2014 was a big year for HR news, including stories such as 'Blonde HR professionals: The chosen ones?', '"Hugs, jokes” and “honey and sweetie”: Is CERA chief guilty of sexual harassment?' and 'Company pays $37k after dismissing woman on maternity leave' – here's what you were reading.
The number one story of 2014 was a report on New Zealand’s national broadcaster, TVNZ – who was named the country’s Most Attractive Employer at an award ceremony which recognises the organisations that Kiwis see as the best employers.
HRM outlined the anti-bullying guidelines which were introduced in New Zealand this year. A manager at WorkSafe NZ gave clarification on why it is important for employers to recognise and stand up to bullying in the workplace.
Our third most-read story detailed the appointment of Maury Leyland as the managing director of people, culture and strategy at Fonterra. This followed the resignation of Chris Caldwell, Fonterra’s former managing director of people culture and services.
HRM detailed an ERA case which awarded a woman $37,000 after she had been made redundant while on maternity leave. Employment law specialists from Minter Ellison Rudd Watts outlined the key lessons for employers and HR from this case.
The legislation known as the ‘tea break’ law caused a stir when it was passed. It was received with controversy and led to activism. The effects of the bill and the response to it being passed were outlined by HRM in this story.
Do CEOs hire “young blondes” for HR roles because they think that they won’t be challenged by them? That was the opinion voiced in a blog that sparked debate within New Zealand’s HR community.
HRM detailed the finalists for 2014’s IBM Kenexa Best Workplace Survey and Awards.
Following Roger Sutton’s resignation, HRM spoke to a legal expert, who outlined ways that employers can avoid similar scandals and differentiate between innocent and inappropriate behaviour.
Employers were warned to exercise caution when dismissing an employee under the 90 trial period law, after the ERA condemned the actions of an employer who terminated an worker’s employment on the 89th day of his trial.
This year’s tenth most-read story detailed the best practice in cases of accidental overpayment.