In the Media
Outsourcing ACC Print E-mail
Monday, 06 June 2011 00:00

It has been announced that National are going to support the opening up of the providing of ACC services to privately owned insurance companies if they are re-elected in November.  At the present time there are companies who provide their own insurance regarding injury to their employees.

This concept is nothing new and in the past ACC services have been provided by private companies.  There are some who say it worked and others who say it did not.
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Proposed Employment Changes Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 September 2010 00:00
Recently the Government has been proposing to make changes to employment law.

One of the more subtle changes that may not be very popular with some is the test to justify dismissal.  There is a proposed amendment to Section 103A which is to be changed from what a fair and reasonable employer would have done to what a fair and reasonable employer could have done.

When deciding whether a disciplinary action resulting in a warning, final warning or dismissal is justified, four things must be considered.  These are:
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ACC Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 August 2010 00:00

ACC decisions based on the Claimant's symptoms being caused by degenerative change rather than the result of the injury they have sustained, could become a particular concern as the baby boomer demographic enter into their more senior years.  ACC are now basing many decisions on their medical opinions that the person has not sustained an injury but has a degenerative condition where the injury has just caused that condition to become symptomatic.

Many claimants are becoming extremely unhappy as they have paid their ACC levy for a long period but when they sustain an injury they find they are not covered because ACC decides to use this reason for not covering the rehabilitation of an injury following an accident as they consider the claimant had a degenerative condition prior to the accident.

 
Law change to protect workers' Christmas leave Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 August 2010 00:00
Below is an excert from NZ Herald, August 17 2010

The Government is going to change the Holidays Act to make sure workers don't lose four days' leave when firms shut their doors over Christmas and New Year.

Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson said yesterday the Employment Court recently ruled that when a firm routinely closed over the Christmas and New Year period, employees were not legally entitled to the public holidays that fell within that time and would have to use annual leave to cover those days instead.

"The Christmas and New Year holidays are an established feature of the New Zealand summer," Ms Wilkinson said.

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Does Size Matter? Print E-mail
Monday, 19 July 2010 00:00

Below is an excert from NZ Herald, July 19 2010

When the 90 day probationary period Bill was introduced, many people got hot under the collar. There were those that were thrilled.

They were predominantly employers who favoured the proposal on the basis that it would give them the opportunity to hire employees, they might not otherwise hire, without fear of a personal grievance and the associated costs.

Some employees likely saw merit in it as well; on the basis that it might afford them employment opportunities they might otherwise have missed out on.

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