Workplace Harassment and Bullying

Victims of bullying and harassment in the workplace often feel isolated with no way out. Introduction Most workplaces have harassment and bullying policies in place. Many of these were written following the implementation of legislation such as the Human Rights Act, Health and Safety in Employment Act and Employment Relations Act. The emphasis for many of these policies was on sexual harassment and related inappropriate behaviour in the workplace. While most workplaces have seen a cultural shift away from instances of [...]

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Major employer considering ban on hiring smokers

The Auckland District Health Board, is considering extending its anti-smoking policy to include not hiring staff who smoke. The Auckland DHB employs over 10,000 people, and currently has a smoking ban in place on its sites that includes staff, patients and the public. Extending the ban to recruitment of smokers is a major step though. Nurses Organisation spokeswoman Kerri Nuku said the union would oppose the plan, which "goes against everything we stand for in terms of equal opportunity". She said [...]

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