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
Hesketh Henry's Employment Team ranked in Band 3 in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2022 Directory.
Partner Jim Roberts, individually ranked in Asia Pacific Chambers 2022 legal directory.
Partner Alison Maelzer, individually recognised in The Asia Pacifc Chambers 2022 legal directory.
Senior Associate Jodi Sharman, individually recognised in The Asia Pacific Chambers 2022 legal directory as an 'Associate to watch'
Employment Team ranked Tier 2 the latest Legal500 Asia Pacific Directory 2022
Partner Jim Roberts, individually recognised as a 'Leading Individual' in The Legal500 Asia Pacific 2022 legal directory.
Partner Alison Maelzer, individually recognised as a 'Recommended Lawyer' in The Legal500 Asia Pacific 2022 legal directory.
Partner, Jodi Sharman individually recognised in The Legal500 Asia Pacific 2022 directory.
Senior Associate, Sam Houliston individually recognised in The Legal500 Asia Pacific 2022 directory.
Publications
Events

Insights & Opinion / Employment

Employment Court Deems Gloriavale Residents Employees
The definition of “employee” in the Employment Relations Act 2000 (ERA) can at times be tricky to navigate; recent cases involving builders, couriers, and uber drivers can attest to the issues tha...
18.05.2022 Posted in Employment
Matariki and Fair Pay Agreements
Matariki Te Pire mō te Hararei Tūmatanui o te Kāhui o Matariki (Te Kāhui o Matariki Public Holiday Bill) received Royal Assent yesterday, and the new Act comes into force today – 12 April 20...
12.04.2022 Posted in Employment
Business hibernation: the impact on employment obligations
By business hibernation we mean the temporary, self-enforced, suspension of a business.
29.03.2022 Posted in Employment
Fair Pay Agreement System: Implications for Employees and Employers
In May 2021, the Government announced the introduction of a new Fair Pay Agreement system.
15.03.2022 Posted in Employment
Police and Defence Force Vaccination Mandate overturned – is this a big deal or not?
On 25 February 2022, the High Court upheld a challenge to the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Specified Work Vaccinations) Order 2021 (“the mandate”).   What was the outcome of this case?  The ...
08.03.2022 Posted in COVID-19 & Employment
If they work like employees, and look like employees, they must be employees, right?
In light of the current Gloriavale litigation in the Employment Court, in which a number of former Gloriavale residents allege that they were employees rather than volunteers, it is interesting to con...
23.02.2022 Posted in Employment
New booster requirement introduced for some workers
On 23 January 2022, the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Amendment Order 2022 (the 2022 Amendment Order) came into force.  This amends the previous COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vacc...
24.01.2022 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19 & Employment
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