How can I be a great employer?

How do I find temporary staff fast?

Depending on what your business does, there are several different ways to source new employees. It could be that you can find the right person simply through word-of-mouth, i.e. a recommendation or referral from friends or family. However, most commonly, candidates are found via advertising. You can do this yourself through newspapers, internet job sites such as Seek and Trade Me Jobs, as well as Work & Income New Zealand (WINZ).

If you’re lacking confidence in your own abilities to recruit the right staff, or you simply don’t have time to do it yourself and need staff fast, employment agencies are a viable option.

Do I need an employment agreement?

Yes! It is a legal requirement that all employees have a written and signed employment agreement before they start work. Failing to have this in place is in breach of the Minimum Employments Standards and you can face a $20,000 fine per breach.

MBIE have a handy tool which helps you create tailored employment agreements for your staff in less than 30 minutes. It covers what you must do by law and also sets out common mistakes made by employers and how to avoid them. Once you finish, they'll send you the completed agreement, a sample offer letter, a summary of tips and common mistakes tailored to your business, and a to-do list of suggestions for your next steps.

How to use a trial period

Trial periods are a way to protect yourself in case your choice of applicant doesn’t turn out the way you’d hoped. It can be up to 90 days, and needs to be specified in the signed employment agreement before the employee starts. During the trial, the employee is entitled to all the same benefits as everyone else.

Trial periods are for new employees only, and they can’t be extended past the agreed time. If you decide it’s not working out, they can’t raise a personal grievance against you for unfair dismissal, unless they think you’ve been discriminatory or harassing.

Meet your employer obligations

Being a great employer starts with understanding what your obligations are and it is your responsibility to ensure that all your employees are being taxed accordingly.

It’s important to have a good payroll system, like MYOB Essentials Payroll, that automates compliance for you by keeping you up to date with the latest IRD tax changes including ACC, KiwiSaver and Student Loan rates.

It also takes the hassle out of running pay runs by automating payroll compliance, meeting your record keeping requirements and of course keeping your employees happy.

For more information to assist you with each stage of the employment lifecycle,
download our FREE Essential Employer Guide.


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