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Do you have a bullying or an anti-bullying policy? Let’s talk…

The new Health and Safety at Work (HSAW) Act 2015 makes it clear that employers’ are obligated to prevent bullying and harrasment in the workplace. WorkSafe NZ has also made new guidelines available online which highlights employers’ duty of care under the HSWA, and as such there is now a better understanding of bullying in […]

Is pursuing a claim under the Human Rights Act really more lucrative?

A perception has developed among litigants and practitioners that pursuing a claim under the Human Rights Act has the potential to be more lucrative than under the Employment Relations Act (when the nature of the claim is such that it could be pursued either way). The question is, does this perception have any merit? It […]

Parallel Disciplinary Investigations

At times, we come across employee’s representatives who wish to conduct their own investigation into a misconduct matter, in parallel with the employer’s investigation.  This is in an attempt to assist the employee to adequately respond to allegations made against them.  Often, this may include the request to interview other employees and potentially customers, and […]

WorkSafe NZ releases guidelines for managing bullying

WorkSafe NZ wants to help people deal proactively with the issue of workplace bullying themselves, and to promote healthy work cultures. Best practice guidelines on workplace bullying, released on 20 February 2014 by WorkSafe New Zealand, are a big step forward in support and guidance for businesses and individuals about what is a prevalent workplace […]

Recent cases highlight need for code to cover workplace bullying

Recent cases of a fast-food worker who was punched by her manager, and an Auckland Council manager who verbally abused staff, highlight New Zealand’s legislative weaknesses in the area of workplace bullying, according to two academics. Professor Tim Bentley of AUT’s New Zealand Work Research Institute and Dr Bevan Catley, director of Massey University’s Healthy […]