December 2018 Update
December 2018 update
This is our last newsletter for 2018. Thank you for your ongoing support and for all the calls and emails to ask questions or simply talk things through, we love hearing from you so please continue to be in touch.
Employment Relations Act changes
We have been waiting for detail on changes to the Employment Relations Act introduced by the coalition Government. Last week they passed their third reading in Parliament, most of the changes will come into force on 6 May 2019.
- The 90-day trial period will be restricted to employers with fewer than 20 employees.
- Changes to sections relating to the continuity of employment if an employee’s work is affected by restructuring.
- Restoring prescribed rest and meal breaks with a limited exception for workers in essential services.
- Reinstatement will be restored as the primary remedy for unjustified dismissal. (Comes into force the day after royal assent).
Further protection for employees in vulnerable industries. (Comes into force the day after royal assent).
Take time to breathe
Christmas is fast approaching, and we would like to encourage you all to take a deep breath. Love it or hate it, Christmas causes stress. Staff might feel the pressure and place unrealistic expectations on themselves which affects their performance or behaviour. As an employer you may need to be more understanding towards staff and pick your battles. Although it is tempting to try to tidy up all outstanding issues before year end, it may not be realistic. Employers are always judged by their actions and whether these are deemed to be fair and reasonable at the time, so count to ten and give us a call.
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15 October 2019
Cybersecurity As more of our lives and work move online, cybersecurity becomes ever more important. It’s a particularly pressing concern for our HealthyPractice members, given the sensitivity of the records they hold about their patients.
24 September 2019
Managing mental health issues in the workplace Your staff are your greatest asset and their wellbeing has a major impact on the overall success of your practice. One of the most significant influences on the wellbeing of your staff is their mental health. Fortunately, mental health issues don’t have the stigma they once did and recent initiatives have done a lot to get people thinking about how they can improve their own mental health and help others who may be struggling. So, what can you do in your own workplace to help a staff member who needs support?
6 August 2019
With only one month to go until spring your employees might be thinking about booking their summer break or booking holidays on-line because the deal is too good to refuse. This month we are looking at all types of leave. You will need to log on to HealthyPractice to access the content in the links below.
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