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Newsletter - May 22

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May 13, 2022

Consultant Profile - Kristin Bayly

Tell us about yourself: My name is Kristin Bayly and I am an HR Consultant for HR Connect. I joined HR Connect in May last year after spending some time consulting on my own, so it was great to join a team of HR professionals who are really knowledgeable and passionate about what they do, and importantly a great bunch of people.  I live on a lifestyle block in Te Kowhai with my husband and two kids - my son Oliver is 6 and daughter Quinn is 4.  We enjoy a little slice of coun...

May 3, 2022

Medical Incapacity

When researching for this blog on the process of working through a Medical Incapacity situation, I originally thought a flowchart would be a good way to explain the process - everyone loves a flow chart, right? But I soon found out it’s just not that simple…. By definition, Medical Incapacity sounds pretty straight forward "when an employee is no longer able to do their job due to medical illness or injury.” Or as EMA states “an employee’s inability to fulfil their contractual obl...

April 1, 2022

Newsletter - February 2022

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February 22, 2022

Oh My Omicron!

As we approach our third year of the pandemic life at work just seems to be getting more and more complicated. Omicron has changed the game for workplaces (again), with many companies asking for advice with how to prepare. In the news on recently Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins spoke with Mike Hosking about Covid modelling "It's a little bit like the weather forecast. Some nights they say it's going to rain tomorrow, and it turns out being a nice sunny day,". This came about because som...

February 4, 2022

Christmas Leave Explained

Christmas Leave 2021/22 This year, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and New Years Holiday all fall on a weekend.  Under the Holidays Act, when this happens, these Public Holidays are transferred and observed on the following Monday and Tuesday for those employees who do not normally work on a Saturday or Sunday. The 4 public holidays are: Christmas Day (25 December)Boxing Day (26 December)New Year’s Day (1 January)2 January. When Christmas public holidays fall on a weekend If Chri...

November 30, 2021

Newsletter - Nov 21

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November 23, 2021

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas Parties

We have heard recently that many companies in the Waikato and Auckland regions (and even further afield) and a whole bunch of our clients too are cancelling Christmas parties due to existing or potential Covid-19 restrictions and the uncertainty this brings. This may also be due to businesses suffering due to closures, restricted operations and a reduced Christmas party budget. Some businesses may have already organised and booked their 2021 Christmas party and have now had to throw those plans ...

October 20, 2021

Mental Health Awareness Week- Workplace Wellbeing

This week New Zealand acknowledges Mental Health Awareness - the focus being reimagining wellbeing together, acknowledging that this year has not been an easy one. For businesses it can be hard to know where to start, in this newsletter we will link you with ideas and resources to help you support your workers' mental health.Click HERE to view our HR Connect Workplace Wellbeing Newsletter....

September 27, 2021

Covid-19, Vaccinations and The Privacy Act

Covid 19, Vaccinations and The Privacy Act 2020 The recent resurgence of COVID 19 in New Zealand and the introduction of the vaccination campaign earlier this year has raised many questions for employers and employees around the application of the Privacy Act 2020. Back in July our HR Consultant Claire Pilton, wrote this blog answering COVID 19 vaccination FAQs: read this here The Covid 19 Vaccination and Your Employees. Further to this, lawyers Bundle Findlay state that "employers ...

September 21, 2021

Lockdown and obligations re employee payments

Lockdown and Obligations to Employee Payments With seven cases as of 1pm today and the confirmation of the Delta variant of Covid-19 in New Zealand, it is likely we will have a further increase in positive cases over the coming days and with that a potential extension of this initial lockdown period. Work and Income New Zealand have this morning announced the August 2021 Covid-19 Wage Subsidy- click here for details as they arise: Work and Income NZ August 21 Wage Subsidy As a result o...

August 18, 2021

Workplace Wellbeing - Where to start?

Wellbeing Programmes Our Health and Safety Consultant Lee Powell, has launched wellbeing programmes with previous employers and current clients. Lee advises that companies: Involve your employees from the start, with a survey, a committee or focus groups. Get employees to tell you what they want, NOT what you think they want. A quick online or paper survey could do the job. Having a naming competition is fun and gets people engaged, I have also done logo competitions too, we had some great entri...

August 3, 2021

Special Edition Newsletter - Workplace Wellbeing

View our special edition Workplace Wellbeing newsletter HERE to find out more about how easy it can be to run a wellbeing programme and the multiple benefits for your business and your employees....

July 30, 2021

Newsletter - June 2021

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June 11, 2021

The Covid-19 Vaccination and your employees

A number of employers are asking questions about how to handle situations where employees choose not to get vaccinated, as well as what is appropriate to ask job applicants about their intended vaccination status.  Understandably, this is a matter fraught with uncertainty, because the Employment Relations Act 2000, the Health & Safety at Work Act 2015, and the Human Rights Act 1993, conflict with each other, in principle.  Employers do need to be sensitive to the fact that some people...

June 8, 2021

Newsletter April 21

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April 20, 2021

Be prepared … new minimum wage rate coming 1st April 2021

For business owners, or managers who employ team members currently earning less than $20 per hour, the increase to the minimum wage is going to have a direct impact on your business. This may bring tension or stress to many businesses, especially given the ongoing changes to leave obligations that are being imposed on employers, including Matariki Public Holiday, Domestic Violence Leave, 10 days sick leave, and the addition of bereavement leave for miscarriage. Whether you support these changes...

March 30, 2021

Covid-19 Resurgence - Looking after your business and your employees

There is so much information out there at the moment for employers managing their employees during the resurgence of Covid-19 in New Zealand, to make things easier for you, here is a summary of the key points, focusing on: Looking after your employees during Covid-19 Vaccinations Summary of Support Available for Businesses Looking after your employees during Covid-19 The best things you can do as an employer: Encourage and support workers to stay home if they are sick.  The ‘she’ll be ...

March 16, 2021

Newsletter January 2021

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January 19, 2021

All "Onboard"!

Onboarding (noun) "The process of  ensuring a new employee or customer becomes familiar with an organisation or its products and services."Oxford Dictionary....

December 1, 2020

Working From Home

Working From Home – is it as simple as taking your laptop home? As a result of the COVID-19 lockdown periods in New Zealand, many employers are now considering the benefits of employees working from home, either on set days, for a fixed term or permanently. Working from home can be a positive experience for employers and employees.  Benefits can include: A better work life balance for the workerImproved productivity as there can be less distractionsIncreased job satisfaction However worki...

October 2, 2020

Newsletter June 2020

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June 23, 2020

Coming and Goings

(L to R: Hayley, Larissa & Claire) Welcome Hayley ArnoldWe are very excited to welcome Hayley Arnold to the HR Connect team. Hayley has over 15 years experience working in Human Resources and Organisational Development, both in New Zealand and overseas.Hayley has experience in the agriculture, health, education and mining sectors and has recently worked for the Waikato Regional Council.  She is passionate about building relationships, putting strategy into action and enjoys w...

June 23, 2020

Outplacement & Career Transition Support

Redundancy is an emotional experience for employees and employers alike. It can have a tremendous impact on an organisation, depending on how the process is handled. Outplacement may be perceived as a luxury for larger businesses but for SMEs that have unavoidable peaks and troughs, outplacement can be an essential brand protection tool. It can keep your existing staff happier and more settled and help affected staff find new opportunities. HR Connect’s Career Transition Services are...

May 19, 2020

Preparing for Change

It's clear that many small to medium NZ businesses will, despite best efforts, struggle to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, and the subsequent restrictions on operating in Level 4, 3 and beyond.  Many are already thinking about needing to change the shape of their workforce, to aid their recovery, and perhaps ultimately survive.  Here's some key principles to consider when making workplace change or restructuring: 1. It's important to invest time developing a business case, and ensu...

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