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Welcome to Business HR Advice – a resource for New Zealand Chambers of Commerce members.

We know that many of our members employ fewer than 100 staff and may not have an HR specialist or access to HR services – now you do. Business HR Advice a new service from the Chamber, providing dedicated HR advice to our members to ensure they have the most up-to-date and relevant advice on employment and HR issues.

Get the right advice right from the start and save time, money and potential legal wrangles. Call Business HR Advice on 0800 CHAMBER (24 26 23) and talk to one of our team of HR specialists who will be on hand to ensure you are getting the best out of your most valuable asset, your staff.

  • If you’re a small business owner, driven by a passion for what you do best, chances are HR related issues may not be your area of expertise. Avoiding the HR issues facing your business could be a costly choice. You’d be better off equipping yourself with the skills and knowledge so that you confidently understand your rights as an employer and how to respond to the issues facing your business, especially when you may not have the luxury of an in-house HR expert to do it for you.
    Posted: Monday 15 September 2014
  • Some employees are far to quick the threaten a personal grievance, but often that is all it is, a threat... which goes away once they have calmed down. But if you do get a personal grievance read this article, and give us a call... before you go and get a 2nd mortgage
    Posted: Thursday 19 June 2014
  • Some employees are far to quick the threaten a personal grievance, but often that is all it is, a threat... which goes away once they have calmed down. But if you do get a personal grievance read this article, and give us a call... before you go and get a 2nd mortgage
    Posted: Thursday 19 June 2014
  • You not only need to have good reasons in order to fire someone, but you also need to ensure that you follow the correct process in doing so ..... read on...
    Posted: Tuesday 29 April 2014
  • Employment Law is not black and white, there are many shades of grey. This article shows how you can navigate some of those issues, with particular reference to the Trial Period Legislation
    Posted: Monday 3 March 2014
  • Christmas will soon be upon us again and, with it, all the usual questions and lingering doubts about rules governing leave entitlements, holiday pay, close down periods and other similarly exhilarating stuff!

    So, just because we all love it so dearly, here are a few notes that some may find helpful!
    Posted: Tuesday 19 November 2013
  • The Employment Relations Amendment Bill is currently under review and public submissions are being invited. To find out more and/or to have your say click the link..
    Posted: Monday 24 June 2013
  • Do you ever wonder if your employees are genuinely sick and what you can do about excessive sick leave...
    Posted: Sunday 23 June 2013
  • We have had a number of queries recently regarding the correct use of trial periods, particularly in the case of when things are not working out. Although it is quite straight forward many employers are nervous about getting things wrong and the implications this could have for them.
    Posted: Thursday 30 May 2013
  • Keep abreast of important changes to Employment Legislation that come into effect on April 1st
    Posted: Tuesday 5 March 2013
  • A wee Christmas present from HRtoolkit... what is it that motivates staff?
    Posted: Wednesday 19 December 2012
  • Certainly it can and it does! In fact I’d go even further to state that the opposite is also true and that poor HR management practices can have a very negative impact on the country’s economy.....
    Posted: Wednesday 14 November 2012
  • A quick summary of everything you need to know about employment agreements, and even some tips on the flexibility of Zero hours contracts
    Posted: Thursday 21 June 2012
  • Did you realise that 10 minutes per working day day equates to 40 hours per year (10 mins * 5 days * 48 weeks = 2,400 minutes) and you can either use the stick or the carrot to realise this time.
    Posted: Thursday 1 March 2012
  • Managing sick leave, particularly long-term sick leave can be difficult, but you don't have to accept it, you can take action. This newsletter tells you how
    Posted: Tuesday 7 February 2012
  • Bonuses are a great way to reward staff. But you need to make sure that they encourage and reward the right behavior, rather than being swallowed up to pay the credit card bill... here's how to get the best out of your bonus spend
    Posted: Sunday 9 October 2011
  • Incorrectly engaging someone on an independent contractor agreement can be very costly. This article is written for the Real Estate Institute, but is equally applicable in other industries
    Posted: Wednesday 16 March 2011
  • NZ has been identified as having one of the highest levels of workplace bullying in the developed world. But what is bullying and how do you protect against it? This article gives you some practical advice and guidance.
    Posted: Saturday 5 June 2010
  • Actually, mostly it is the managers who don't like giving feedback. But feedback is critical to the success of your business. So here is the why and how of performance management systems...
    Posted: Tuesday 25 May 2010
  • Lean manufacturing my be the brain child of 1950's Toyota, but the principals can also be applied to management and how we run any business...
    Posted: Thursday 15 April 2010
  • A bit of practical advice on dealing with sick leave abusers, and managing your annual leave balances...
    Posted: Wednesday 18 November 2009

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