Tag - Serious Misconduct

Worker Loses Constructive Dismissal Case

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...

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Bus driver fired for taking photos of children wins compensation

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...

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ERA throws out dismissal over pregnancy

Janita WrightA 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...

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Air NZ manager sacked for serious misconduct

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...

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Labour MP has Facebook rant against Mad Butcher

Yes that is right folks I have been silly. 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...

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Air NZ pilot wins reinstatement over sex case

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...

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Nurse fails to get reinstatement over vaccination sacking

Sticking to safety procedures is always more important than sticking to a schedule. 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...

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Reading confidential docs on plane raises workplace issues

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...

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Public Service CEO facing serious misconduct investigation

Katrina Bach - it is a long way to fall from the top if the allegations are proven.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...

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Synthetic Cannabis workplace testing available in NZ

Just because it is legal does not mean it is safe in the workplace.Synthetic cannabis or Kronic as it is widely known as is not illegal in New Zealand. Synthetic Cannabis is herbal mixtures sprayed with ‘psychoactive research chemicals’ and sold as ‘fake weed’ or ‘synthetic marijuana’. JWH-018 and...

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