Tag - Workers

Liquor Stores fined $200k for ripping off workers

Two Auckland liquor stores and a dairy owned by businessman Ala'a Bader have been ordered to pay more than $200,000 in wage repayments and fines for breaching employment law. The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) has found that the companies that operate Civic Convenience, Symonds Liquor and Sky Liquor, underpaid some...

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Company fined for exploiting migrant workers

No fairtrade certification for this bathroom company. Auckland company Shynday Kitchen and bathroom have been found guilty of exploiting migrant workers and ordered to pay compensation totalling $23,065. The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) found that the Shynday factory  breached good-faith obligations when it dismissed two Chinese employees. Following and anonymous complaint a...

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Growing trend of working beyond 65 in NZ

More New Zealanders are working beyond the old retirement age of 65 in a trend that has helped cut apocalyptic projections about our national superannuation burden. Statistics NZ have announced that the population aged 65-plus has doubled since the early 1980's to 635,200 and was likely to double again by...

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Average worker spends quarter of day on emails

The average worker spends two-and-a-half hours writing emails every day, researchers have discovered. A poll found that more than a quarter of most employees’ time is wasted sending, receiving or sorting out emails instead of doing their jobs. That means that every year workers spend some 81 working days hunched over...

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Older Workers going into Business

Increasing numbers of Australian workers made redundant as they approach retirement are refusing to be discarded by going out on their own. It is the catch-22 of life in a post-global financial crisis (GFC) world. Australians are living longer and being encouraged to work longer to pay for their retirement. Yet...

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Unproductive workers costing billions

A third of Australian workers waste almost a quarter of their day at work, a survey shows. The Ernst and Young Australian Productivity Pulse survey found the lack of productivity costs businesses more than $41 billion each year in wages alone. The survey of 11,500 people showed the current economic slowdown...

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NZ Workers happier than Aussies – survey

New Zealand workers are happier than their Australian counterparts, a survey says, despite being paid less and working longer hours. One researcher said it was proof New Zealand breeds "cheap and efficient" workers. The Regus survey found nearly half of New Zealand employees said they were working harder since the global...

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