It’s a fitting time of the year to explain the process if your employer chooses to close down over the Christmas/New Year period.
It’s not all that common but Employees can ask their employer to pay out in cash instead of taking a holiday for up to one week of their four weeks’ minimum entitlement to annual holidays per year, for each entitlement year. They can do this all at once, or can make multiple requests to cash-up until the entire one week is cashed up.
A recent determination of the Employment Relations Authority highlights the need for employers to comply with statutory minimum record keeping requirements.
NZ Mountain Hunting Limited (NZMH) is a big game hunting safari business near Omarama. It has been in business since 1995 and employed hundreds of employees over its annual hunting seasons which start in February and finish in August each year.
A recent ruling in the Employment Relations Authority highlights for the umpteenth time the costly consequences of an employer’s mistake in dismissing an employee without following the proper process and the significant cost of such a failure to follow process.
Hitting news headlines around the world recently, Josh from Auckland brought a clown with him as a support person to a meeting with his employer, instead of the usual family member, colleague, friend or lawyer representative. Josh was aware he was likely going to be told at the meeting he was to be made redundant due to job cuts after the loss of a large account at the advertising firm he worked for. During the meeting the clown blew up balloons and mimed crying when the redundancy paperwork was handed over to Josh lightening the mood and no doubt taking the mickey out of his employer.