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Paying the price for bullying

15 September 2017

by Hannah Kennedy, Law Clerk

Cases of workplace bullying have been in the news a fair bit recently. It’s not an insignificant issue in New Zealand, with a 2013 survey showing that New Zealanders suffered the second highest rate of workplace bullying in the developed world, with nearly 1 in 5 workers being affected.

It’s an important issue for employers to be aware of. By law, bullying is a health and safety issue, and Work Safe New Zealand have published best practice guidelines on “Preventing and responding to workplace bullying” to assist employers.

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Process, process, process

08 September 2017

by Riki Donnelly, Partner

A worker who was recently fired, on the spot, for taking home his own tools was awarded $15,000 in a successful personal grievance claim against his former employer. The case provides a timely reminder when dismissing someone: process, process, process. In order to avoid challenge in the form of a personal grievance claim, the dismissal of an employee must be conducted fairly (and for good reason).

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Tit for Tat

01 September 2017

by Rebecca McLeod, Senior Associate

Mr N was working on a dairy farm in Hokitika for Mr H and Ms G. The employers had recruited Mr N from the Ukraine and he had brought over his wife, who was expecting their first child.

Mr N started on 5 June and all had gone well until things started to deteriorate around October. On 11 November the employers raised several concerns with Mr N’s ability to follow instructions and they held a disciplinary meeting with him. Mr N received a formal written warning. 

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What is a Legal Executive?

23 August 2017

by Lisa Maloney and Ellen Langley, Registered Legal Executives

A Legal Executive is a person who works as a trained assistant to a lawyer in a legal environment and belongs to the New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives. A Registered Legal Executive is one who is registered with the Institute and is a member of the Institute.

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Decisions, decisions, decisions

23 August 2017

by Mary-Jane Thomas, Partner

I find Simon Sinek profoundly irritating. Those of you who have been exposed to him know that he has obtained a cult following on the Internet. If you have not been exposed to Simon then I am not encouraging you to look him up.

I have been forced to take to my dictaphone about this latest quote that came across my Linkedin page “There is no such thing as a good or bad decision”.

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