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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Bus driver fired for taking photos of children wins compensation

A school bus driver fired after taking photos of the primary pupils on his route has won more than $14,500 from the employer who sacked him. John Grant was fired from his job as a Hebberds Bus Services driver for Riwaka School, about 5km north of Motueka near Nelson last September. He took his dismissal to the Employment Relations Authority (ERA), saying he was unjustifiably disadvantaged and dismissed. Mr Grant told ERA member Dzintra King that on August 22 he took a [...]

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ERA throws out dismissal over pregnancy

Janita WrightA spray tan specialist was fired by her aunt after she got pregnant, with the aunt telling her clients would find it "disgusting and repulsive" to have services performed by a pregnant woman. The Employment Relations Authority has since ruled that Janita Wright was wrong to dismiss her niece Veronica Kloeten from her job at CTS Cosmetologists in Mt Wellington. Kloeten was awarded her lost wages, maternity leave and $3000 in compensation after Wright dismissed her for supposed "serious misconduct" [...]

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Sacked airline pilot fails to get job back

A pilot sacked after an investigation into a party at his Christchurch flat has lost a long-running fight to win back his job. The pilot, known only as Mr A, was fired by Pacific Blue in May 2010 after a series of investigations into alcohol-related events during his 21 months at the airline. In a ruling released yesterday, Employment Relations Authority (ERA) member James Crichton ruled Mr A was correctly dismissed but noted issues with the initial handling of an investigation [...]

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ERA upholds dismissal for taking blank DVD

Beware the blank DVD. It has become the modern day equivalent of the pen or envelope by which employers can catch you out with their principles.A man who took a blank DVD from his workplace for his own use has been found to have been justifiably fired from his job. David Dumolo worked as an information technology technician for the Lakes District Health Board, helping hospital sites in Taupo and Rotorua. In May last year he was dismissed from his job [...]

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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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EMA sacks Alasdair Thompson over “sexist” comments

Alasdair Thompson might like to use this time between jobs to brush up on employment statistics so next time he makes public statements they might have some basis in fact.The board of the Employers and Manufacturers Association has dismissed its CEO Alasdair Thompson, following his controversial public comments about women's productivity. EMA President, Graham Mountfort, said the board believed Thompson was no longer able to continue as CEO of the organisation. "We regret that Alasdair's role with the EMA [...]

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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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