High school blues lead to two salient ERA cases
Employees have a legal duty to act in the best interests of their employer and avoid potential conflicts of interest. One example of a possible conflict of interest may be where an employee also has secondary employment with a direct competitor at the same time. Employment disputes can arise where an employee has secondary employment or benefits from contract services provided to their employer.
In a recent interview with Dita de Boni (see the link at the bottom of this insight), Senior journalist at the National Business Review, Young Hunter Lawyers’ Senior Associate Gerard Elwell discusses the case of a school teacher who was employed by Pukekohe High School and also charged the school for IT services. The teacher’s employment was subsequently terminated and he raised a personal grievance.
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