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Top tips to surviving working at home with your children

(1) A good schedule is paramount Having a good schedule in place means you can manage working and looking after your children. You can pick the best times of day to complete certain tasks such as making and receiving calls. This way you can also …

Working from home – keeping the work ticking over

Workplace Policy Working from home is probably uncharted territory for your business and everyone will need to change and adapt to these circumstances. To keep things running smoothly your staff will need to know what your expectations are of them. They also need to know …

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Bullying: Not only in our schools

Newshub has recently launched a six-part series, #StandStrongNZ, exploring issues around bullying in schools. A report from Unicef shows that more than one in three Kiwi kids suffer from bullying while at school. In fact, we have the worst rate in the OECD for childhood …

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If you value your friends and family then think carefully before employing them!

  If you value your friends or family then do not employ them. Most people will ignore this advice but what they should not ignore is the need to discuss with them from the outset how you are going to sort things out if it …

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Domestic Violence – Victims’ Protection Bill

The Domestic Violence – Victims’ Protection Bill was introduced in March this year by Greens MP, Jan Logie, with the aim of offering greater protection in employment to victims of domestic violence. As it stands, the Bill proposes changes to the Employment Relations Act 2000, …

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Social Media and the Workplace

For many of us, social media has become a vital part of our lives. Instead of reading the newspaper with a steaming hot coffee, many of us will start our days by checking Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and the like. Social media is definitely a great …

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Sick Leave – Bad Employers and Bad Employees

Can you be disciplined for being sick, genuinely sick that is? An employee who worked for a large New Zealand company was sacked during a probationary period because his sick leave record showed he was a risk despite the fact that he had been genuinely …

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Pawternity leave: A new trend in leave entitlements

Welcoming a new pet into your home isn’t always easy. It takes time, effort and energy to get your new “fur baby” settled in. In fact, some would say that owning a puppy can be similar to the early stages of parenthood: stressful, exhausting and …

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The latest from the PBEL Facebook page

Retail chain Smiths City has been ordered to pay its employees for unpaid pre-work meetings in a decision with wide-ranging ramifications for employers. For at least 15 years, every Smiths City store in the country has held a meeting of sales staff for 15 minutes every morning, …

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The case of the cow and the Judge

It is common to hear employers say that when it comes to dismissing staff the law is stacked against them and they need to be a bloody lawyer just to get things right. Judges pronounce that it is not for them to determine whether they …

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