Christmas 2014
Shine People Consulting
Welcome to our last newsletter of the year.    

Christmas and the holiday season is just around the corner.  After a busy year I’m sure that you, like me, are looking forward to some well earned rest and relaxation. 

It’s been a busy year working across the country.   I have loved the opportunity to work with you on a range of interesting projects and assignments.  Thank you for your continued support throughout 2014. 

Wishing you and your loved ones a relaxing, sunny and safe Christmas and look forward to working with you in 2015.

Denise Hartley-Wilkins


Upskill your staff in 2015

We are already getting booked up for the first quarter of 2015.  Check out our 2015 courses here.


What can we expect in 2015?


Potential Labour Market Squeeze

MBIE reports:
  • Employment is forecast to grow by 2.4% between 2014 and 2015 , by 2.2%  between 2015 and 2016 and by 1.6% between 2016 and 2017
  • The unemployment rate is forecast to decline, falling to 5.3% by March  2015 then declining gradually to 5.1% by March  2016 and dropping further to 4.8% by March  2017
  • Opportunities for lower-skilled workers are forecast to account for about 29% of the employment growth over this period. The food processing, retailing, accommodation, business services and construction industries are expected to create most of these opportunities 
  • Growth in skilled vacancies regionally : The biggest annual increases were in Otago/Southland (up 19.6 per cent), Nelson/Tasman/Marlborough/West Coast (up 14.6 per cent), and Gisborne/Hawke's Bay (up 14.4 per cent).

Increased scrutiny by courts on disputed redundancies

Recent cases have resulted in the Employment Court taking a closer look at disputed redundancies.  In particular is it a genuine redundancy or a sham cover for removing a problematic employee; does the business case behind the redundancy proposal stack up?; did genuine consultation take place or was it a foregone conclusion.  For Redundancy decisions to be justified they must be based on accurate factual information as well as genuine reasons. The need to have a genuine reason for a redundancy has not changed, but the level of disclosure and consultation required to justify a dismissal on the grounds of redundancy, appears to have got significantly higher.

Health and Safety changes

The Health and Safety Reform Bill will be law by April 2015 and with it will come a number of changes including more onus on businesses around recording and reporting of accidents and incidents that harmed or might have harmed persons in the workplace,  in particular  ‘notifiable events’.  It is also anticipated that there will be significantly higher penalties for health and safety breaches.   Employers need to urgently come up to speed with the changes and what this means for them.  Early signs are that WorkSafe rightly have teeth and are unlikely to be swayed by a ‘I didn’t know’ plea. 

Before you go ... to lighten your day!

Our balmy (I’m thinking positive here) NZ Xmas means that we don’t have the call for quirky Xmas jumpers, or any jumper for that matter.  It’s not the same for our friends up north though.  Check out what they get up to.  Challenge for the guys out there – can you recreate this? 

In a country where we have more sheep than people I laughed out loud when I saw the Welsh version of ‘one man and his dog’.  Say hello to the Baa-Studs 

Christmas Closure

We will be closed for the Christmas and New Year period from Monday 22nd December to Friday 9th January. 


To have a further discussion about anything in this newsletter, or for a general chat about anything HR please feel free to contact  us at  Shine People.   We love to hear from you.

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