The Government has announced a COVID-19 Business Continuity Package to assist businesses struggling due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
The COVID-19 Pandemic dominates headlines around the globe with New Zealand now feeling the effects of the outbreak. Two of the big lessons from the country’s 1918 Influenza Pandemic were that delay is dangerous and complacency kills. New Zealand as a country has a robust national Pandemic Plan which prescribes a whole government response - we are currently in the ‘stamp it out’ phase of that Plan.
With summer temperatures rising over the last few weeks the question has been asked, how hot is too hot in your workplace?
The prevalence of those suffering from mental health issues in New Zealand has been a huge focus in the media this year. This has been further highlighted by the current governments review and subsequent promise to do more in this area with subsequent policy changes imminent. Naturally this issue flows into the workplace (given people spend over 60% of their time at work). Employers need to take mental health issues of employees very seriously. Further in order to discharge their health and safety duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSAW) employers are now having to ensure the psychosocial safety (not just physical safety) for those in the workplace.
A recent sentencing in the District Court comes after the death of a tractor driver in the North Island back in October 2016. At the time the worker died, he had just clocked a nearly 17 hour day harvesting on farm. At 2.45am on his way home he crashed the tractor and did not survive. In the fortnight leading up to the accident the worker had done nearly 200 hours.