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The Human Resources Institute of New Zealand

Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ) is the professional body for those involved in Human Resource Management and the development of people.

HRINZ represents the interests of 3,700+ individual members who make up 47% of the known New Zealand HR market.  Read More

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Merry Christmas from HRINZ

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Be alert for signs of burnout

As the end of the year approaches, deadlines get closer and the pressure starts to mount. It's easy to find ourselves working long coffee-fuelled hours and feeling near the end of our tether.

Excessive stress can lead to a raft of physical and psychological issues - it's implicated in heart disease, stroke, anxiety and depression. And it can lead to career burnout - physical, mental and emotional exhaustion that makes it impossible to engage with work in any meaningful way.

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Tighter health and safety laws don't cap work drinks

15 December 2014

With the Christmas party season in full swing, WorkSafe is reminding employers they have a duty to ensure alcohol is drunk safely and their staff get home safely.

But the Government's safety watchdog is rejecting suggestions that imminent changes to health and safety laws will add extra obligations on employers to police work drinks next year. 

Company fined over forklift death

11 December 2014

A Northland timber company has been fined and ordered to pay further reparation of $60,000 after one of its employees was killed by a forklift with defective brakes.

WorkSafe NZ criticised Whangarei-based Kiwi Timber Protection Ltd, claiming Mark Blincoe,24, would likely still be alive today if the company he worked for had better safety practices. 

Workplaces face huge bills for injuries

10 December 2014

Businesses and individuals are being warned that under new legislation they can now face hundreds of thousands of dollars of reparations to victims of crimes.

Crombie Lockwood insurance specialist Melissa Cross said most firms would not be aware of the Sentencing Amendment Act 2014, which came into force tomorrow and could have a big impact where a company breached health and safety legislation. 

Health and safety risks in docking pay

5 December 2014

Susan Hornsby-Geluk of Dundas Street writes on the health and safety risks involved when employers dock employee wages for customer theft and examines protection provided for employees by the Wages Protection Act 1983. 

Courts increasing scrutiny on redundancies

2 December 2014

Disputed redundancies will face greater scrutiny should they come before the courts warn lawyers in light of a Court of Appeal decision.

The Court of Appeal has upheld a 2013 Employment Court ruling that a redundancy did not meet the test of justification under section 103A Employment Relations Act. 

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