These are fallin...

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Payments for Public Holidays

December 10th


There are four public holidays over the Christmas/New Year period – Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and the second of January. Payment for public...

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Employment Relations Update

August 22nd


A matter of interest where the Employment Court overturned an Employment Relations Authority determination was De Bruin v Canterbury District Health Board....

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Pre-Employment Checks

August 22nd


Finding out as much as relevant and possible about your preferred candidates before employing them is our recommended approach to recruitment. The 90 day s...

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Askyourteam.com Survey Tool

August 22nd


We are delighted that we have recently been approved as a Partner Advisor for the newly launched survey tool Askyourteam.com. This new tool which has been ...

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Rehabilitating Staff Back to Work

August 22nd


With Mandy office fairly bound due to an injury (non-work by the way!) for the last few weeks it seems timely to write about the support available to help ...

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Random Drug Testing in a Safety Sensitive Workplace

May 7th


In a recent ERA matter a construction labourer was dismissed by his employer after he failed a random drug test. He sought interim reinstatement. In the de...

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WorkSafe New Zealand launched

April 28th


On 16 December 2013 WorkSafe New Zealand was launched with a focus on transforming New Zealand-wide attitudes and performance in workplace health and safet...

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Why it's so important to have a good Position Description

April 28th


This is something we HR professionals talk a lot about. To the point where sometimes you can see an employer’s eyes begin to glaze over when they hear the ...

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Employment Relations Amendment Bill

December 13th


The Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee has released its recommendations on the proposed Employment Relations Amendment Bill. The Bill is p...

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Employment Relations Update

October 7th


Recently the Employment Court has provided some helpful clarification as to what constitutes casual employment. In the case of Baker v St John Central Regi...

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Is your employee employed in the right way?

October 7th


There are many different ways to engage an employee. They could be employed under casual, permanent or fixed term employment agreements and they may have s...

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Case Review – Importance of Clear Terms and Condition

July 5th


Soanes and Brown v Cardrona Adventure Park Limited, highlights why it is always important to be very clear about terms and conditions from the beginning of...

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A quick case law round up….

April 19th


There seems to have been an extraordinary amount of activity in the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) and Employment Court of late.  A quick snapshot of...

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Ringing in the Changes!

February 14th


Change is the law of life and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. (John F Kennedy) The New Year is often a time of c...

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Leadership Gardening – Developing Effective Leaders

October 19th


In the last article on this subject, I wrote about the importance of selecting the right raw materials in terms of core leadership competence and also orga...

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Leadership Gardening - Selecting Future Leaders

October 18th


When talking at leadership week, I used the analogy of gardening, to explain how to develop great leaders. Over two installments, I thought I would share a...

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The Dangers of Employment Agreements

August 8th


Are your employment agreement templates up to date? Do they support your business? We have recently reviewed some employment cases and noted an increasing ...

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In Times of Change

April 5th


I recently heard from an employer who had a major contract up for renewal. There was a feeling of nervousness as the current contract had encountered some ...

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Having Landed the Right Fish

February 9th


Like that fish we talked about last time, a staff member not properly cared for once landed can soon go “off”.We need to talk about how to get your staff o...

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Landing the Right Fish

September 9th


Recruiting is a bit like fishing…the process is often costly, time consuming and sometimes fails to result in a fish for tea (or results in you hooking an ...

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