Hiring Staff

  • The Government’s new a trial period gives small business owners a Valentines Day excuse to start recruiting
    If you have been in business long enough, then at some stage you will have made a bad hire (and realised your mistake a month or so later). You are therefore forgiven for being a bit shy or nervous when it comes to hiring help. Well, fear no more, because the Government’s new 90 day trial period for businesses with 19 or fewer employees means that you can take a gamble on a new employee without the fear of a dreaded personal grievance landing on your desk. - read more
  • When is a fixed term a genuine fixed term?
    Subscriber Only Most people get engaged with the intention of getting married within the near future. So you can imagine the frustration of the party to the relationship whose request to set a date falls on deaf ears and consequently has to endure “the long engagement”. - read more
  • How the new 90 day trial period can make your business more money
    Subscriber Only Business owners have known for some time that the introduction of a 90 day trial period could save them money and hassle if they end up making a bad hire. However, few have cottoned on to how the new trial period could increase the value of their business. Let me explain how by looking at some statistics. - read more
  • How to choose the right employment agreement for your business
    Just like cars, not all employment agreements are the same. Try telling a Ferrari owner that he could get just as much pleasure driving a Hyundai Lantra. Now that’s not to say that the Hyundai Lantra won’t get you from A to B, but let’s get real – which would you rather drive? Now I am not saying there is anything wrong with the Hyundai Lantra (I drive one) or that all Hyundai Lantra drivers would rather drive a Ferrari (although I would) but whereas a Hyundai Lantra owner probably couldn’t afford a Ferrari, every business owner can afford an employment agreement that delivers the driving experience of a Ferrari. The problem is that most business owners don’t know that their employment agreement performs like a Hyundai Lantra. So let me explain the difference. - read more
  • Why you must choose the right employment agreements for your staff
    Most business owners know that it is against the law not to have a written employment agreement with their staff. However, what many business owners don’t know is that there are 4 different types of agreement to choose from... - read more
  • Why you can't just fire an employee at the end of a probationary period
    Subscriber Only Bob was fed up with hiring the wrong staff. Twice he had his fingers burnt. The first time he ended up defending a personal grievance and the second time the employee in question made a number of very costly mistakes before eventually resigning. This time was going to be different: now Bob had an employment agreement which contained a 1 month probationary period. - read more
  • Why not having a contractor agreement could cost you thousands of dollars
    Subscriber Only Normally a letter postmarked “Employment Relations Authority” would fill Peter with dread. But this time it could only be good news as Peter has successfully fended off a spurious claim brought by an ex-contractor who claimed he was an employee. The only outstanding issue was how much this contractor would be paying him in costs. Peter scanned the decision...everything looked good until he reached the final line. His heart sank: "$100!! That's not even half of my lawyer's hourly rate". - read more
  • Why no employer should dismiss Kiwisaver as just another piece of red tape
    Anna was on the verge of making a decision. "What are the benefits of joining your superannuation scheme and do you contribute?" - read more
  • How to use Kiwisaver to get ahead of your competition
    Subscriber Only Are you failing to attract the right people into your business, or are you losing valued employees to your competition? One of the fundamental principles of creating a great business, according to Jim Collins - author of Good to Great, is to get the right people on the bus (in other words, having the best employees). If you have the wrong employees, then you will never have a great business. - read more