Worker unjustifiably dismissed over ‘theft’ of sausages

The great Northland sausage heist?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 Services - which provides services for people with intellectual disabilities - as a community support worker at its Moerewa facility until he [...]

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ERA backs Farmers sacking of retail department manager

Fae OsborneA 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 she used her staff discount to buy items for a family member. In a just released decision, the Employment Relations Authority ruled the department store was right [...]

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Workplace drug test swoop nets 31 coal mine staff

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. In all 882 staff and contractors were tested and 20 of them gave positive results for the presence of illegal drugs, including a supervisor. Testing of [...]

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Reading confidential docs on plane raises workplace issues

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 Wednesday evening when a woman sitting near him pulled out a stack of papers marked "private and confidential". She was wearing a badge marked "AMP", and her [...]

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17 staff sacked after taking advantage of faulty ATM machine

The overly generous ATM machine gave staff free cash then provided photographic evidence to management of their crime.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 times to empty their bank accounts. The machine's camera was [...]

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ESR calls for ‘herbal highs’ to be regulated

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 more. Ten of the products - or nearly a quarter - contained four or more. ESR scientist Paul Fitzmaurice said "Some of the products available in [...]

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Public Service CEO facing serious misconduct investigation

Katrina Bach - it is a long way to fall from the top if the allegations are proven.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 Katrina Bach. It is understood Ms Bach was involved in [...]

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Synthetic Cannabis workplace testing available in NZ

Just because it is legal does not mean it is safe in the workplace.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 sold in NZ, including Spice and Kronic. The name ‘Kronic’ is slang for cannabis; [...]

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Customer doubles money after Westpac error

Westpac - they are a bit like Bonus Bonds really. Once in a lifetime you might get an unexpected windfall. Another banking error by Westpac Bank has seen an Auckland man double his bank balance without doing anything. After withdrawing his savings to pay a deposit on a house, he ended up rebanking it again when the deal fell through. Checking his balance a few days later he found it was $15,000 more than he should have had. Unlike Leo Gao [...]

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