EEO

23-01-2015 - What to look out for in the Employment Relations Act (ERA) changes

Type: News, Opinion piece

Here are some of the changes to the Employments Relations Act that we think you should pay attention to: Part 6A of the ERA was introduced to ensure continuity of work for employees in industries where restructuring is common. The amendment of part 6A removes this protection for staff in small to medium sized businesses. […]

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23-01-2015 - Bosses need to adhere to human rights law around religion

Type: News

Sometimes religious practices like praying or fasting or taking particular days of rest are required on normal working days. This is sometimes a dilemma for bosses to accommodate, and also for an employee who values their job and appreciates that there is ongoing work to be done. But whose rights take precedence – the employer’s […]

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23-01-2015 - Pay Gap Widens In NZ

Type: News

The Gender Gap index for 2014 was released recently with slipping from 7th to 13th place globally. It would appear the main reason for slippage was due to economic participation and opportunity, where we came in at 30th. We slipped from 15th place in 2013. This index measures labour force participation rates, female-to-male earned income, […]

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23-01-2015 - EEO Commissioners Insights Into Kristine Bartlett Equal Pay Case

Type: Opinion piece

When the Equal Pay Act was passed in 1972, it was believed to be just about ensuring men and women received the same pay for the same work. But the Kristine Bartlett Equal Pay Case currently under consideration has turned that on its head. The Kristine Bartlett equal pay case is a landmark case brought […]

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17-12-2014 - Dr Jackie Blue: Business and Human Rights

Type: Blog

I recently attended the third conference on Business and Human Rights in Geneva which is based on the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (adopted in 2011 by the Human Rights Committee). The guiding principles (also known as the Ruggie principles) are a global standard for preventing and addressing the risk of […]

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12-12-2014 - Sexual Harassment Guide

Type: Other

What is sexual harassment? Sexual harassment is unwelcome or offensive sexual behaviour that is repeated or significant enough to have a harmful effect on you. The Human Rights Act makes this unlawful when it occurs in: employment education or any other areas covered by the Human Rights Act. Examples of sexual harassment You may have […]

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05-12-2014 - Public Sector Equal Employment Opportunity: We have a lot of work to do

Type: Media Release

The Human Rights Commission says we have a lot of work to do following the release of the latest report into the human resource capability of New Zealand’s public service. “It’s disappointing to see little progress in equality of opportunity in our public service,” said EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue. “New Zealand’s changing face needs […]

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20-11-2014 - EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is concerned over the handling of the Sutton complaint

Type: Media Release, News

EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers. “My main concern is the woman at the centre of these allegations and anyone else in the public sector who […]

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07-11-2014 - Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue: Challenges and achievements since Beijing 1995 – New Zealand Women’s Watch

Type: Speech

Speech: EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue In 1995 New Zealand took part in the Fourth World Conference in Beijing and signed the Beijing Platform of Action achieve  to achieve gender equality  and the empowerment of women. At the Conference Hillary Clinton coined the phrase “Human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights”. […]

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04-11-2014 - EEO Commissioner Dr. Jackie Blue: Caring Counts and Beyond

Type: Speech

SFWU Central Region Women’s Conference Wednesday, 5th November, 2014 Freemasons Hall, Petone, Wellington The number of people aged 65 and over has doubled since 1980 and passed over 600,000 in the latest Census. This number is likely to double again by 2036. Our older people are also living for longer. For many older people, these […]

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