Aug 19

Worker Loses Constructive Dismissal Case

Posted by Dave Griffith

Wheelchair company technician Glen MacMillan has lost his Employment Relations Authority grievance claim for constructive and unjustified dismissal. He was employed by Seating to Go Limited (STGL), a provider of specialised wheelchair and seating assessment services for the Ministry of Health and ACC. His employers received a written complaint about a visit Mr MacMillan…

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May 31

Bus driver fired for taking photos of children wins compensation

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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…

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Jan 19

ERA throws out dismissal over pregnancy

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A 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…

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Jan 19

Air NZ manager sacked for serious misconduct

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An Air New Zealand crew member was sacked after she attempted to board a rival company’s plane to have a look inside, then “spoke sarcastically” when she was denied. Helen Watson, a flight services manager with 26 years experience, was dismissed in August last year and has now launched a personal grievance case…

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Sep 30

Labour MP has Facebook rant against Mad Butcher

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Labour Party list MP Darien Fenton’s Facebook rant against the Mad Butcher, Peter Leitch is another example of people in management doing dumb things with social media. Among other things, Darien Fenton’s said that she chooses “not to buy stuff from those who support Tories.” Referring to The Mad Butcher chain that Sir…

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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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Aug 11

Sacked ‘kissing’ manager sues Microsoft

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A former Microsoft UK manager fired over a kissing incident with a colleague at a conference is suing Microsoft in a London court. Simon Negus, a partner and general manager at Microsoft’s UK was dismissed in September 2010 and is now chief operating officer of Upstream Systems. Microsoft themselves launched a claim against…

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Jul 21

Nurse fails to get reinstatement over vaccination sacking

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The Employment Relations Authority has refused to reinstate a Northland nurse sacked for not having an emergency kit on site while giving school students HPV vaccine for cervical cancer prevention. Natalie Lewers was a senior public health nurse employed by the Northland District Health Board to immunise students in the Whangarei and Kaipara…

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Jul 13

Reading confidential docs on plane raises workplace issues

Posted by Dave Griffith

The current controversy over an insurance company employee who pulled out confidential documents about restructuring and redundancies and started reading them in full view of passengers has raised serious issues about working in transit. A passenger on the flight, Frank van der Zwaag said he was on the Auckland to Wellington flight last…

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Jul 7

Public Service CEO facing serious misconduct investigation

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Katrina Bach the CEO of the Government Department of Building and Housing is being investigated over allegations of verbal abuse and physical assault towards a junior female staff member of her department. The State Services Commission has confirmed that an independent inquiry had begun after “serious allegations” were made about the conduct of…

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