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  • Dismissal Law: a mess.

    The employment laws around dismissal are difficult for many employers to navigate and can have some serious consequences. If you have 1 or 100 staff the same rules apply. Read more to find out what yo...
  • Podcast: Land of Drugs and Honey. Real Life Employment Law Cases

    An employer believes that an employee is stealing beehives and using drugs on the work. The employee claims to have been interrogated by a man with a baseball bat. Listen now to find out more!
  • The Green’s policy will confuse voters

    The Greens and NZ First are now sitting alongside Labour in support of a manufacturing comeback in New Zealand. “Manufacturers started fleeing our shores 20 years ago to pursue cheaper labour...
  • Employment laws are preventing NZ’s growth

    Small business owners are terrified of making mistakes when handling employment issues. They don’t have the time, money or inclination to get up to speed on employment law — it’s all...

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Employment specialist says law changes a waste of time

Employment specialist says law changes a waste of time

“The planned changes to employment laws are a waste of time and effort and designed only to appease political lobby groups,” says Max Whitehead of the Whitehead Group. Mr Whitehead says that Kiwi working people are sick of successive governments changing the employment laws solely to satisfy selfish, self-centred lobby groups, like unions and employer groups. “Ninety-seven percent of New Zealand employers employ less than 20 people and these law changes will be meaningles...
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No compo after drug test refusal

No compo after drug test refusal

A geothermal technician who was stood down from his job at Mighty River Power’s (MRP) Kawerau power station for refusing to undergo a random drug test will not be compensated for his “injured feelings”… Employment law expert Max Whitehead said the decision reinforced employers’ right to undertake random testing as a deterrent – something which unions had been opposed to for more than a decade. > Read full article.
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Got your head in the sand when it comes to employment contracts?

Got your head in the sand when it comes to employment contracts?

Prepare to be screwed. Okay that might sound a little melodramatic but if you rely on the good faith of employers when it comes to employment contracts there is a reasonable chance you will get burned. I know I did. The problem with advertising and design agencies in New Zealand is they often leave HR to the likes of finance directors who know little about employment law. So it really is a good idea to let an employment lawyer or advisor cast an eye over any contract before you sign on the do...
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Employment laws are preventing NZ’s growth

Employment laws are preventing NZ’s growth

Small business owners are terrified of making mistakes when handling employment issues. They don’t have the time, money or inclination to get up to speed on employment law — it’s all too hard. This fear is the bottle neck that is strangling NZ’s economy and preventing growth and increased prosperity for all New Zealanders. If NZ’s 450,000 small businesses grew and employed more people, our economy would lift and all New Zealanders would start to experience a si...
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SMEs escape draconian law

The Minister of Labour, Kate Wilkinson, has announced some proposed change to our employment laws. The changes include the law that compels business owners taking over cleaning, catering and laundry contracts, to hire the previous contractor’s staff. The proposal recommends that small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMEs) be exempt. Max Whitehead, a long-time advocate for SMEs, says it is wonderful that SMEs are being recognised as different from big employers. “SMEs are generall...
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Changes at the Truth could be good for SMEs

The new editor for the Truth, Cameron Slater, says that the paper will focus on the plight of the Kiwi bloke, the small business owner constantly battling challenges from politicians and other forces. Slater says he will not allow the reporting to get caught up in the self-imposed, antiquated rules currently adhered to by the media and report the facts as they are. Max Whitehead, a long-time advocate of SMEs thanks the Truth’s change in direction could be a good thing. “Small...
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Maternity law unfair on SMEs

A proposed change to employment law would mean that the current 12-week paid maternity leave is increased to six months. Max Whitehead of the Whitehead Group says that maternity law is unfair on SMEs and the proposed change would just make life harder. The current law requires an employee’s position to be held open for over a year, just in case they want to return to their job. Mr Whitehead says that this is fine for large employers with reserves and multiple employees; however, it&r...
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The Green’s policy will confuse voters

The Greens and NZ First are now sitting alongside Labour in support of a manufacturing comeback in New Zealand. “Manufacturers started fleeing our shores 20 years ago to pursue cheaper labour and more cooperative employment and environmental laws,” says Max Whitehead, of Whitehead Group. Max Whitehead, a long-standing champion of SMEs says that he finds the Green’s stance confusing. “They now advocate the return of factories, with all the associated environmental...
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