602 days ago

Happiness is...

Hilton Brown Swimming Hobsonville

Swimming in the water with your loved ones! It's such a lovely sight to see our infant classes in action and both little ones and caregivers having a great time together in the water. We run infant classes at all seven of our locations from 3 months to 3 years of age and each child has an adult in the water with them. Water activity is proven to help with cognitive and motor skills development and it’s also a great way to build the bond between child and caregiver.
If you are keen to come along with your little ones to lessons, either give us a call on 09 666 0240 or pop in to visit us at 5 Rawiri Place, Hobsonville - we'd love to meet you!
The team @ Hilton Brown Swimming

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More messages from your neighbours
1 day ago

Tell us about the coronavirus lockdown champions in your community

The Team Reporter from Stuff

Hey neighbours,

We want to celebrate the unsung heroes who are keeping our country going through lockdown.

Frontline nurse Debra Larsen's life has turned into a "real whirlwind" since the coronavirus outbreak began.

She's been so busy setting up testing centres around the Waikato. and helping them run smoothly that she's barely seen her two teenage daughters.

Do you know a coronavirus lockdown champion who deserves to be recognised? Tell us about them in the comments below.

To read more about Debra's life on the frontline, click here.

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1 day ago

Poll: Should your rates be frozen because of Covid-19?

Todd Niall Reporter from Auckland Stuff

Hi Neighbours, It's a tough one for many, the prospect of rates rising 3.5 per cent, in these uncertain times. It is easy to say "Freeze!" but that's not as simple as it sounds. What do you think? Read the story here: www.stuff.co.nz...

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Should your rates be frozen because of Covid-19?
  • 6.7% Rates should rise 3.5 pc but with easy help for those in need
    6.7% Complete
  • 84% Rates should be frozen for all ratepayers
    84% Complete
  • 9.3% Rates should rise, but by less that 3.5 pc, with help for those who need it
    9.3% Complete
1349 votes
5 hours ago

Unjustified Dismissal and Covid 19

Ronald from Maxron Associates

I had a call the other day from an upset employee. He told me he had been dismissed by his employer using the 90-day trial period available to smaller employers. They are a small company and at time of his dismissal employed five people, so now they are down to four.
When he sent me his letter of dismissal it told him they had monitored his performance over the last couple of weeks and found it not to be up to the standard they would want, so he was dismissed per the 90-day trial clause. It also told him they had partly made the decision as a result of loss of work and revenue due to Covid 19. He was told as he was their highest paid employee this was also a factor.
When I was provided with his IEA it unfortunately makes no mention of a 90-day trail. We are all aware or should be that the 90 trial must be in writing. So, the employer in this case can’t rely on the trial period as an avenue for dismissal.
In addition, a search of the list of employers who have claimed the Covid wage subsidy show that this employer had claimed for all five full time employees sometime after he had been dismissed. Either this was an error or just plain fraud, by claiming for five employees when they only had four.
In brief then not only do they find themselves on the wrong side of an unjustified dismissal claim. They have left themselves open to scrutiny from the Govt re the wage’s subsidy scheme. It clearly states that the subsidy is for 12 weeks and they expect that the employer retains the people it claimed for, for that period.
Why do some employers insist on trying to flout the system is it genuine ignorance, or are they just trying to give it a go?
Take advice people, speak to your accountant about the best way to do this financially. Speak to an ER specialist, talk to the EMA or check the Covid website at www.covid19.govt.nz... but don’t just fly solo.