New law for businesses that sell food

2 March 2016

A new law for all businesses that sell food comes into effect on Tuesday 1 March 2016.

"The Food Act 2014 is designed to modernise food safety in New Zealand. It will make it easier for businesses to make sure their food is safe," says Scott Gallacher, Deputy Director-General Regulation and Assurance, at the Ministry for Primary Industries.

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Welcoming in the 2016 Gaming Machine Game Rules

2 March 2016

In June 2015, a working group was established to review the 2006 Game Rules. The group consisted of individuals from the Department of Internal Affairs (Heather McShane, Michael Cassidy, Mark Thornton, Manuel Pedreschi, Stu Fuller, Geoff Lawry and John Hennebry) and individuals from the class 4 industry (Jarrod True, Rae Mazengarb, Craig Denny, Scott Simmiss and Lisa Beighton).

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Health and Safety Rep Myths + New Regulations Out Now

25 February 2016

It's a myth that the new health and safety law won't apply to small businesses. It will. But you might be exempt from electing a health and safety (H&S) representative or committee — even if a worker asks for one — if your business is small and in a low-risk industry.

The Health and Safety At Work Act 2015 comes into effect on 4 April. One of the main aims is to encourage workers to take part in health and safety.

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Membership Transfers - Who does what?

18 February 2016

Membership transfers have, by way of convention, been a traditional part of club life, particularly in respect of those clubs that include the expression 'Cosmopolitan' or 'Workingmen's' in their title. The committee should consider incorporating a specific provision for transfers, to permit membership by way of transfer, in the rules of the club.

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Food Act 2014 - Is Your Club Ready To Transition?

18 February 2016

The Food Act 2014 comes into force on 1st March 2016. It takes a new approach to managing food safety. Find out more about the Food Act and what it means for your Club.

Everyone working in the food industry has a responsibility to make sure that the food we buy is safe and suitable to eat. The Food Act 2014 takes a new approach to managing food safety.

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Club undertakes voluntary suspension

18 February 2016

A Waikato-based club with 18 gaming machines on site undertook a five day voluntary suspension during January 2016 as part of a negotiated outcome with the Department of Internal Affairs.

The suspension followed an investigation by the Department into how the Waitomo Club dealt with problem gambling.

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Pokie spending up over 2015

11 February 2016

Gaming machine expenditure in pubs and clubs in the year ended December 2015 was up 2 per cent on the previous year, 2014, from $811.4 m to $828 m, according to figures from the Department of Internal Affairs. This was despite there being fewer licence holders, gambling venues and gaming machines compared with 12 months earlier. Over the 12 months licence holders fell from 312 to 300, venues from 1287 to 1238, an almost 4 per cent decline, and gaming machines dropped almost 2 per cent from 16,717 to 16,393.

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C'mon mate, just joking

10 February 2016

Recent research by the Healthy Work Group investigated whether differences in the workplace environment affect employee's understanding of acceptable workplace behaviour - and if 'norms' within an industry influenced employees' perceptions.

Bullying is poisonous to organisational life. Untreated, it can cause significant harm to both the bullied and those who witness it. Alongside the individual costs, the effects of workplace bullying can ripple through an organisation to inflict substantial direct and indirect organisational costs. Research suggests that it is prevalent in organisations internationally and locally. Despite widespread recognition of the problem, how best to effectively manage workplace bullying is far less clear.

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Employment law shake up coming in 2016

10 February 2016

A raft of changes in employment law will happen over the next 18 months and small businesses in particular are being advised to take note.

Employment standards, and health and safety reforms, will introduce new compliance obligations for employers and the consequences for those caught flouting responsibilities could be disastrous.

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Class 4 Game Rules 2016 effective from 7 March 2016

5 February 2016

New Class 4 game rules take effect on Monday, 7 March 2016, replacing the Gambling Act (Class 4) Game Rules 2006. The Gambling Act (Class 4) Game Rules 2016 streamline and simplify the requirements for societies, clubs and venues to operate Class 4 gaming machines.

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Waitangi Day - 'Mondayisation' and employee entitlements

28 January 2016

Waitangi Day is Mondayised this year for the first time since the Holidays Amendment Act 2013.

The Act 'Mondayised' both Waitangi and ANZAC Day public holidays in line with Christmas and New Year public holidays (4) which are also Mondayised if they should fall on a weekend.

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Reminder: New Gambling Fees coming into effect

28 January 2016

The new gambling fees schedule comes into effect on 1 February 2016.

Application and renewal forms for use after 1 February 2016 are available on the Department of Internal Affairs website.

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