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Frustrated NZ Employers Face Public Holiday Pitfalls

Thursday, 14 April 2022, 1:18 pm | Employsure

As small to medium businesses across New Zealand continue to be challenged by the ongoing impacts of the pandemic, the steady run of designated public holidays poses potential pitfalls when it comes to effectively understanding and managing entitlements ... More >>

Blinded By Uncertainty: Covid Wage Subsidy Errors Hit Business Hard

Monday, 7 March 2022, 7:07 pm | Employsure

Government guidelines on wage subsidies need to be clearer to help small business owners stay out of trouble, as more are fined for unfairly dismissing staff. Since the start of the pandemic, employers have been propped up with subsidies to help ... More >>

Employers Need A Plan When Work From Home Restrictions Eventually Lift Or Risk Losing Employees

Friday, 4 March 2022, 11:24 am | Employsure

While businesses across the country are currently operating at red , now is a good time for employers to look to the future and work out exactly how the workplace will operate when work from home recommendations end. While some employers will opt for ... More >>

Valentine’s Day - Can Employers Control A Workplace Romance?

Monday, 14 February 2022, 3:38 pm | Employsure

There is no point denying it, romance can blossom in the workplace. Co-workers often spend more time together than their own family, and the shared experience of working together can lead to the formation of strong emotional bonds between colleagues. ... More >>

Employers To Bear The Brunt Of One Of The Sharpest Minimum Wage Rises In History

Friday, 11 February 2022, 12:47 pm | Employsure

Employers still recovering from the pandemic will soon be hit with another financial blow, with the national minimum wage soon set to rise by a steep 6% - a .2% increase from last year’s increase. From 1 April, the adult minimum wage will rise from ... More >>

An Effective Christmas Closedown Can Ensure Stability For The New Year

Tuesday, 14 December 2021, 11:41 am | Employsure

Businesses looking to start the new year off on the front foot will see positive results early if their closedown policy over the Christmas break is implemented correctly. While many employers may attempt to operate almost every day over the holiday period ... More >>

New Anti-smoking Laws A Win For Employers Striving To Keep A Safe And Clean Workplace

Thursday, 9 December 2021, 2:03 pm | Employsure

Employers will soon be able to better ensure a smoke-free environment in and around their workplace, following the announcement of new laws that will make it illegal for young people to ever purchase cigarettes. Under the changes (which are not yet ... More >>

Black Friday: Employee Physical / Mental Safety Must Be Front Of Mind For Employers

Thursday, 25 November 2021, 11:44 am | Employsure

While Black Friday and Cyber Monday are an opportunity for employers to turn a profit after an incredibly challenging year, all steps must still remain in place to protect both the physical and psychological safety of staff in the workplace. Data from Employsure’s ... More >>

Employers Must Be Proactive Ahead Of Vaccine Mandate Deadline

Wednesday, 24 November 2021, 9:39 am | Employsure

Businesses that use My Vaccine Passes to operate must ensure all workers are vaccinated or risk heavy fines - under the Government’s new traffic light system. Workers covered by the My Vaccine Pass mandate need to have their first COVID-19 jab by 3 ... More >>

Vaccination Advice Calls Explode As Employers Seek Help On Obligations And Legal Implications

Thursday, 21 October 2021, 1:07 pm | Employsure

Vaccination-related calls to Employsure’s advice line for business owners spiked by 297% in September and continue to rise in October, as employers scramble to understand their obligations when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccine and their staff. Employsure ... More >>

Mandatory Vaccines: Can An Unvaccinated Worker In Healthcare Or Education Be Fired?

Thursday, 14 October 2021, 9:31 am | Employsure

Following the Government’s announcement that the COVID-19 vaccine will become mandatory for many workers in the healthcare and education sectors, questions have been raised over what the legal implications are for affected businesses. Employers ... More >>

Monitoring Employees While Working From Home

Friday, 1 October 2021, 12:01 pm | Employsure

The past several months have been a challenge for business owners across the country due to a resurgence of COVID-19. While many have recently been forced to close at some point, other employers and their staff had, or still have been forced into remote ... More >>

Managing Vaccine Misinformation In The Workplace

Wednesday, 22 September 2021, 11:04 am | Employsure

As employers across the country raise their hands to support New Zealand’s vaccine rollout, they may also be called upon to help combat a new epidemic - the spread of vaccine misinformation in the workplace. Called the ‘infodemic’ by the World ... More >>

Mandating vaccines in the workplace when a law doesn’t exist

Thursday, 16 September 2021, 11:13 am | Employsure

As the COVID-19 vaccination continues its rollout across the country there is increased talk on whether or not it should be made compulsory in more workplaces. Under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990, vaccinations are considered a medical treatment ... More >>

Forged Medical Certificates: Slap On The Wrist Or Serious Misconduct?

Tuesday, 7 September 2021, 8:18 pm | Employsure

Sick leave has quickly become one of the biggest challenges facing businesses in 2021, particularly during the latest COVID-19 outbreak. While sick leave should not be treated with suspicion, employers who have their doubts can launch an investigation ... More >>

Employers must remain vigilant as restrictions ease

Wednesday, 1 September 2021, 1:36 pm | Employsure

As some businesses across the country (excluding Auckland and Northland) partially reopen under Alert Level 3, it has never been more important for employers to ensure their workplace is complying with all health regulations. Under the eased restrictions ... More >>

Regular communication with employees working from home key to success

Thursday, 26 August 2021, 1:46 pm | Employsure

With millions of New Zealanders currently working from home during lockdown, many employers have again had to pivot their business online to keep the wheels turning. Switching to remote working can often lead to a disconnect between boss and worker, ... More >>

The psychological toll of working from home

Friday, 20 August 2021, 10:59 am | Employsure

It is the responsibility of business owners who have staff working from home during a lockdown period to ensure, as far as reasonably practicable, that their physical and psychological safety and wellbeing remains robust. More >>

Employers must exercise caution during Alert Level 4

Wednesday, 18 August 2021, 11:19 am | Employsure

Business owners in New Zealand must ensure they are aware of their obligations as the country moves to COVID-19 Alert Level 4 for the first time in more than a year, according to Employsure , New Zealand’s largest workplace relations advisor. The ... More >>

Employers Must Prepare As Double Sick Leave Comes Into Effect

Friday, 23 July 2021, 11:39 am | Employsure

Employers across the country are reminded the amount of sick leave staff are legally entitled to increases from five days per year to 10 from 24 July 2021. As part of the new change, eligible employees will be entitled to 10 days' sick leave each year ... More >>