Labour Day commemorates the struggle for an eight-hour working day. New Zealanders were among the first in the world to claim this right when, in 1840, the Petone carpenter Samuel Parnell won an eight-hour day without loss of pay, instead of the standard 10-hour day. This was limited to tradesmen and labourers and lacked legislative… Read More.

There are many situations in which an employee may come to owe their employer money. A common example is where an employer overpays their employee's wages. Some other examples include where an employer covers an employee’s expense or where an employee is liable for damage to an employer’s property. In most commercial situations, when two… Read More.

Electronic mail (email) has become the main mode of communication in the business world. Email has modified the character of corporate and personal communication. It removes the time and place restrictions previously associated with more traditional methods of communication. When engaging in business correspondence through email people perceive it as an informal mode of communication.… Read More.

Picture this: you own a medium-sized business with some 10 employees. You are busy, stressed and increasingly overwhelmed by the workload. The last thing you have time for is a niggly employment issue. Next thing, you are faced with an employment complaint. Perhaps one employee has made a complaint against another, or an allegation of… Read More.

The growth and progress in new forms of technology introduce even more challenges for both employers and employees. The Internet has globalised the business world. Companies engage in numerous transactions and communications through technology every second of the day. It is well recognised that information technology does not adhere to the geographical boundaries that are… Read More.

The Domestic Violence – Victims’ Protection Bill has recently been assented to. It will become law from 1 April 2019, and makes three key changes that employers and employees should know about. These are: employees who are affected by domestic violence can request paid domestic violence leave; such employees can also make a request for… Read More.

Technology is changing the way we work and think. There is an expectation in the modern connected world that employees will always be available to respond to the employer’s or customer’s demands. A lack of availability or responsiveness is often perceived as detrimental to competitive advantage. At the start of last year France introduced a… Read More.

George Orwell wrote literary criticism and one of his best known books is the dystopian novel ‘1984’. The novel was written in 1947 and identified such terms as ‘Big Brother’, ‘doublethink’ and ‘newspeak’ which have become part of everyday language. Who would have thought 70 years later we would still be grappling with the same… Read More.