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Employment relations

Our employment lawyers are recognised by Legal 500 as leading experts in risk minimisation, compliance, dispute resolution and litigation, and strategic industrial advice.

Employment relations specialists

Our lawyers have proven experience across the full spectrum of employment relations, including:

  • contractual issues
  • remuneration, benefits and executive issues
  • merger and acquisition activities, sale and transfer of business
  • workplace investigations, grievances and disputes
  • strategies for managing collective employee and union relations in established operations and Greenfield projects
  • developing and implementing workplace change programs
  • resolving labour and union disputes

Employment agreements

Through drafting and reviewing your employment agreements, we can ensure your business complies with employment legislation. We specialise in tightly drafted confidential information provisions and restraints of trade.

Holidays Act

Our team can provide expert advice on your employees’ annual holiday entitlements and payments, public holidays, alternative holidays, and sick and bereavement leave. As specialists in the Holidays Act, we can recommend pragmatic ways of dealing with any contingent liability arising from incorrectly paid holiday entitlements.

Preventing costly disputes

Effective management of employment relations issues can prevent them escalating into major disputes. In essential services in particular, strikes and lockouts can have wide ranging impacts on your business. We are well equipped to help you to respond proactively and quickly to any industrial dispute.

Negotiation and mediation

Our team has experience in negotiating agreements and mediation at Employment Authority and Court hearings, specific to collective bargaining issues. We can also guide you through the requirements of good faith and the Code of Good Faith in the Public Health Sector.

Keeping up with current employment law

Our lawyers can design and provide tailored training on current employment issues and legislative changes, as well as expert advice on privacy and discrimination issues. Our advice often encompasses not only legal considerations but also the wider commercial and political context.

We are experts in all aspects of New Zealand employment law, including the following principle statutes:

  • Employment Relations Act
  • Holidays Act
  • Privacy Act
  • Human rights legislation.

Recent experience

A multinational company servicing the telecommunications industry.

We represented a multinational company servicing the telecommunications industry using an independent contractor model in a complaint to the Ministry of Economic Development (MED) by the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union (EPMU), which claimed the model breached the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

The MED accepted our submissions and found that the issue did not warrant further investigation. This was an important case for our client, due to the potential adverse publicity, it involved complex International Labour Organisation issues, including alleged human rights breaches and discrimination.

Auckland District Health Board (ADHB)

Following a number of serious complaints about a senior doctor's handling of patients, we advised ADHB on internal disciplinary action and a referral to the Medical Council. Advice was also provided in a dispute about ADHB’s involvement in the process, and in proceedings before the Employment Relations Authority and the Medical Council’s Disciplinary Committee.

A number of complex issues arose from ADHB taking its own action and we assisted ADHB to navigate those jurisdictional issues and achieve an outcome which saw the doctor retained, but in a different role.


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