Human Resource Newsletters

Through regular newsletters, we provide clients with general human resource information, insights into current trends and advice around new regulations. 

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    The Chard Consulting Team

    At Chard Consulting Ltd we pride ourselves on working with our clients to unlock ideas and take action to produce positive results for their organisations.  We want to continue to assist your business to succeed.  Please contact us to discuss any people or organisation related matters which may require support. 

    To find out more about Chard Consulting Ltd and what we do, please visit our website

    What's been going on

    In 2017 we have provided human resource expertise to a number of organisations throughout the Manawatu region.  Here is a short snippet of what we have been supporting our clients with:

    • Working with a school leadership team to help develop a wellbeing culture and programme of work
    • Designing the future operating model for a service unit of a tertiary education provider
    • Developing human resource policies and procedures for a small business
    • Providing support to a number of businesses on their everyday human resource requirements
    • Providing change management advice and guidance for a tertiary education provider
    Chard Consulting Ltd is an approved provider for:
    • AOG (All-of-Government) consultancy services for Business and Finance Solutions (Business Change and Operations Management & Risk).
    • Change Management support to Kahui Ako - Communities of Learning.

    Update on the Employment Relations Act

    It has recently been announced that the Government is proposing to make changes to the Employment Relations Act to ‘level the playing field’ by strengthening employees’ rights at work.  The Employment Relations Amendment Bill is to be introduced this month.  The most significant change will be to the 90-day rule – restricting when this clause can be used.  It is proposed that the 90-day rule can only be used by businesses with less than 20 employees.  Employers who employ more than 20 staff will still have the option to use probationary periods.

    The Bill also aims to reinstate clauses previously removed under the last Government along with new proposals.

    Find out more here

    Increase to minimum wages as at 1 April 2018

    As of 1 April 2018 the minimum wage will increase to the following:
    Adult — $16.50 an hour
    Starting-out — $13.20 an hour (up from $12.60)
    Training — $13.20 an hour (up from $12.60)

    Find out more here

    Five key employment basics and employee rights

    The Ministry for Business and Innovation offers FREE online training modules for employers to understand the basic legal requirements for employing staff and the employees’ rights.  These modules cover employment agreements, working hours, fair pay conditions, working arrangements and paid time off work. 

    To access the free online training click here


    This newsletter is provided for general information purposes only, not as legal advice, and should not be relied on as such.  Please seek further advice in relation to your particular matters.
    If you would like to discuss what you have read above or would like assistance with a process or project you are planning, or have underway, do not hesitate to contact CHARD CONSULTING or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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