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Jon, a science teacher, is offered a permanent job at an area school near Cromwell. He tells the acting principal he’d like to look over the collective agreement before signing his letter of offer. The principal agrees.
Jon asks his union, the Post Primary Teachers’ Association, to go through the collective agreement and letter of offer with him. They immediately notice it’s out of date — a new collective agreement is in place. Jon tells the principal why he won’t sign the letter of offer and points out the salary increments have gone up.
The principal apologises and gives Jon the correct agreement. Jon signs the letter of offer and both Jon and the principal are happy that the union helped spot the mistake and avoid future problems.
Whether you’re paying staff for holiday, parental or sick leave, our guide helps you get it right.
It's about creating a work environment where everyone behaves in a safe and healthy way. Here's how to get everyone involved in H&S.
Employers must keep specific information on file about each employee. Download this list to make sure you're getting all the required information in your personnel files.
Use our DIY tool to create policies that best suit your staff and business. It’s full of tips to help you decide what to put in, what you must do and common mistakes to avoid.
Three out of four small businesses use outside experts to help make key decisions. These include advisors — like accountants or lawyers — business colleagues, industry groups and banks.
For five years, Ben’s Gardening Service has mown and weeded suburban gardens. Ben, the owner and only gardener, has found it easy to keep on top of the work and the invoicing. His accountant handles his GST and tax responsibilities.
Having won a contract to maintain the grounds of two retirement villages, Ben considers hiring another gardener. After discussing it with his accountant — and using the Employee Cost Calculator (external link) to check if he can afford help — Ben decides on a permanent employee working three days a week.
Ben’s plan is for his new employee to take over the existing clients, while he concentrates on the retirement grounds, the paperwork, and winning new work. Ben’s happy his business is growing and that he took the time to figure out what kind of employee he needs.