Lawful dismissal on medical grounds
8 August 2018
The Employment Court has confirmed the core principles to follow in situations where employers are seeking to end an employment relationship on medical grounds. In Lyttleton Port Company v Arthurs 2018, Mr Arthurs was an employee cargo handler of the company. He suffered PTSD as a result of witnessing a fatal workplace accident in 2008 and then having a friend and colleague become involved in a second fatal workplace accident in 2014. He took sick leave in December 2014 using a series of medical certificates, and during this time suffered a non-workplace shoulder injury. In July 2015, medical information from his doctor as well as a further medical specialist evaluation obtained by the company indicated no clear recovery time and the possibility that he might never recover. In December 2015 the company terminated his employment on the basis of medical incapacity and unlikelihood of a return to work in the foreseeable future.
Food for thought
1 August 2018
The appointment of a contract caterer is a very important matter for any club. The committee and management need to decide what it wants from the appointment. For example, how will the contract caterer fit in with other club activities such as function and other special events?
Register now for the 2018 Club Management Conference
25 July 2018
Registrations for the 2018 Club Management Conference hosted by the Timaru Town & Country Club are open. The registration process is the same as in previous conferences where each club will have received an email containing a link to your club’s unique registration form.
Update from the South - General Manager Southern
24 July 2018
Greeting from the South.
The power to grow
12 July 2018
The digital world is here. People of all ages use their smartphones for everything from research to entertainment, organising their lives to connecting with others.
Because of this, your advertising and marketing activities have to be there too, to reach them. This is digital marketing and it's a non-negotiable today.
A very personalised future
12 July 2018
Personal information is collected every time we use a loyalty card, shop online, click on a news of sports article or sign up to an online service, with the information around our preferences, choices and consumer habits all collected by myriad of companies.
There is no doubt this intelligence is highly valuable to companies - valuable to those wishing to sell us goods and services, valuable to those looking to predict our future transactions or valuable to those wanting to personalise experiences for us, based on the things we like most, while not bothering us with products or services we have no or little interest in.
Creating calm after a storm
5 July 2018
Crisis management is a critical consideration in most organisations. By definition, a crisis in this sense is anything that may threaten operations and have a negative outcome if not addressed appropriately.
Failure to do so has almost instant dire consequences - reputational damage, harm to stake holders and plunging share prices. In the long term, a serious case of crisis mismanagement could end an organisation's existence.
Domestic Violence Bill could cost the Employer
5 July 2018
Green's Domestic Violence - Victim’s Protection Bill 2016 is coming up for a third Parliamentary reading.
The aim of this Bill is to amend the Domestic Violence Act 1995, Employment Relations Act 2000, Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, Holidays Act 2003, and Human Rights Act 1993 to enhance legal protections for victims of domestic violence.
Are your ClubCare Resources up to date?
5 July 2018
Under the Gambling (Harm Prevention and Minimisation) Regulations 2004 the holder of a class 4 venue licence must make available to players pamphlets providing information about the odds of winning on gaming machines, information about the characteristics of problem gambling and how to seek advice for problem gambling. In addition to this the venue must display signage that is clearly visible to all players that encourages players to gamble only at levels they can afford and contains advice about how to seek assistance for problem gambling.
Free online Employment Learning Modules for employers and employees
28 June 2018
Navigating the world of employment law can be a daunting prospect, but the Ministry of Businesses Employment Learning Modules may just help to straighten out a few of your questions. The free online learning modules are a valuable resource for both employees and employers to learn about your employment rights and obligations.
Unpaid meetings and Smiths City
28 June 2018
Commentary on the recent decision of the Employment Court (NZEmpC 43 EMPC 313/2016 ) involving Smiths City Group Limited and employees attending unpaid meetings has flooded the media and provided Unions with fertile soil on which to grow their memberships.
Pause the Pokies for Gambling Harm Awareness Week
21 June 2018
This year, Gambling Harm Awareness Week (GHAW) is taking place 3 - 9 September. The Problem Gambling Foundation (PGF), Mapu Maia, Asian Family Services, and several community partners are inviting clubs to participate in a nationwide ‘Pause the Pokies’ campaign as part of this important awareness raising week. This involves venues turning off their pokie machines for one hour during GHAW to increase community awareness of gambling harm.