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Fire at will - EMA says send in your 90-day happy stories

The Employers and Manufacturers Association (Northern) has fired a return volley in the propaganda war with the left over the controversial 90-day probation law.

The EMA has asked employers from small businesses to email the association with their success stories as part of its battle against scare mongering over the law.

Opponents dubbed it the “fire at will bill” when it was going through parliament, and claimed it stripped employees of their rights.

The Council of Trade Unions is also planning to “name and shame” employers that “exploit” workers using the new law.

"A lot of positive things could come out of the trial employment law but small businesses usually just get on with running their businesses and don't shout about their good news, says David Lowe, Employment Services Manager for EMA.

"But we want to hear about it. By sending in positive stories to the newjobchance@ema.co.nz email address more facts will come to light about how the law can work well for both employees and employers."

He says since the law came in all we’ve heard so far is that “the sky is about to fall in” without any evidence to back it up.

"But employers know the trial employment law will provide chances for some people to get a job they otherwise wouldn't get.

"Trial employment periods are standard employment practice around the world including Australia and the UK.

"Newjobchance@ema.co.nz gives a place for employers and staff to share good news."

 

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Most people with some common sense will know that the scaremongering from the unions and Labour is just that - as they try and justify their own existance.

Thank God for elections and that Labour are history and now have Goof in charge!

Let's just hope then UN sends Clarke to the front line of Afghanistan with a NZ music month t-shirt - hopefully she'll take Cullen and all her failed cronies with her!

And remember Clarke, if you're reading this - Buy NZ made - so support NZ music month!

Goodbye and good riddence!

The workers or the failed Labour Party

We need some more good news, and this effort by EMA may produce some. In my time as an employer, I learnt how tricky it was selecting the right person, knowing the difficulty of moving them on if they turned out to be the wrong choice.So you dont take any chances, but sometimes settle for safety over potential excellence.