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March 2010 Newsletter

Published 01 Mar 2010
This Issue

There are three changes in the wind that affect OSH & everyone

Here comes the National Party's first three Tsunamis - EMPLOYERS and BUSINESS OWNERS - PLEASE TAKE NOTE
The Govt has decided that the successful prosecution of senior managers and business owners regarding OSH compliance is way short of their expectations. Here comes another move by a Government to place compliance obligations onto employers' already badly - bending backs, please read on because there are three very significant issues here...full story

Medical Incapacity – The Employer's Obligations

While an employer is not required to hold open the job of a sick or injured employee indefinitely, there are a number of steps to follow before an employer dismisses a sick or injured employee...full story

Public Holidays Are Not Necessarily Paid Holidays

There are circumstances where an employee is not entitled to be paid. For more information on this and also clarification of Easter holidays...full story

Company vehicles

We have received a number of queries about the Employer's ability to end an Employee's private use of company vehicles. Employers sometimes find they cannot do so because it forms part of their remuneration package. It could be held that an employee is disadvantaged if a vehicle is withdrawn, even if serious misconduct relating to the vehicle has taken place. You need to have a clear policy at the outset, before the car is issued. If you would like a policy which would control the use of a company vehicle...full story

Wage deduction not permitted

Even if both parties have signed an employment agreement, the employer must give the employee their copy otherwise...full story

Drug and Alcohol workshops

Employers Assistance Ltd is running a series of Drug & Alcohol advanced training workshops. The workshops are designed for Managers and Supervisors and the next one will be held on May 26th, 2010 in Albany, 8:30am to 4:30pm


Under Health and Safety regulations, Employers are required to take all practicable steps to ensure first aid facilities are provided...full story

First aid training at EAL

Employers Assistance Ltd runs a series of First Aid Training courses and you are invited to send an employee or two for training. The next course is Wednesday 24th March in Lopdell House, Titirangi. The refresher course runs from 8:30am to 12:30pm, full course 8:30am to 4:30pm.