Disappointment as JNL mothballs its LVL plant in Gisborne

Press Release – First Union

A union representing workers at JNLs Gisborne mill says it is disappointed the company is going ahead with its proposal to mothball its LVL plant. Read more »

Wellbeing workplace programme – WorkFit – launched

Press Release – Sport Hawke’s Bay

Hectic schedules at work, at home and in your social life can make it seem impossible to fit physical activity and healthy habits for general wellbeing in to your lifestyle and still have time for yourself. To think this needs to all be done in 7 days, week … Read more »

Juken Confirms Changes To East Coast Mill Production

Press Release – Juken

Forestry and wood processing company, Juken New Zealand has today confirmed it is going ahead with changes to the products made at its East Coast Mill in Gisborne to return the plant to profitability and secure its long-term future. Read more »

Human Rights Commission risks ‘no confidence vote’

Press Release – Diversity Works

Businesses and the public will lack confidence in the Human Rights Commission unless it demonstrates it has policies and procedures in place to adequately deal with harassment within its own organisation, says Diversity Works New Zealand Chief Executive Bev … Read more »

ANZ changes Wardrobe Policy to support diverse identities

Press Release – ANZ New Zealand

ANZ has changed its Corporate Wardrobe Policy so uniformed staff can wear corporate clothes that best fits their gender identity. Read more »

DHB announces closure of Dunsford residential care facility

Press Release – West Coast District Health

The West Coast District Health Board has today announced to staff that it intends to proceed with the closure of the Westport-based Dunsford Ward rest home and hospital level aged residential care facility by 1 March 2018. Read more »

Dunedin a Step Closer to a New Chocolate Factory

Press Release – OCHO

Dunedin-based chocolate company OCHO is one step closer to opening a new chocolate factory in the city with a signing of a lease on a Steamer Basin building today (Friday 9 February 2018). Read more »

Research finds 1/4 of NZ roles could be automated by 2030s

Press Release – PwC

PwCs latest global research has found New Zealand is well positioned to manage the three coming waves of automation between now and the mid-2o30s, in its report, Will robots really steal our jobs? The report found New Zealand has just the … Read more »

Working from home helps with childcare

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

The most-common work arrangement used by parents to help care for a child in 2017 was to have worked from home (16 percent of all parents), Stats NZ said today. This was followed by having a child at work, and swapping the days or times usually worked … Read more »

Clients choose Russell McVeagh partners

Press Release – Russell McVeagh

Russell McVeagh partners Sarah Keene, Ed Crook, Mei Fern Johnson and Andrew Butler have been recognised as the exclusive winners for New Zealand in their respective categories at the 2018 International Law Office Client Choice Awards. Read more »

Restaurateurs sentenced in exploitation case

Press Release – Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

A couple and their Auckland-based restaurant have been sentenced on charges of exploitation and providing false or misleading information relating to five Filipino employees they sponsored to come to New Zealand. Read more »

Rangatahi will suffer under plan to close careers offices

Press Release – Public Service Association

Young people in the regions, particularly Maori and Pasefika, could miss out on vital careers advice if the Tertiary Education Commission closes offices in the regions, the PSA says. Read more »

BOP business fined $12,000 for poor employment practises

Press Release – MBIE

A Labour Inspectorate investigation has found Ahead Limited, a business that provides labour to kiwifruit businesses, made several breaches to employment law. Read more »

FAB Group appoints first UK General Manager for Skinsmiths

Press Release – Fab Group

AUCKLAND, 8 February 2018 New Zealands leading expert in skin treatments and aesthetic medicine, FAB Group has today announced the appointment of a UK General Manager to lead the companys global brand, Skinsmiths in the UK. Read more »

NZ’s tight labour market “about skills, not capacity”

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 7 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand’s high underemployment rate indicates spare capacity in the labour market, and complaints by firms struggling to find labour are largely due to the mix of skills rather than sheer numbers, economists say. Read more »

Workers relieved as new sawmill comes to Gisborne

Press Release – First Union

The union representing dozens of sawmill workers whose jobs hang in the balance at JNL say they are pleased to see Far East Sawmills announce a move to Gisborne that could see up to 60 new jobs created. Read more »

Conditions right for good job creation

Press Release – New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The Council of Trade Unions (CTU) today said that the slowly falling unemployment rate had plenty of room for improvement, with 343,000 New Zealanders still either out of work or needing more work than policy makers have created. CTU President Richard … Read more »

Machines a matter of life and death

Press Release – WorkSafe NZ

There are no second chances with heavy machinery says WorkSafe after the sentencing of Easton Agriculture Limited today in Palmerston North District Court. Read more »

NZ 4Q jobless rate falls to 4.5% with little wage inflation

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 7 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand’s jobless rate fell to a fresh nine-year low in the December quarter but an influx of workers has kept a lid on wage inflation, something that will likely add to the view the central bank will continue to signal … Read more »

Unemployment down, but New Zealanders want more work

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Unemployment down, but New Zealanders want more work Minister of Employment Willie Jackson has today welcomed the release of the Household Labour Force Survey, which shows unemployment falling to 4.5 per cent. This is the lowest unemployment rate … Read more »

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