Friday, August 27, 2010

Are those chickens coming home to roost?

I don't normally pay a lot of attention to court case reports in the media, but this news item deserves it: "90-day trial warning for employers.

It seems that the Stokes Valley Pharmacy has been ticked off by the Employment Court because it "had not complied with contractual requirements of the Employment Relations Act relating to the trial period". In other words, it had manufactured an excuse to fire an employee within the 90-trial period, but hadn't followed the rules in doing so.

Well, that's a surprise, isn't it!

I have no time for this scurrilous piece of legislation, and have said so previously.

Matt McCarten, from the Unite union, summed up the problem with the legislation like this:

"What John Key, and most New Zealanders, think is that everyone is decent. But laws are supposed to protect the vulnerable from bad things. You don't legislate for people to be good - they'll be good anyway. The law is stop bad people from doing bad things, and that's what they're taking away."

And I say 'Amen' to that!

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