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  • Graph showing filled jobs by industry and status in employment, March 2020 and March 2021

    COVID-19 and the labour market

    Now that the country has been plunged back into lockdown for what appears to be an uncertain duration, it is perhaps timely to consider the impact the global pandemic and the Government’s response to it have had on the country’s labour market. Dr Stephen Blumenfeld, Director of CLEW, looks at the impact of COVID-19 on the labour market one year on from New Zealand's first lockdown.

  • Rudeness in the workplace

    Two researchers at Victoria University of Wellington, Dr Geoff Plimmer and Ao Zhou (Ollie), a PhD student, are investigating the impact of rudeness, termed incivility in the academic literature, on workplace individuals, teams and organisations. Incivility matters because it potentially damages employee confidence and wellbeing, triggers depression, lowers productivity and increases turnover (Pearson, Andersson & Porath, 2005). It also harms the effective functioning of groups and is hard to address. The VUW researchers are looking at these latter two areas.

  • Holidays Act Workshop provides valuable information

    The calculation of holiday pay has provided issues for employers and employees for a number of years and many organisations in both the public and private sectors a grappling with remediation projects to correct the payments. In many cases the payroll software used by organisation has been set incorrectly for the calculation of holiday payments. During July and August CLEW conducted workshops - ‘Changes to the Holidays Act – what is proposed and how will it work?’ - in conjunction with our annual seminar series in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. We were pleased to have some of the Holidays Act Review Taskforce to assist us with presentations.