Company fined for exploiting migrant workers

No fairtrade certification for this bathroom company. Auckland company Shynday Kitchen and bathroom have been found guilty of exploiting migrant workers and ordered to pay compensation totalling $23,065. The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) found that the Shynday factory  breached good-faith obligations when it dismissed two Chinese employees. Following and anonymous complaint a labour inspector visited the factory on 11th April this year and spoke to the two employees, Ming Mao and Guoqiang Sun. Sun claimed the factory manager, Wenjiang Xu, looked at him threateningly [...]

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NZ employers feeling more optimistic

New Zealand employers are significantly more optimistic than they were this time last year, according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook quarterly survey of hiring intentions. The poll of 650 New Zealand employers shows 29 per cent expect to increase hiring in the fourth quarter of 2011, up from 26 per cent in the last three months. The number of employers planning to decrease hiring is at 6 per cent, down from 9 per cent in the third quarter. [...]

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All staff now need signed written employment agreements

The Department of Labour is reminding employers that the law now requires them to keep signed written employment agreements for all their staff. Since 1 July all employers are required to keep signed copies of employment agreements or current terms and conditions for all employees, or they may face a penalty. “Employment agreements are required for all employees no matter when they started work,” says Annie Newman, the Department’s Acting Chief Adviser of Employment Relations. “This affects all employees including those [...]

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