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Holidays Act Changes

Get involved and let your voice be heard in the proposed changes to the Holidays Act

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Counting the Cost

Key takeaways for HR Professionals on the economic impact of workplace bullying and harassment

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Deloitte Human Capital Trends Report

Deloitte's ‘2024 Global Human Capital Trends’ Report highlights trust and human sustainability as significant and impactful concerns. “Thriving Beyond Boundaries: Human Performance in a Boundaryless World,” delves into trends shaping organisational success in a landscape where traditional notions of work are evolving rapidly.

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Find Your Path: Building the HR Pipeline

The Accredited Professional Member (previously known as the Emerging Professional) accreditation works as a pivotal stepping stone for early-career HR professionals in New Zealand.

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Boardroom Autumn 2024 - Putting People First

People issues can be a significant blind spot for boards. Help is at hand with a new capability framework.

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Pay Transparency and Parliament

The Employment Relations (Employee Remuneration Disclosure) Amendment Bill has been drawn from the Member’s Ballot on the 20th of March. What does this mean, and what are the pay transparency trends?

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HRNZ Awards!

The 2024 HRNZ Awards are approaching; but what initiatives and organisations are we celebrating? Read here for a full summary of the themes and initiatives of the Award submissions!

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90-Day Trial Periods

90-day trials are back for all employers. What does this mean for your organisation and hiring practices?

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Perry v The Warehouse Group Ltd [2023]

The Employment Relations Authority has recently instructed the Warehouse Group to pay a former employee almost $50,000 after he left his job due to intense stress and burnout.

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Recovery at work provides a sense of purpose

Taking time off work after an injury can be a demoralising experience, as work is often a core part of a person’s identity. Being away from the workplace and disconnected from work colleagues can create feelings of isolation and impact wellbeing.  Research shows that a recovery in the workplace is better for the injured person and supports improved mental health. Employers play a key role in making the recovery a success.  For injured employees who’ve had a good recovery experience, staying connected to work was vital. Mayu Tanigaito, a Principal Dancer with the Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB), explains that staying in touch made all the difference.  “Connecting with work means connecting with people. Even not talking about your injury, just casual chatter with people, having coffee with them. Those things help get you motivated, and you feel like you're still living your life.”  After suffering an injury, Mayu went on a recovery at work programme involving ACC, the RNZB and health providers. The ballet company organised alternative work duties for Mayu while she recovered, including visits to retirement villages where she taught movement programmes to the elderly residents.  Carl Perry, a teacher from Waikato, was also on a recovery at work programme after snapping his Achilles. With the support of his employer, the programme meant he could coach from the sidelines and teach his classes for most of that time.  “Being able to work in some capacity enabled me to feel like I was still completing tasks. It gave me a sense of purpose while I was injured.”  ACC explains that the sooner an injured person gets connected to work, the better it is for their mental and physical recovery.  For employers, recovery at work can mean retaining skills and expertise and saving on recruiting and training new staff. It also helps build a positive work culture and shows a commitment to employee wellbeing. ACC offers support and resources for employers to help them understand their role in recovery at work. This includes online quick guides on topics like compensation payment, finding alternative duties and understanding medical certificates. Templates to help develop a workplace recovery plan are also available.  To support better recovery at work at your workplace, check out ACC’s online recovery at work hub.  You can also watch Mayu and Carl tell their recovery stories. 
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Fair Pay Agreements Act Repealed

Information provided as to the next steps for employers and employees from the 20th of December (effective date of the FPA repeal)

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