Emails to workmates sink ERA excessive work case

A Southland woman's emails to friends from her workplace computer indicating she was slacking on the job have rebounded to bite her. Bridgett King, a former employee of J&R Pumps Southland, which trades as Waterforce, claimed she was required to work excessive overtime in order to complete her duties. She took her case to the Employment Relations Authority, but lost after evidence she had emailed her friends from work saying she had done "bugger all work all day" and was "just [...]

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White collar workplace drug testing on the increase

If you think a couple of glasses of wine at lunch or taking a few sleeping pills before bed is OK because you work a desk job or do not operate heavy machinery, take heed. While workplace drug testing is legislated in the mining and transport industries, more white collar industries are showing interest, according to a drug testing service. ''In one case a fatigued office worker put an electric stapler through his thumb, while in a separate incident a worker [...]

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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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ERA orders couple to pay nanny over holiday work dispute

Amanda Akeson in happier times before she was voted off the island by her employers.A Swedish au pair taken on holiday with the Kiwi family she worked for was dumped at Samoa's airport for refusing to work while they stayed at a Pacific resort. Janine and Hamish Learmonth claimed their nanny refused to work once they arrived at their idyllic holiday spot. And after accusing Amanda Akeson of wrecking their holiday, the Learmonths sent an "emotional" Ms Akeson packing to the [...]

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Tribunal dismisses Tattoo coverup case

A claim of discrimination made by a woman whose employers asked her to cover a tattoo has been dismissed by the Human Rights Review Tribunal. In May last year Claire Haupini, 32, who worked as a casual worker for the Spit Roast Catering Company in Auckland, was asked to cover up the tattoo on her left forearm, which evoked her Whakatohea and Ngaphui tribal links. Working at a corporate function, Mrs Haupini was asked to wear a three-quarter shirt instead of [...]

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Company fined after employee loses toes in wharf accident

Northport Wharf - WhangareiNorthland Stevedoring Services Limited has been fined $37,500 today following an accident at Northport Wharf, which resulted in an employee on his first day at work having three toes amputated. The company has also been ordered to pay $15,000 in reparation after the accident on 15 November 2010. The Whangarei District Court heard that the employee’s right foot became trapped between the wharf buffer and a vessel as he passed a piece of timber to a colleague. “Just as [...]

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Woman complains about losing leave after being snow-bound

A Christchurch woman employed by a printing firm is upset she has lost two days annual leave after heavy snowfall trapped her at home with her children this week. The woman, who is in her late 20s, does not want to be named. She says her employer has penalised staff for not getting to work this week, despite police warnings that Cantabrians should stay off the snow-covered roads. The woman was told she had to take the two days [...]

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Employee sets up false company and steals $500,000

It is extremely easy to commit fraud but it is extremely hard to get away with it.An employee of a Sydney insurance company set up a fake company complete with a registered name, letterhead and a PO box number to defraud half a million dollars from her employer according to police prosecutors. The woman then allegedly used this company and several false documents to obtain a $720,000 loan to buy a house in Sydney's northern suburbs. Rose Marie Lo-Giudice, 39, appeared [...]

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