July 2022

A Double Whammy

Economic shockwaves from missiles exploding in Ukraine are reverberating across the world as Russia’s imperialist aggression is driving commodity prices through the roof and in a toxic correlation, further stoking inflation already ablaze from COVID-related quantitative easing. Wannabe Tsar Vladimir Putin’s brutal gambit to reconstitute the USSR has upset commodity and financial markets worldwide with …

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Why your business needs a new Employee Value Proposition

In New Zealand’s current challenging labour market, businesses are finding it harder than ever to fill vacancies, job advertisements are running at record levels and staff turnover is increasing. It is essential that your business clearly defines a relevant and compelling Employee Value Proposition (EVP). Your EVP sets out what is unique about working for …

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NZ-EU Free Trade Agreement signed – What does it mean?

The newly signed Free-Trade Agreement will drive a closer relationship between Europe and New Zealand, according to the New Zealand Europe Business Council. The agreement is a crucial step to realise the potential of cooperation, not only in differently sized markets, but also in the different strengths the EU and NZ markets have. “It is …

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What we learnt from our Public Health Response to COVID

What is Public Health? The health of the general population, and in particular, efforts by the Government to improve the health outcomes of the population through regulation and other forms of support. Public health involves branches of medicine including hygiene, epidemiology and disease prevention. Viruses Viruses are the most abundant organism on the planet. There …

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How working from home really worked – What we learnt from COVID-19

COVID-19 We had our first case of COVID-19 on 28 February 2020. The solution was a 14-day isolation period for all incoming overseas travellers, and gatherings were restricted to 100. On 21 March, the 4 Tier Alert System was introduced, and nationally we moved to Alert Level 2. On 23 March, the Prime Minister announced …

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Change in “cooling off” period approach

Employers can rejoice at the long-awaited change in approach given and upheld by the Employment Court whereby there is no longer a requirement for an employer to provide a “cooling off” period following a ‘heat of the moment’ resignation. Employment Relations Authority Original Precedent The traditional view, as set out in the Employment Relations Authority …

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EMA Advocacy Update

Over the past three weeks, the EMA team has been on the road for Briefings. We’ve met with around 1,500 of our members in- person and online at over 20 venues. It’s very clear that the single biggest issue is the shortage of people and skills in the workplace and the related Immigration reset. People, …

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