8 December 2015
Readers of the international press will often come across colourful stories of human frailty where an individual leads a double life which is subsequently exposed. They may then lose their job shortly afterwards.
It only tends to be the dramatic cases that get reported; most of the New Zealand based cases involve people who did not retain their employment. More...
25 November 2015
Headlines last week were dominated by the news of Charlie Sheen's admission that he had HIV.
The massive attention given to this news is a reminder that the disease still attracts strong emotions reminiscent of the 1980s and early 1990's when the disease first emerged and a diagnosis was an almost certain death sentence. More...
10 November 2015
Even the more worldly readers will have been a little shocked by the underbelly of party life in Blackpool, England.
Local media reported that a Welsh reveller had a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses tattooed on his face during a stag-do. More...
27 October 2015
Readers would have read earlier this month of Mils Muliaina's good news.
In April this year Mils Muliaina was arrested in Gloucester after a European rugby match for allegedly groping a young woman's bottom in a Welsh night club. Live television captured his arrest and him being led away by Police to a van.
The sexual assault charges were dropped by Police last week as there was not enough evidence to provide a realistic prospect of a conviction. More...
29 September 2015
A vitriolic relationship between Star Wars actors for the robots C-3PO and R2-D2 illustrates a problem that many employers have with staff falling out with each other.
Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker are the only two actors to have appeared in all existing Star Wars movies and they are also set to star in JJ Abraham's forthcoming Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens. More...
15 September 2015
All readers will be aware of the conventional wisdom that one should not enter into romantic relationships with those you employ. Various colourful aphorisms capture this sentiment.
If only we were perfect and followed conventional wisdom.
A recent case heard by the Employment Relations Authority in Auckland is a reminder of what happens when the romantic relationship festers and dies. More...
3 September 2015
Some five-year-old schoolchildren in the Northland region are so angry they kick and bite teachers at the slightest provocation we are told. Other behaviour has included throwing books and chairs. One child apparently threatened to kill a principal.
Pat Newman, principal of Hora Hora Primary School in Whangarei and the president of the Principals’ Association covering much of the Northland area, reports that the problem is getting worse. More...
18 August 2015
The Waikato District Health Board has introduced a policy that staff receive the current seasonal influenza vaccination.
If they don't, they are required to wear a surgical face mask during the so-called influenza season while undertaking clinical duties or being present in a clinical area.
We are told that three workers have been suspended, that restrictions have been placed on a fourth, and that one worker has been dismissed under the new policy. More...
4 August 2015
Most readers will have heard of Harrods department store in London, and many will have shopped there.
The store has been a favourite destination for members of the Royal family and the English aristocracy. Its appeal dimmed somewhat when the owner of the store, Mohammed Fayed, alleged that the Royal family had a hand in the death of his son and Princess Diana. More...