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March 2013

Special Edition: What’s in Store for 2013? A great deal, is the short answer. Ahead of delegates training and the year really getting underway, we thought a catch up on what has and is going on might be in order. Much of what is on the go is related as our government and its various […]

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February 2013

Welcome to 2013 and already we are in the thick of it. What with the MECA coming up for negotiation later in the year and from the message we are receiving from the powers-that-be there would seem to be no sign of things letting up. To find out what the DHBs have been up carry […]

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December 2012

Public or Private? Facebook & your employment The advent of Facebook has revolutionised social interaction in the 21st century. It allows us to keep up with friends and family and maintain close and long-distance relationships with them. At the stroke of a key and click of a mouse we can view photos of milestones such […]

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October 2012

Parental Leave: your entitlements and how to get them Continuing in our series of articles regarding the changes to the MECA, there have been some changes to the parental leave provision. Below is a brief summary to provide further clarification around your rights. Clause 23 of the MECA sets out the parental leave entitlement that […]

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August 2012

Medical Education & Conference Leave The new MECA has a few changes to these clauses, so we thought an update on your entitlements and how it works was in order. First remember that the MECA is a minimum rate document; these provisions form the safety net if you like, below which you cannot fall. DHBs […]

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JULY 2012

DO NO HARM: Implications for industrial action? The National Ethics Advisory Committee (NEAC) is set up to provide advice to the Minister of Health on ethical issues of national significance in respect of any health and disability matters. It also determines ethical standards across the health and disability sector. It has begun a review on […]

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May 2012

The LEGS issue One of the outcomes from the settlement of the 28 March 2011 – 31 March 2012 MECA was the set-up of LEGs or Local Engagement Groups. The purpose of the LEGs was to improve engagement between RMOs and DHBs and address issues that may have arisen. As we are in the midst […]

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MARCH 2012

Drug & alcohol testing in our workplaces A solution looking for a problem? There has been some controversy and debate over the years about drug testing in the workplace. It is an issue where an employer’s duty to provide a safe workplace conflicts with an employee’s right to privacy; striking a balance between the two […]

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FEBRUARY 2012

Welcome to the RDA News Welcome to the RDA News – not a fancy title but one that says it all! Effective communication with resident doctors is imperative if we are to do our job as well as we should; this newsletter is part of a revised communication plan we have introduced this year to […]