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Kaupapa Inquiries in the Waitangi Tribunal – Matters of National Significance for Maori

Filed under: Health, Maori Law, Treaty of Waitangi

An overview of The Health Services and Outcomes Kaupapa Inquiry and how to participate.

First aid at work

Filed under: Accident Compensation, Workplace Injuries, Employment Law, Health

If someone is hurt in an emergency or accident at work, immediate first aid treatment could mean the difference between life and death. This means that...

Smoking at work

Filed under: Rest Homes & Retirement Villages, Employment Law, Employment Agreements, Health, Human Rights, Utilities

Roughly one in five New Zealand adults smoke tobacco, according to a government social report in 2010. This means there’s a good chance in every workplace...

Can an employer get medical information from an employee’s doctor?

Filed under: Workplace Injuries, Employment Law, Employment Relationship Problems, Employment Agreements, Personal Grievances, Human Rights, Mental Health, Privacy

Situations sometimes arise where an employer needs information about an employee’s medical condition or claim of ill health. For example, if they’ve been...

Workplace drug and alcohol testing

Filed under: Employment Law, Health

Testing of employees for drugs or alcohol is becoming increasingly common in New Zealand workplaces.Find out more.

Drug testing case example: Unilaterally-imposed policy must be reasonable

Filed under: Employment Law, Health

In Maritime Union of New Zealand Inc & Others v TLNZ Ltd & Anor (2007) looked at whether an employer can unilaterally impose a drug and alcohol testing...

Drug testing case example: No good reason to refuse drug test

Filed under: Employment Law, Health

In Parker v Silver Fern Farms Ltd (2008) an employee refused to take a drug test after marijuana was found in his vehicle.

Drug testing case example: Unduly hasty process

Filed under: Employment Law, Health

In Bush v Marlborough Lines Ltd (2008) a drug test carried out by an industrial health nurse (not a registered medical practitioner) was positive. The...

Drug testing case example: Employer needed “reasonable cause” for drug test

Filed under: Employment Law, Health

Hooper v Coca-Cola Amatil (NZ) Ltd (2012) was a successful appeal against an Employment Relations Authority determination that an employee was justifiably...

Drug testing case example: Meaning of “safety sensitive”

Filed under: Employment Law, Health

Electrical Union 2001 Ltd v Mighty River Power Ltd (2012) was a dispute between the union and employer on whether an employee who was required to take...

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