Expertise

Employment

Overview
Get the level of input you need for peace of mind with employment law

The Hesketh Henry advantage stems from client accessibility to our senior employment lawyers. The level of involvement increases with the complexity of each challenge, however even straightforward employment relations matters benefit from supervision at a senior level.

In the employment law arena we’re known for our responsiveness and practicality. Providing timely, effective solutions that are appropriate for each client’s culture and situation sits at the heart of our service philosophy. The best and most cost-effective results are achieved when clients involve us at an early stage of a project or issue. We act on more than 200 matters for more than 100 clients every year.

We can assist with all employment relationship problems concerned with employer and employee rights, personal grievances, disputes and litigation. Our workplace lawyers are ready to help with collective bargaining and union issues; unjustified dismissal; redundancy; bullying, harassment and discrimination claims; and disciplinary and performance management processes.

Expert input from our employment law team helps simplify client compliance with employment law requirements including the Employment Relations Act 2000, the Holidays Act 2003, and other minimum code legislation. We’re also equipped to provide legal representation for Health and Safety at work, including compliance and defending prosecutions. We regularly represent clients at mediation, in the Employment Relations Authority and in the Employment Court.

In times of change you can call on our services for restructuring and redundancies and all other employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions. We are adept at drafting, developing and implementing employment agreements, policies and procedures.

 

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Examples

Examples of work completed by our team include:

Key Contacts
Recommendations
Employment Team ranked Tier 2 the latest Legal500 Asia Pacific Directory 2021
Hesketh Henry's Employment Team ranked in Band 3 in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021 Directory.
Partner Jim Roberts, individually ranked in Asia Pacific Chambers 2021 legal directory.
Partner Alison Maelzer, individually recognised in The Asia Pacifc Chambers 2021 legal directory.
Senior Associate Jodi Sharman, individually recognised in The Asia Pacific Chambers 2021 legal directory as an 'Associate to watch'
Partner Jim Roberts, individually recognised in the Asialaw Profile Directory 2021 as 'Distinguished Practitioner'.
Partner Alison Maelzer, individually recognised in the Asialaw Profile Directory 2021 as 'Rising Star'.
Senior Associate Sam Houliston, individually recognised in the Asialaw Profile Directory 2021 as 'Rising Star'.
Recognised in The Asialaw Profiles Directory 2021.
Publications
Events

Insights & Opinion / Employment

Update – August/September 2021 Lockdown – what financial support is available?
The Government is offering various support schemes to help employees and businesses cope with the 2021 COVID-19 Lockdown.  Given the differing eligibility requirements it is easy to become overwhelmed.
07.10.2021 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19 & Employment
Alert Level 3; Hi-ho, hi-ho, back to work we go?
In Auckland, we’re excited to be moving to Alert Level 3, if only so we can take a break from cooking every single meal! 
21.09.2021 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19 & Employment
Employment Relations Authority Finds Dismissal of Unvaccinated Border Worker to be Justified
On 1 September 2021, The Employment Relations Authority (Authority) determined in GF v New Zealand Customs Service [2021] NZERA 382, that the New Zealand Customs Service (Customs) was justified in its...
10.09.2021 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19 & Employment
Supreme Court asserts Employment Relations Authority exclusive jurisdiction
The Supreme Court has recently issued a significant judgment clarifying that the Employment Relations Authority (Authority) has exclusive jurisdiction over claims arising in a “work context”. In d...
09.09.2021 Posted in Business Advice & Employment
Increase in Sick Leave Entitlement
From Saturday 24 July 2021, the minimum entitlement to sick leave increases from 5 to 10 days in each entitlement year.
23.07.2021 Posted in Business Advice & Employment
Construction Contractor Controversy: Guidance on the Status of Contractors
Workers in the construction industry are frequently engaged as independent contractors.
18.06.2021 Posted in Business Advice & Construction & Employment
What happens if my employee refuses to get the COVID-19 vaccination?
While there are enough COVID-19 vaccinations to inoculate each New Zealander, it has been reported that some ‘frontline’ workers have refused to get vaccinated, or have failed to attend vaccinatio...
14.04.2021 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19 & Employment
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