Oct 21

Port worker dismissal upheld despite safety concerns

Posted by Dave Griffith

Auckland port worker Danny Belsham was justifiably dismissed after he refused to work due to health and safety concerns, the Employment Court has ruled. Danny Belsham was dismissed from his employment with Ports of Auckland Limited on October 16 2013, after he refused to start work and man a straddle crane. In Mr…

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Sep 27

Collins tells Judges to hurry up with judgements

Posted by Dave Griffith

Justice Minister Judith Collins is putting judges on notice that slow delivery of reserve judgements will no longer be acceptable. She is concerned about the length of time some judgements take and she is sick of hearing that the best answer to addressing delays is to appoint more judges. “If I have heard…

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Aug 26

Employment Court finds ‘Systematic bias against women’

Posted by Dave Griffith

The Employment Court has come down on the side of some of the most poorly paid women in the workforce in a landmark test case ruling. The Employment Court has also accused female-dominated industries, such as aged care, of perpetuating a systemic bias against women by undervaluing work that has traditionally been done…

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Aug 19

Employment Court says Text message dismissal unjustified

Posted by admin

The Employment Court at Nelson has upheld an Employment Relations Authority decision finding a salad bar worker was unjustifiably dismissed when she was sacked by text message after being accused of stealing on her second day on the job. Chief Employment Court Judge Graeme Colgan upheld the ERA decision awarded Amberleigh Howe-Thornley more…

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Mar 20

Court rules Talley’s worker not seasonal

Posted by admin

A Talley’s worker has won an employment case that could have significant implications for other New Zealand workers ¬†and their employers. Employment Court chief judge Graeme Colgan has ruled that Lynette Turner, who worked for Talley’s for 10 years at its Motueka fish-processing plant, was not a seasonal worker as the company claimed…

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Sep 27

Air NZ pilot wins reinstatement over sex case

Posted by Dave Griffith

A pilot with Air New Zealand subsidiary, Air Nelson who was sacked for having sex with a flight attendant and drinking on an overnight stop has won a legal battle to save his job. Air Nelson has exhausted its legal avenues after its decision to dismiss the pilot for “serious misconduct” was overruled.…

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