Oct 29

Money laundering scams target NZ small businesses

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New Zealand small business owners are being warned to watch out for overseas money laundering scams. The latest scam to target honest Kiwis has seen businesses contacted by a fake overseas customer asking to purchase products. However, they pay over the stated amount, and then ask for the excess to be sent to…

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Oct 29

Death by caffeine – how much is too much?

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Sadly, tragic news has emerged that a man in Britain recently died from caffeine overdose. John Jackson was 40 years old. What makes this unfortunate death worrying is that it was due to consumption of caffeine-laced mints. Misfortune can strike us in many ways, but we generally don’t expect a tin of sweeties…

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Oct 15

Latest NZ work accident statistics released

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Nearly 200,000 claims for work-related injuries were made to ACC last year, new figures reveal. Statistics New Zealand figures show that in 2012, 180,000 claims were made for a work-related injury to the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC). The provisional figures show the overall rate of injury claims was 93 claims for every 1000…

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Oct 15

Drone use in business on the rise

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Australia may soon be the first country in the world to see commercial courier deliveries by drone, if a launch by a textbook rental service and an Australian tech start-up goes according to plan. From March next year and pending regulatory approval, students will be able to order books from Zookal via an…

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Oct 7

Management pay rises outpace workers

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The gap between the pay of top chief executives and the staff they manage appears to be growing. In the latest Fairfax annual survey of pay rates at listed companies, the average pay of CEOs in 2012 was 26.4 times that of the average employee in the same companies. That’s up from a…

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Oct 2

Hackers target smart phones

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Smartphones have become the number one target for hackers trying to cheat New Zealanders, says a New Zealand academic who has been studying global trends. University of Auckland Computer Science lecturer Dr Giovanni Russello will this week share his research that reveals how stealing personal information, hacking into bank accounts and secretly sending…

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Oct 2

Shortage of jobs for primary school teachers

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Hundreds of teachers are out of work as graduates fight for vacancies which can attract as many as 100 applications each. A new Ministry of Education report on teacher supply shows jobs remain hard to come by. Aucklander Rebecca Young, 40, has been looking throughout the country for a primary school job since…

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Sep 4

Unions battle employment law changes

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Unions are united in their opposition to proposed employment law changes, saying they will affect not only workers but their children and the healthcare system. Submissions to a parliamentary select committee on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill entered their second week yesterday. The changes will allow employers to opt out of collective bargaining…

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Aug 26

Employment Court finds ‘Systematic bias against women’

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The Employment Court has come down on the side of some of the most poorly paid women in the workforce in a landmark test case ruling. The Employment Court has also accused female-dominated industries, such as aged care, of perpetuating a systemic bias against women by undervaluing work that has traditionally been done…

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Aug 19

Small Medium Enterprises hold off on hiring new staff

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The increasing pace of recovery and strong business confidence is not likely to translate into a significant number of new jobs in the SME sector this year, a new study shows. But more businesses are planning to keep the staff they’ve got. The proportion of small-to-medium enterprise (SME) employers intending to take on…

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