Throughout the year we have had a number of enquiries from clients whose employees are experiencing mental health challenges. With the media showing considerable interest in this area too, we thought it’s time to have this conversation.

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Yikes!

Picture a future where humans have a microchip implanted in their hand. Last week a company in Wisconsin, USA, hit the headlines because their employees are doing just that.

Not nearly as disturbing is our article for this month about keeping on top of employees’ information. We are happy to say this relies on good HR management skills rather than microchipping!

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Got a Serious Misconduct? Don’t Delay!

In our April newsletter the hot topic was serious misconduct in the workplace and how to manage the process. This month, equally important on the topic of serious misconduct, is the timing.

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Every year we help a few of our clients manage a “missing in action” employee. You know the ones – the gone bush, dropped off the face of the planet, nowhere to be found type.

What do you do when you have an employee like this?

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In the news this month there have been three significant cases arising out of the employment relationship, which have caught my eye. The first case in particular is a shining example of why we have employment law. The second case speaks to why we need safeguards in place to protect the rights of employees, to ensure they are being fairly remunerated, and the third case is a sad one in which an employee did not get to return home safely to his family.

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People in Mind once again sponsored the Cambridge Autumn Festival’s fabulous “Be the Book” Photography Competition.

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Serious Misconduct – Managing It Well

“You’re fired!” It’s the classic catchphrase of Donald Trump that turned abrupt dismissals into popular reality TV, but can an employer in 2018 really say this?

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Minimum wage rates increased from Sunday 1 April, and as an employer you must make sure that your team are being paid at least the minimum wage.

The new rates are:
Adult — $16.50 per hour
Starting-out — $13.20 per hour
Training — $13.20 per hour

Note: The starting-out and training minimum wages are set at 80% of the adult minimum wage. If you want an explanation on each of these different rates, you can refer to the minimum pay rules on the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment NZ website or you can give us call.

If your staff are already being paid more than the minimum wage, there is nothing for you to do unless you have specific requirements outlined in your employment agreement that you must meet. If you haven’t reviewed remuneration for your team in a wee while, now is a good time.

If you need any help in this area, simply drop us a line or give us a call 07 823 3250.

At People in Mind, we love what we do. As a profession, HR is anything but vanilla; there’s no such thing as an “average” week. This month, we thought we’d take a wee departure from our usual style and tell you a little about what we actually do here.

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A client rang me recently with an interesting question. Could their employee take bereavement leave for their dog? The employee was genuinely grief-stricken and incapable of working. Was there anything the employer could do?

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