Update from Debbie Chin
The earthquake on Tuesday 22 February shocked and saddened our Standards Council members and everyone at Standards New Zealand. Our thoughts, prayers, and condolences go to everyone who has been affected by the devastation caused by what we have been told was a 'one in 2,500 years' event.
I also want to pass on the messages of support and sympathy we have received from the national, regional, and international Standards communities – the many heartfelt thoughts I have received have been extended to all New Zealanders who have lost loved ones, who were injured, and to those who are contending with extremely difficult living and working conditions.
We want to do what we can to help our many Cantabrian members, committee members, nominating organisations, subscribers, and customers whose businesses have been affected as your community begins to recover and rebuild.
Here are the ways we can assist you:
If there are other ways we can assist, do please let us know by emailing email@example.com
Standards New Zealand
Canterbury recovery – information from the Department of Labour
- Have you got questions about the safety of your workplace?
- Have you got questions about your pay and employment?
- Not sure about responsibilities as an employer, building owner?
- Wondering how to work with staff in difficult times?
The Department of Labour is operational and has staff ready to help. Visit the Department of Labour website www.dol.govt.nz/quake or phone 0800 20 90 20 (let them know you are from Canterbury).
After the earthquake – Department of Labour advice
The Department of Labour's advice is designed to help businesses and their employees make good, safe, sensible, and practical decisions in this difficult time and covers:
- Managing Health and Safety in the workplace
- Payment of wages
- Leave for employees
- Flexible working arrangements and terminating employment
- Problem solving support
For information onhealth and safety and employment relations issues that employers and employees may be considering in the wake of the Christchurch earthquake, visit www.dol.govt.nz/quake or phone 0800 20 90 20 (let them know you are from Canterbury).