Oct 9

Worker unjustifiably dismissed over ‘theft’ of sausages

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A Far North man who worked with the intellectually disabled was wrongfully dismissed after being accused of stealing sausages from a work Christmas BBQ, but the Employment Relations Authority said the man’s “significant contribution” to the situation meant he was not entitled to any compensation for the wrongdoing. Jack Lemon worked for Idea…

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Jan 10

ERA backs Farmers sacking of retail department manager

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A former Farmers’ Department Store employee is devastated after being fired for abusing staff discount privileges, and still denies she was in the wrong despite an Employment Relations Authority ruling against her. West Auckland resident Fae Osborne was sacked from her department manager role at LynnMall’s Farmers store after the company investigated claims…

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Jul 22

Workplace drug test swoop nets 31 coal mine staff

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Workplace drug testing at the Stockton Mine on the West Coast has seen 31 Solid Energy staff and contractors test positive for illegal drugs and street-legal synthetic drugs. Solid Energy communications manager Vicki Blyth confirmed that Stockton Alliance carried out drug and alcohol testing at the mine during the week of 22nd June.…

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Jul 13

Reading confidential docs on plane raises workplace issues

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The current controversy over an insurance company employee who pulled out confidential documents about restructuring and redundancies and started reading them in full view of passengers has raised serious issues about working in transit. A passenger on the flight, Frank van der Zwaag said he was on the Auckland to Wellington flight last…

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Jul 12

17 staff sacked after taking advantage of faulty ATM machine

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17 staff at Luna Park, theme park in Sydney have been sacked after taking advantage of an ATM machine onsite that was dispensing $50 notes in the place of $20 notes. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that news of the fault spread quickly among employees, and some staff returned to the ATM multiple…

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Jul 11

ESR calls for ‘herbal highs’ to be regulated

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New research by Environmental Science and Research (ESR) shows that Synthetic cannabis products contain an alarming cocktail of chemicals whose side-effects are largely unknown. ESR tested 43 of the ‘legal’ herbal highs available in New Zealand and found that all of them contain at least one synthetic cannabinoid – and in many cases…

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Jul 7

Public Service CEO facing serious misconduct investigation

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Katrina Bach the CEO of the Government Department of Building and Housing is being investigated over allegations of verbal abuse and physical assault towards a junior female staff member of her department. The State Services Commission has confirmed that an independent inquiry had begun after “serious allegations” were made about the conduct of…

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Jun 30

Synthetic Cannabis workplace testing available in NZ

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Synthetic cannabis or Kronic as it is widely known as is not illegal in New Zealand. Synthetic Cannabis is herbal mixtures sprayed with ‘psychoactive research chemicals’ and sold as ‘fake weed’ or ‘synthetic marijuana’. JWH-018 and JWH-073 are the two most common ‘synthetic cannabinoids’ chemicals found in a variety of herbal smoking blends…

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Jun 28

Sacking for online chat during work time ruled unfair

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A landscape architect sacked over his use of an email chat service has been found to have been unfairly dismissed, in the latest case in Fair Work Australia to deal with internet and social media use in the workplace. Richard O’Connor was employed by Eltham-based Outdoor Creations but had resigned and was about…

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May 23

Office worker awarded $6000 for unfair dismissal

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An office worker who brought a bottle of liqueur to work then was sacked when she turned up the next day seemingly hung over, has been awarded more than $6000 for unfair dismissal. Sarah Anderson, who worked at the Whakatane Beacon, said that she had an extended visit to the toilet to deal with her…

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