Authority examines validity of sickness certificate

An employer was ordered to pay an employee wage arrears for four days’ sick leave taken in March 2014 despite the fact the employee only produced vague medical certificates to justify the leave in April 2014. The employee took off two Fridays and two Mondays and did not provide a medical certificate for either of the periods. The employee did not realise that under s 68 of the Holidays Act 2003 (the Act) the employer was entitled to require him... Read More

Employee awarded over $90000 for unpaid wages and unjustified dismissal

Hill v Shand (Christchurch) [2014] NZERA 266 The employee in this case was hired as the manager of the Murchison camping ground. There was no written employment agreement between the parties but a verbal arrangement was made whereby the employee would be paid a salary of $30,000 per year and would also be entitled to free accommodation in the house on site. On the 3rd of February 2013 the employee was summarily dismissed for serious misconduct, allegedly... Read More

Employee awarded over $90000 for unpaid wages and unjustified dismissal

Hill v Shand (Christchurch) [2014] NZERA 266 The employee in this case was hired as the manager of the Murchison camping ground. There was no written employment agreement between the parties but a verbal arrangement was made whereby the employee would be paid a salary of $30,000 per year and would also be entitled to free accommodation in the house on site. On the 3rd of February 2013 the employee was summarily dismissed for serious misconduct, allegedly... Read More

Cabinet approves sleepovers agreement

12 September 2011, Tony Ryall The Government will contribute $90m towards phasing in the minimum wage for disability support workers on overnight sleepover shifts. Health Minister Tony Ryall says: “Cabinet this morning agreed to provide $90 million towards phasing in minimum wage rates by July 2013, and $27.5 million towards the back pay liabilities of the providers.”  IHC and other providers are also putting in money.  “People with disabilities... Read More