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I was at the OfficeMax sales conference last Friday in
I was at the OfficeMax sales conference last Friday in Christchurch (I am based in Wellington) and after two intense days we had our final dinner and the wine was flowing big time. I made a terrible error in judgement and when a lady squeezed through two tables to my right, she had a shirt and I touched her bottom through her short dress. She immediately took offence and I apologised profusely for my offensive actions. She reported me to the Sales Manager and I was was asked to leave the conference and go back to my Hotel, which I did. I sent an email to my Sales Manager and his Manager - here is the email. Hi Adam and Jurgen,I just want to reiterate my apologies my behaviour On Friday night. I sincerely ***** ***** was just a harmless frivolous gesture with absolutely no harm intended, and I did apologise profusely immediately afterwards.What I did was totally inappropriate and if you feel it was appropriate I would like to apologise again to the lady on the phone, or via a video call.Sincerely ***** have been contacted this morning and they (as you would expect) are taking the issue very seriously) and are appointing an external consultant to investigate the issue. I know what I did was terrible behaviour and I am wondering if it is likely I will lose my job. Your help with this issue is much appreciated. Bryan … read more
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I have recently resigned from my job. I had 266 hours leave
I have recently resigned from my job. I had 266 hours leave left. Do these hours need to be paid to me at my normal hourly rate and what else am I entitled to? … read more
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Annual leave denied been working for this company for 1year
Annual leave denied Hi been working for this company for 1year 4monts haven't taken a leave Then I just submitted my resignation letter. I wanted to take leave before I start new job so a applied for … read more
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Chris, I have an individual who has submitted a letter of
Hi Chris, I have an individual who has submitted a letter of resignation in my Auckland office. The individual initially signed a 1 year employment agreement which was not renewed by either party. The… read more
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I have been given a letter by my employer regarding Annual
I have been given a letter by my employer regarding Annual Leave entitlement regarding the Covid19 wage subsidy. It outlines what my employer will reimburse me which is only part of what we were told to take. On Thursday 26th March staff were called into a meeting and then each of us had a one on one. I was informed that the GM had determined that during lockdown, I had sufficient work to carry me through 5 days. No discussions were had so not certain as to how this was the conclusion. I was then informed that I needed to put in 13 days of annual leave. I was not given time to review this and at the end of the day, I felt that my hands were tied and we were put into a situation that we had no choice. We never received anything in writing either although I did ask for it. Our contracts state 14 days notice is supposed to be given and I understand these were extenuating circumstances. I haven't signed the recent letter as I have issues with the opening line of 'in line with recent discussions ...' as no discussions have been had. I was informed today that if I didn't sign the letter that I would not be reimbursed for the 47.14hrs (what has been calculated from the 13 days) yet no where on the letter does it state that if I don't sign it I won't get it. My question is, what are my rights? I have reviewed the Wage Subsidy website and have noted that 1. Employers cannot unlawfully require named employees to use their Annual or Sick Leave, Leave without pay or other leave entitlements. 2. Being asked to use leave entitlements or any other changes to employment agreement terms cannot be done unless the changes have been discussed with you in good faith and are in writing. Can you please provide some guidance as I am in a bit of a crisis because I am being pushed into a corner and made to feel like an idiot because of how this situation has been handled. I am not alone in this but most staff have signed under duress. … read more
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My position was made redundant on 19/09/2017. In my
My position was made redundant on 19/09/2017. In my Employment Agreement my Position is 'Factory Machine Operator / Maintenance'. On the 06/09/2017 I was given a letter by the General Manger along wit… read more
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Employee worked from 29/10/13- 19/4/16, I am in New Zealand,
employee started 29/10/13- left 19/4/16 Holidays agreed -20 days per year in line with employment act. 1st year-15 days +5 days cash (by agreement in advance. 2nd year- 20 days- (by agreement in advance) 3rd year 20 days Employee walked out on 19/4/16 after having taken 10 days holiday. He is now asking for 10 days pay (holiday balance) + 8% of annual salary Salary :$ 63024 annual gross Weekly: $1212 gross… read more
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Employee worked from 29/10/13 to 19/4/16 Holidays: year 1-
Employee worked from 29/10/13 to 19/4/16 Holidays: year 1- 15 days +5 days cash(by agreement)year 2- 20 daysyear 3- 9 daysAgreed holidays 20 days per year (in advance by agreement) Salary( weekly) $12… read more
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I have a question regarding leaving a job as a employee with
I have a question regarding leaving a job as a employee with a company that has not provided adequate workload which has resulted in low remuneration. There is a repayment clause which says I have to … read more
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Following feedback as part of an employees annual review
Following feedback as part of an employees annual review process the employee refused to return to work, and said that they were taking the rest of the day of as a mental health day. She then did not … read more
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I am trying to find out what is a fair time frame from my employer
I am trying to find out what is a fair time frame from my employer to give requested leave. I cannot find any info. eg I gave 3 weeks notice to a day off (lieu) yet they declined it 2 days prior when … read more
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we were working four day weeks 10 hour days,then changed to
we were working four day weeks 10 hour days,then changed to five eight hour days .Just had two weeks holiday.The firm has deducted ten days holiday from my days owing before the change over and only p… read more
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Hi - I have just been advised that we are to close for a week
Hi - I have just been advised that we are to close for a week over Christmas. This is not in my contract and I need my leave for an overseas holiday in March. Do I have to use my annual leave or does … read more
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Hi there, my ex partner of 10 years assaulted me, tried to
Hi there, my ex partner of 10 years assaulted me, tried to take off with our son and ran me over with his car. He was charged with male assaults female and assault with a weapon (the car). I was not i… read more
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I am employed on a fixed term for 18 months at a government
I am employed on a fixed term for 18 months at a government department. The work was on a project which is completing after 9 months. I was advised that as there is no more project work the employment… read more
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If and employer decides to close the business this year, on
If and employer decides to close the business this year, on the 24th of December and the 31st of December, can that employer compel its employees to take two days of annual leave on those days? Thanks… read more
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Hi, I have given the companys required two weeks notice to
Hi, I have given the company's required two weeks notice to get 2 days off on July 2nd & 3rd to deal with matters of my recently deceased fathers estate, but this has been denied due to someone else b… read more
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Hello and thank you for any advice you can give me regarding
Hello and thank you for any advice you can give me regarding my situation, I have been employed at a small company (18 staff) for the last 4 years in Auckland. We have a second larger branch in Wellin… read more
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