New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations (Online)

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Vol. 37, No. 3, 2012

Health and Safety Regulatory Reform in Australia: Challenges and Issues for Smaller Ethnic Firms
AbstractIn recent times significant change has occurred to the Australian health and safety regulatory context. In this paper we consider the potential response of smaller firms in general, and ethnic owned and/or operated smaller firms in particular....
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Vulnerability in New Zealand Dairy Farming: The Case of Filipino Migrants
AbstractIn New Zealand, the dairy industry contributes significantly to the economy. It is responsible for 26 per cent of total merchandise exports. Propelled by the recent world commodity boom, the dairy industry has expanded rapidly, but that expansion...
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Succession Planning in the Third Sector in New Zealand
AbstractSuccession planning is a significant problem for third sector organisations (TSOs), that is, organisations that are neither wholly public nor private sector organisations. While there is some academic research published in the wider area of succession...
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Ideology versus Reality: New Zealand Employer Attitudes to Legislative Change of Employment Relations
AbstractThere has been a shift to individualised and workplace-based employment relations in New Zealand. Researchers have canvassed many explanatory factors behind this shift but this paper focuses on the role played by employers. It draws on several...
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Commentary: Reflections on High Performance, Partnership and the HR Function in New Zealand
IntroductionThis is a personal reflection on more than two decades of involvement in the policy development and implementation side of government measures to promote improved productivity and modernised workplace organization in New Zealand. It began...
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Vol. 37, No. 2, 2012

The Ethics of Employment Relations and Human Resource Management: Kohlberg's Seven Levels of Morality
AbstractIn the past, the academic fields of employee relations (ER) and Human Resource Management (HRM) have not shown a marked interest in the issue of moral philosophy. An understanding of how ER/HRM relate to ethics can be shown in two ways. It can...
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The Rhetoric versus the Reality: New Zealand's Experience Rating
AbstractThere are two views of New Zealand's Accident Compensation (ACC) scheme; the first view is that the scheme is a social programme and the second is that it is an insurance-based programme which, for historical reasons, happens to be run by the...
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Emotional Labour and Self-Determination Theory: A Continuum of Extrinsic and Intrinsic Causes of Emotional Expression and Control
AbstractWhat drives employees to engage in each of the three forms of emotional labour: surface acting, deep acting and genuine expression? The motivational bases of these behaviours have seldom been examined. We therefore explore them through the continuum...
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Direct and Interaction Effects of Challenge and Hindrance Stressors towards Job Outcomes
AbstractRecently, studies have shown the positive (challenge) and negative (hindrance) nature of stressors can influence job outcomes in opposite directions. However, no study has explored the interaction effects of these stressor dimensions on each...
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Chronicle: February 2012 - May 2012
FEBRUARY 2012The NZ Institute of Economic Research reported on their analysis of the controversial '90day Trial Period', covering the period April and September which was straight after the new 90-day trial period regulation for new workers in small...
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Vol. 37, No. 1, 2012

Introduction
On 3 June 2010, the New Zealand Labour Law Society was launched in Auckland by its Patron Judge Coral Shaw. The launch was sponsored by the NZWALMI (New Zealand Work and Labour Market Institute) which has continued to support the Society with administrative...
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Australian Labour Law in Transition: The Impact of the Fair Work Act
IntroductionThe last two decades have seen almost constant change in Australian labour law. Since the Hawke Government replaced the Conciliation and Arbitration Act 1904 with the broadly similar Industrial Relations Act 1988, there has scarcely been...
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Bargaining Fair Work Style: Fault-Lines in the Australian Model
AbstractThe model of good faith bargaining introduced by the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) requires bargaining representatives to bargain in good faith with every other bargaining representative appointed by an employer or employee. This obligation is producing...
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Good Faith in Collective Bargaining Communications in Australia and New Zealand
AbstractCommunications during collective bargaining are of central importance to the conduct of employment relations in Australia and New Zealand as they may substantially impact collective bargaining outcomes. Although communications during collective...
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The Rule of Law in Private Law: A New Animating Ideal for Employment Law?
IntroductionLaw exists so that principles, and not purely power, govern relations between people in a society. The rule of law, by extension, is just concerned with maintaining and upholding, steadfastly, those principles of law against the reach of...
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An Uneven Playing Field - Partial Strikes
IntroductionIn 2002, fire fighters in the United Kingdom went on strike, creating widespread fear and causing the armed forces to step into the breach to provide emergency service cover. In New Zealand, the announcement in 201 1 that 1,800 fire fighters...
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Revisiting Stokes Valley: Trial Periods and Statutory Interpretation
The introduction of up to 90 day trial periods for employees in 2009 and their extension from employers with fewer than 20 employees to cover all employers earlier this year has generated much debate.1 Those in favour of the change argued that 90 day...
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Returning Dignity to Labour: Workplace Safety as a Human Right
AbstractUniversal human rights are derived from respect for human life and the inherent dignity of the person. As signatory to all major United Nations' human rights instruments, New Zealand is a 'human rights State'. However, New Zealand workers experience...
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New Zealand and the Proposed Australian Model Workplace Health and Safety Act
IntroductionThis paper compares the scope and coverage of the proposed Australian Model Workplace Health and Safety Act (MWHS Act) with the New Zealand Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 (HSE Act). It contrasts broader coverage of "workers" and...
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An Evaluation of Whether New Zealand's Occupational Health and Safety Law Adequately Addresses the Risks to Workers Exposed to Nanotechnology and Nanoparticles
IntroductionNanotechnologies use processes to create novel materials and particles sized between one to 100 nanometers, although this metrology is not uncontested.1 Nanoparticles (NPs) have different physical, chemical and biological properties from...
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Hunting for Happy Feet in Honolulu: The Elusive Struggle for Pay Equity - A Comparative View
IntroductionThe National-led Government campaigned during the 2008 election campaign on closing the income gap with Australia.1 Shortly after being elected as Prime Minister, John Key stated:2I am horrified that the gap between our wages and those in...
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Time, Work, and Law: A New Zealand Perspective
AbstractNew Zealand is popularly perceived as a laid back place where individuals might choose to live to enjoy a slower paced life style. However, the reality is that New Zealanders work some of the longest days and the most hours per annum in the OECD.In...
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Equality and Family Responsibilities: A Critical Evaluation of New Zealand Law
AbstractThe causes of women's persistent inequality in the workplace are complex but work-family conflict and gendered patterns of care-giving undoubtedly play a role. This paper describes existing New Zealand law designed to prevent discrimination against...
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Vol. 35, No. 3, 2010

Marking 90 Years of the ILO
In 2009, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) celebrated its 90th anniversary, against a backdrop of financial crisis and critical levels of unemployment around the world. The ILO is the world's oldest and only tripartite international agency,...
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ILO - Role of New Zealand Government: Reflections of a Former Minister of Labour
IntroductionThe occasion of the 90th anniversary of the founding of the ILO provided an opportunity to reflect on the relationship between the ILO and New Zealand.1 In this article I shall discuss one aspect of that relationship, namely, the relationship...
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Surfing History's Waves: On the Resilience of the International Labour Organisation as an International Institution
AbstractThis paper explores six factors which, when taken together, explain not only the survival of the ILO since its creation in 1919, but also its capacity to maintain relevance and legitimacy, despite often adverse circumstances in which it has operated....
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The Impact of MNEs and FDI on Aspects of Working Conditions as Contained in the ILO 1977 Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy
AbstractThis article reviews the literature on the impact of multinational enterprises (MNEs) and foreign direct investment (FDI) on employment and identifies the significance of this research, and where further research is required. It proposes that...
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Employment Standards in World Food Production - the Place of GLOBALGAP Supply Contracts and Indirect Legislation
AbstractThis paper evaluates two innovative systems which are encouraging higher employment standards amongst those engaged in the world's food production. They are through retailer led supply contracts, such as GLOBALGAP, and indirect regulation, such...
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The Land of Milk and Honey? the Contemporary Working Lives of Contingent Youth Labour
AbstractThe 90th anniversary of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in 2009 and its 'Decent Work' campaign presented an opportune time to investigate contingent youth labour and, more specifically, student migrants. Underpinning this investigation...
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The International Labour Organisation: A View from Within
Chance often plays an important part in one's life and it certainly did in mine. While I was working on a New Zealand Government sponsored project for the training of technical teachers at the Teacher Training College in Sri Lanka, I met a field expert...
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Unions and Union Membership in New Zealand: Annual Review for 2008
IntroductionThis report continues the series of annual surveys on trade union membership in New Zealand, which Victoria University of Wellington's Industrial Relations Centre (IRC) began in 1991, when the Employment Contracts Act (ECA) ended the practice...
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Chronicle: June 2010 - September 2010
June 2010The Dominion Post reported on the plight of around 200 meat workers at the AFFCO works in Wairoa. June did not start well for these meat workers as they were laid off following a stand-off with their employer following employer threats that...
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Vol. 35, No. 1, 2010

Editorial: Employment Relations Issues in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
The latest Ministry of Economic Development report, "SMEs in New Zealand: Structure and Dynamics", lists 474,415 small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)1 in New Zealand, representing 99 percent of the business population (Ministry of Economic Development,...
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Healthy Entrepreneurs for Healthy Businesses: An Exploratory Study of the Perception of Health and Well-Being by Entrepreneurs
AbstractWith this paper, we want to emphasise the importance of healthy entrepreneurs for sustainable business development. We contribute to the field of entrepreneurship and show how entrepreneurs assess their own health state. We contribute to the...
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Elder Care and Work-Life Balance: Exploring the Experiences of Female Small Business Owners
AbstractMany women seek self-employment as a way to better manage their work and family needs, particularly when they have children. However, the requirements of self-employment may compromise work-life balance in ways which are not always recognised....
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A Longitudinal and Dynamic Approach to Entrepreneurial Learning
AbstractThe paper analyses in depth qualitative case material, in the light of previous research and in the context of a dynamic, longitudinal approach. The analysis takes a longitudinal approach to a small number of case studies that have been tracked...
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Using the Human Capability Framework and Opinions of Dairy Farmers to Explore the Shortage of Dairy Assistants in the New Zealand Dairy Industry
AbstractThis article uses the Human Capability Framework (Department of Labour, 1999) to explore dairy farmers' perspectives on the failure to match labour capacity (supply of labour) and labour opportunities (demand for labour) in the New Zealand dairy...
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The Function of Social (and Human) Capital as Antecedents on Indigenous Entrepreneurs Networking
AbstractA possible knowledge gap in entrepreneurship literature became evident during a comparative qualitative study of two Indigenous groups of entrepreneurs; Australian Aboriginal and New Zealand-Aotearoa Maori entrepreneurs. When the relationship...
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Chronicle October, 2009 - January, 2010
October 2009The upcoming November election provided a platform for political parties to trumpet their employment policies. The Press reported an announcement by Minister of Labour Trevor Mallard that the Government planned to introduce requirements for...
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Vol. 34, No. 3, 2009

Managers' Attitudes to Teleworking
AbstractThis paper investigates managers' attitudes to and perceptions of teleworking. Despite many predictions that teleworking would become a significant mode of work, evidence suggests that the uptake of teleworking has been much less than might otherwise...
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Employee Opinion on Work-Family Benefits: Evidence from the U.S
AbstractWe examine employee views on employer assistance for employees' work-family issues and the effect on two measures of employee global attitude towards the employer: job satisfaction and employee attitude. We use data from the 2002 National Study...
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Employee Well-Being and Union Membership
AbstractUsing a random telephone survey of 645 New Zealand employees in unionised workplaces, we compare union members with non-members on four dimensions of employee well-being: felt work intensification in terms of work demands on time and role overload,...
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Grievance Processes: Research, Rhetoric and Directions for New Zealand
AbstractIndividual-level conflict is a central aspect of contemporary employment relations. The literature is somewhat fragmented, focusing on certain aspects of grievances and dominated by North American writing. The implications for New Zealand are...
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Secondary Boycotts and Ally Doctrine in the U.S. Law of Strikes
AbstractThe paper aims to schematically illustrate the legal genesis of the concept of secondary boycott in U.S. statutory law and its application in the relevant case law. For this purpose, a brief overview of the historical origin of the right to strike...
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Chronicle: June 2009 - September 2009
June 2009The impact of the recession and swine flu featured prominently in several media reports in June 2009.The advent of swine flu raised the issue of payment to healthy workers if a business was forced to close down. The Dominion Post highlighted...
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The 2010 Review of the New Zealand Personal Grievance System: Commentary
AbstractFollowing its election in 2008, the National-led government has moved to amend grievance laws. The arguments for and against such changes are well-rehearsed in terms of the values involved. What is missing, however, are empirical studies to substantiate...
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Vol. 34, No. 2, 2009

Editor's Foreword: Fifty Years of Psychological Contract Research - from the Touchy/Feely to the Concrete Personal Deal
My research career has been coloured by psychological contracts since being introduced to them in my first post university job as a Research Officer for the British Agricultural Training Board in 1977. The concept had not been readily accepted with one...
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Assessing the Contents of the Psychological Contracts: A Cross - Sectional Survey of the Academics at an Australian University
AbstractThis paper addresses the content of psychological contracts within academia and provides some empirical evidence from an Australian University. Using exploratory factor analysis of the data collected from the cross-sectional survey this research...
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How Unions Impact on the State of the Psychological Contract to Facilitate the Adoption of New Work Practices (NWP)
AbstractThis article draws together empirical research in the psychological contract, trust, unions and NWP literatures to draw conclusions on the way in which unions impact on NWP. It finds that strong unions that have a co-operative relationship with...
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How Does Psychological Contract Explain the Efficacy of Coaching?
AbstractThere is little in workplace coaching literature to explain its efficacy. Psychological contract is a construct which could explain it, but it is yet to be introduced to the body of knowledge. This paper examines the data collected from an exploratory...
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Managing Diversity: A Twenty-First Century Agenda
AbstractWorkplace and workforce diversity has become an important issue, partly because of a management literature which has become more aware of such concerns, and partly because of the contemporary international and domestic mobility of the labour...
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Flat Whites: How and Why People Work in Cafés
IntroductionThis research note reports on recent research examining people working in cafés in Auckland, with a view to exploring how and why people use cafés to facilitate work and their productivity. Cafés are recognised as an important component of...
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Research Note: Undertaking Cross-Cultural Research into Psychological Contracts
IntroductionThis research note provides a brief overview of recent literature on cross-cultural research into psychological contracts and identifies several opportunities for future research in this area. The discussion initially focuses upon empirical...
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Research Note: Retention Factors for New Zealand Graduate Customs Officers
AbstractThis case study explored what employment value proposition attributes could contribute to the retention of Customs officers who graduated from the New Zealand Customs Service Trainee Induction Programme between July 2005 and July 2008. The findings...
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Research Note: Popcorn, Pickets, and Brass-Bands: Young Workers' Organising in the Cinema Industry 2003-2006
AbstractSince the Employment Contracts Act in 1991, the New Zealand union movement has become significantly smaller and less powerful. The service and retail sectors, where many workers get their first jobs, often have no union tradition. How to organise...
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Chronicle: February 2009 - May 2009
February 2009It was reported in the Dominion Post that changes to the Employment Relations Act and in particular the Employment Relations (Probationary Periods) Amendment Act would come into force 1 March 2009. The Department of Labour's Deputy Secretary,...
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Vol. 34, No. 1, 2009

NZJER Special Issue: Human Capability
EditorialThe genesis of this special issue lies in the conclusion of the editors' FoRST funded research 'Developing human capability: employment institutions, organisations and individuals', and in the tenth anniversary of the 'human capability framework'...
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The 'Capability' Concept and the Evolution of European Social Policy
AbstractAmartya Sen's capability approach has the potential to counter neoliberal critiques of social welfare systems by overcoming the false opposition between security and flexibility. In particular, it can be used to promote the idea of social rights...
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The Capability Approach and the Legal Regulation of Employment: A Comment on Deakin
IntroductionSen's capability concept has become increasingly influential and has been applied in a variety of contexts that have extended its utilisation well beyond the original formulation in the context of economic development. It is clearly a versatile...
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The Human Capability Framework Ten Years On
IntroductionTen years ago, in October 1999, the Department of Labour published a paper, "Human Capability: a Framework for Analysis". Setting out to explain the labour market and its implications for public policy, the Human Capability Framework (the...
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Providing a Theoretical Foundation for Work-Life Balance - Sen's Capability Approach
AbstractAfter reviewing and summarising critical accounts of the Work-Life Balance (WLB) in two special issues in academic journals in 2007, the paper turns to Amartya Sen's capability approach and feminist economics to address shortcomings and gaps...
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A Workplace View of Drivers and Barriers to Developing Human Capability
AbstractThis paper reports recent research in New Zealand workplaces investigating institutional, organisational and individual influences on the development of human capability. The concept of human capability is used as a counterbalance to the organisationally...
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Lessons Learned from the Long Term Application of a Monitoring and Evaluation Process Based on the Capability Approach
AbstractThis paper evaluates the utility of the Capabilities Approach (CA) to empower communities and to guide development appraisal mechanisms. Volunteer Services Abroad (VSA) is a New Zealand non-governmental organisation (NGO) working in the area...
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Chronicle: October, 2008 - January 2009
October 2008The upcoming November election provided a platform for political parties to trumpet their employment policies. The Press reported an announcement by Minister of Labour Trevor Mallard that the Government planned to introduce requirements for...
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Vol. 32, No. 3, 2008

Pay Equity and Equal Employment Opportunity: Development between 2004 - 2007 and Evaluation
AbstractMy 2004 LEW paper (Hyman, 2006) argued that given the plethora of studies and reports in this area in New Zealand and overseas, the most urgent priority was practical development and piloting of means of implementation of pay and employment equity....
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Industry Training Organisations in Changing Times: New Research Possibilities
AbstractThe tertiary education reforms have placed considerable pressure on Industry Training Organisations (ITOs), which are now required to assume "new roles as strategic leaders in skills and training needs for the industries under their coverage"...
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Unions and Union Membership in New Zealand: Annual Review for 2006
IntroductionThis paper continues the series of annual surveys by the Industrial Relations Centre (IRC) on trade union membership in New Zealand, which began in 1991 when the Employment Contracts Act (ECA) ended the practice of union registration and...
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The Changing Role of Minimum Wage in New Zealand
AbstractThis article provides a descriptive portrait of the changing characteristics of workers in New Zealand earning at or below the minimum wage in the last decade. With substantial increases made to both the adult and youth minimum wage over the...
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Public Sector Pay Premium and Compensating Differentials in the New Zealand Labour Market
Key Words: compensating differentials, propensity score matching, public sectorAbstractIn this article, propensity score matching (PSM) methods are applied to data from the 2005 International Social Survey Program Work Orientations (ISSP-WO) survey to...
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Revisiting the Job Guarantee: Ten Propositions towards a Model for New Zealand
AbstractThis policy commentary complements the research report on Transition Assistance for Young People, released by the New Zealand Mayors' Taskforce for Jobs. It provides a snapshot at the international evidence concerned with job guarantee and welfare-to-work...
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Vol. 33, No. 3, 2008

Pay Equity and Equal Employment Opportunity in New Zealand: Developments 2006/2008 and Evaluation
AbstractThis paper is the third in a series of papers updating developments relating to pay equity and EEO and evaluating their impact. As with the previous papers, it focuses primarily on gender, but also discusses the overall situation and touches...
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The Effect of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECE) Costs on the Labour Force Participation of Parents in New Zealand
AbstractNew Zealand suffers from labour and skill shortage, has a record low official unemployment rate, one of the highest figures of working hours per capita per annum and at the same time one of the lowest labour force participation rates of women...
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The Role of the State in Family-Friendly Policy: An Analysis of Labour-Led Government Policy
AbstractSince 1999, the Labour-led governments have introduced several public policy initiatives to encourage women into the paid workforce. However, this article argues that the changes have not gone far enough, and they require families to fit around...
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A Contested Workplace: Situating New Zealand's OHSM Regulatory Practice within the Literature - an Introduction to the Policy History and Regulatory Debates
AbstractThe implementation of New Zealand's Occupational Health and Safety Management (OHSM) regulatory regime has been subjected to sustained critique by the National Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Committee (NOHSAC). The most recent critique...
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I Love You - Goodbye: Exit Interviews and Turnover in the New Zealand Hotel Industry
AbstractGiven the very tight labour market, skill shortages and staff retention have become major issues in the hotel industry. Furthermore, voluntary turnover incurs considerable expense as it is a labour intense service industry. This paper presents...
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Chronicle: June, 2008 - September, 2008
June 2008The Sunday Star Times featured an article which claimed that thousands of casual workers will get a better deal, including improved access to benefits such as sick and bereavement leave, under proposed changes to the Employment Relations Act....
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A Research Note: Employee-Focused Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting in the Banking Industry
AbstractThis research note explores the extent of publicised employee-focused corporate social responsibility ("CSR") initiatives in the banking sector. It assesses a number of New Zealand/Australian ("NZ/AUS") and European banks by comparing their current...
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Vol. 32, No. 2, 2007

Performance Management in Higher Education - Development versus Control
AbstractSince the late 1980s higher education in Australia has been the focus of major restructure and reform in a search for greater efficiency, effectiveness and accountability. A key component has been performance management of academic staff with...
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University Academics' Psychological Contracts in Australia and New Zealand
AbstractThis paper reviews Australasian academics' psychological contracts and how they are changing. While research has demonstrated that psychological contracts have considerable impact upon workplace relations and employee performance, research into...
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Academic Life: Commodification, Continuity, Collegiality, Confusion and the Performance Based Research Fund
AbstractDuncan (2007) (after Lyotard, 1984) suggests the Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF) will intensify and commodify academic work in New Zealand. He -no doubt unintentionally- provides a semiotic inflection of what Burawoy (1979) explored as...
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Attitudes towards Workplace Change in the Australian Higher Education Sector: A Tale of Divergence and a Case for Reform
AbstractThis paper reports on the findings of a survey that explored staff perceptions of change management in Australian universities with a view to gauging the effectiveness of workplace change provisions in Higher Education enterprise agreements....
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From IR to HRM: Thank God for AACSB!
AbstractEfforts to achieve accreditation with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) by the Faculty of Business at UTS began in 2001 and corresponded with an increased pressure upon academics in the industrial relations (IR)...
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Chronicle
February 2007The working year started with the continuation of a number of unresolved employment relations issues from 2006.The Air New Zealand plan to outsource engineering services to the Spanish owned company Swissport continued to receive extensive...
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Vol. 32, No. 1, 2007

Chronicle
October 2006Collective bargaining and industrial conflict in the health sector again dominated the media reports of employment relations (see September Chronicle). Food and service workers employed by New Zealand's 21 district health boards were campaigning...
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Turnover and Retention in a Tight Labour Market: Reflecting on New Zealand Research
AbstractIn recent years, New Zealand has experienced a dramatic drop in unemployment and the overall unemployment rate is amongst the lowest in the OECD. The resultant tight labour market has made skills shortages, staff turnover and retention the topic...
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Earnings Heterogeneity and Job Matching - Evidence from Linked Employer-Employee Data
AbstractThis article uses data from Statistics New Zealand's Linked Employer-Employee Data (LEED) over the six year period April 1999-March 2005 in order to derive and analyse estimates of two-way worker and firm fixed effects components of job earnings...
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Is There a Link between Workplace Health and Safety and Firm Performance and Productivity?
AbstractResearch on the connection between occupational health and safety (OHS) and increasing employee productivity and performance has become topical as a result of increased interest in ways to improve 'performance' in the workplace. Occupational...
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The Gap between Immigration and Employment: A Policy-Capturing Analysis of Ethnicity-Driven Selection Biases
AbstractResearch over the past two decades has identified the impact of job irrelevant variables on selection decisions. Many of these variables reflect stereotypes associated with ethnicity, age or other factors. This study uses a short-listing simulation...
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Exploring the Congruence between Job Perception and Job Reality in the Cosmetic Sales Industry
AbstractThis research examines the relationship between job satisfaction, recruitment processes and organisational culture in a work environment in the cosmetic retail industry which is characterized by a high rate of voluntary turnover among its employees....
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Research Note: The Impact of Good Faith Principles on Communication Issues in Collective Bargaining
AbstractDuring the recent dispute between distribution workers and Progressive Enterprises Ltd (a subsidiary of Woolworths Australia Ltd), pay offers were communicated directly to locked out employees, despite their union representation. These actions...
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Through the Outdoor: Drivers of Training Supported by New Zealand Organisations
AbstractFactors affecting employer support for internal, external and industry training are assessed using data from the Business New Zealand Skills and Training Survey 2003. Explanatory factors considered in this analysis are the size, location and...
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Vol. 31, No. 2, June

Putting Regulation Theory to Work in Industrial Relations
AbstractThe main theme of the paper is that regulation theory is a valuable methodology for extending insights gained from studies in industrial relations to a richer understanding of complex societal change. The utility of the regulation approach is...
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A Critique of Probationary Employment Periods
AbstractIn November, 2006, a private member's bill to introduce a 90 day probationary employment period, which would have allowed employers to dismiss employees for any or no reason and without having to follow a disciplinary procedure, was defeated....
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Not a Typical Union but a Union All the Same: New Unions under the Employment Relations Act 2000
AbstractThis paper reports on a small exploratory study of factors significant to the formation, and rapid proliferation of new predominantly workplace-based unions, or New Unions, under the Employment Relations Act 2000. Specifically, it examines the...
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Minimum Wages in the Asia Pacific Region
AbstractModern minimum wage systems have operated for more than a century. Some Pacific countries were among the pioneers in establishing minimum wages. Minimum wage systems are used to achieve many aims, some of which conflict. These aims include promoting...
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Somali Women's Experiences in Paid Employment in New Zealand
AbstractThere is growing international interest in the employment issues encountered by refugee and migrant workers. Within the New Zealand context, Somali women migrants experience one of the highest rates of unemployment, yet some are employed. In...
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Chronicle
February 2006During February, a number of media reports highlighted the issue of low paying jobs and sectors. This included a Bill to abolish youth pay rates - 'the Minimum Wage (Abolition of Age Discrimination) Amendment Bill' - promoted by the Green...
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Exploring Work Intensification in Teaching: A Research Agenda
AbstractThis paper looks at work intensification in the Australian public education sector, an industry sector where the intensification of work has not been fully investigated. Beginning with a review of the literature on work intensification in general,...
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