One in Five Businesses Offer Flexible Work Hours for Parents

Flexible working arrangements are becoming more common, giving parent’s different options for managing the kids, especially during school holidays. According to the latest MYOB Business Monitor survey of more than 1,000 small-to-medium sized businesses around New Zealand, 60 percent offer some form of flexible work options to staff – including almost one-in-five that make specific work arrangements for staff who are parents. The range...

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Is Refusing to Hire a Smoker Considered Discrimination?
May16

Is Refusing to Hire a Smoker Considered Discrimination?

    It turns out your health isn’t the only thing being harmed by your smoking habit. Finding employment could also be an issue for smokers, an employment expert says. A recent job search turned up 15 New Zealand organisations with job ads that reference “nonsmokers only” or “non-smokers preferred.” They include jobs in the trades industry, transport and logistics, community services, and education sector. Is refusing...

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Cases That Broke the Bank

The importance of risk assessments and implementing appropriate controls – including training and monitoring workers to ensure they’re working safely, was a dominant message in the sentencing of Avon Industries Limited on health and safety charges. The Whangarei District Court released their sentencing decision on Wednesday, March 21, after Avon Industries appeared in court for sentencing in February. Avon Industries is a production...

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Spending Patterns
May16

Spending Patterns

    Technology is changing spending habits. People are spending more online to rent a taxi or a house for a night, and less on in-car satellite navigation and DVDs. As a result of these changes in technology, the consumers price index (CPI) basket of goods and services used to measure inflation is changing after Stats NZ’s three-yearly review. “More people are going online to buy shared ride services, such as Uber, and...

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Where Tech is Taking Us – Three Tech Trends Emerging in 2018

Digital learning skills, smarter homes and medical drone deliveries will be major tech developments that will significantly impact lives of Kiwis, a leading New Zealand tech expert says. NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says while the tech talk is often about issues such as robots stealing jobs or virtual reality worlds, New Zealanders may sometimes overlook some of the advances that are happening already that will be important...

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