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December 2014 Newsletter

Published 01 Dec 2014
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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We wish all of our clients a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We are open and available throughout the Christmas period except the Public Holidays.

Thank you for your association during 2014 we look forward to adding value to your business in the coming year.

This Issue

Dismissal for drug use

The sad truth is that a significant proportion of businesses have staff who indulge in recreational drug taking. However, dismissing staff for drug use is a very complicated issue and there is no 'one answer' fits all
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Employers Toolbox for Mobile Devices

We have rolled out our new Mobile web application for handheld devices. Designed specifically for smartphones the new mobile site offers reference and download capability for the modern devices. This enables you to download your Toolbox documents eg. Employment Agreements, disciplinary processes, letters and more 
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Changes to the Employment Relations Act 2000 - part II

Last month we discussed flexible work arrangements, rest and meal breaks and continuity of employment. Today we discuss the remaining three changes to the Employment Relations Art 2000; Good Faith, Collective Bargaining and ERA obligations.

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The Company Christmas Party

With the new lower drink-driving tolerance limit, it is recommended that unless the company makes transport arrangements for their staff, the focus of the company Christmas party should be shifted away from alcohol consumption. The same rules and boundaries apply at  the off-site and after hours Christmas function as they do in the workplace.
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Holiday pay over Christmas

"Relevant daily pay" is used to calculate the employee’s pay entitlements for public holidays, alternative holidays, sick leave and bereavement leave.

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