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Helping hands helping themselves - what to do if an employee steals from you

Helping hands helping themselves - what to do if an employee steals from you

We are increasingly hearing of stories in the media of "trusted" employees stealing from their employer. Employee theft can take different forms - from stealing cash from the till to complicated schemes involving fake invoices and fictitious employees. Whatever form it takes, employee theft is an awful experience for employers - financially and emotionally. Below are some steps we can take to minimise the damage.

By Claire Mansell - 23 Jun 2014

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Can telling a lie get you fired?

Can telling a lie get you fired?

The Court of Appeal has confirmed that a deliberate lie by an employee during an investigation into misconduct can justify dismissal. The Court recently refused leave to appeal in the case of George v Auckland Council. This case involved the dismissal of a senior employee after her employer concluded that she had lied in her explanations during a disciplinary investigation.

By Claire Mansell - 16 Jun 2014

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Supreme victory in Leaky Home case

Supreme victory in Leaky Home case

The Supreme Court has today opened the door for many more home owners to bring claims in the Weathertight Homes Tribunal (WHT). The Court ruled in favour of John and Helen Osborne who have been battling to have their leaky home claim declared eligible in the WHT. They brought their claim within ten years of a code compliance certificate (CCC) being issued by Auckland Council but their claim was found to be ineligible.

By Andrew Steele - 10 Jun 2014

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10 questions to ask before buying leasehold property

10 questions to ask before buying leasehold property

Recent reports tell of owners of million dollar properties around One Tree Hill abandoning their homes. This highlights the potential pitfalls of buying leasehold titles. In these instances the annual rent has suddenly risen, sometimes by 800% or more. This is as a result of rent reviews which are carried out at set times under the lease.

By Kay Keam - 28 Apr 2014

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New national policy on earthquake strengthening for buildings

New national policy on earthquake strengthening for buildings

The previously haphazard approach to earthquake-strengthening requirements in New Zealand has given way to a national policy. The new requirements will impose significant costs on owners of earthquake prone buildings.

By Kay Keam - 10 Apr 2014

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The redundancy process - analysis and information are key

The redundancy process - analysis and information are key

Being a good employer sometimes means making difficult choices. Decisions aimed at improving profitability and efficiency can come at the cost of someone's job. Good communication and transparency from a company is important if you're to avoid employment disputes and litigation headaches. 

By Claire Mansell - 26 Mar 2014

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Health and safety in the workplace - what the new regulations could mean for you

Health and safety in the workplace - what the new regulations could mean for you

"Good health and safety is good for business.  It is an investment in improved productivity"  - So says Simon Bridges MP in announcing the introduction of the Health & Safety Reform Bill to Parliament this week. This Bill is part of the Government's overhaul of the workplace health and safety system in New Zealand, introducing the biggest reforms in this area for 20 years. The Government is targeting a 20% reduction in New Zealand's workplace injury and death toll by 2020.

By Claire Mansell - 14 Mar 2014

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Employment law issues - setting off on the right foot

Employment law issues - setting off on the right foot

With the New Zealand Herald reporting that business confidence has risen to its highest level in almost 20 years, the start of 2014 has seen a great deal of increased optimism in the economy. As businesses prepare for a year promised to be marked by strong economic growth, we have seen a number of mergers and acquisitions and streamlining of existing businesses through redundancies. There has also been a lot of activity in the employment market due, perhaps, to employees having greater confidence to make a move. 

By Claire Mansell - 7 Mar 2014

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Protecting your pink dollar

Protecting your pink dollar

In the six months that have passed since the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Act 2013 (Act) came into force, New Zealand has proudly hosted approximately 361 same-sex marriages. The excitement and hype that followed the Parliamentary announcement last April has been slow to wane, and rightly so; the passing of the Act remains a significant step towards the equalising of LGBTI rights both in New Zealand and globally. 

By - 21 Feb 2014

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Changes to the Consumer Guarantees Act are good news for consumers

Changes to the Consumer Guarantees Act are good news for consumers

Many of us have taken advantage of the sales over the summer holidays. But what happens when the bargain of the century turns out to be a lemon? Changes to the Consumer Guarantees Act which come into force in June will provide further protection for consumers but may pose challenges to business owners.

By Claire Mansell - 23 Jan 2014

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