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

Supreme Court Confirms Commissions Within Weekly Holiday Pay
The Supreme Court has upheld the Court of Appeal’s decision (although for different reasons) in A Labour Inspector of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment v Tourism Holdings Limited w...
21.12.2021 Posted in Business Advice & Employment
Hesketh Henry ranked in the latest Asia-Pacific Chambers Legal Directory 2022
Henry has received the following recommendations and commentary in the high-profile Asia-Pacific Chambers Legal Directory for 2022
Are you ready for the new Covid-19 Protection Framework?
Parliament has been racing through COVID-19 legislation in preparation for New Zealand entering the COVID-19 Protection Framework (CPF) at midnight tonight, Thursday 2 December.   Employers operating...
02.12.2021 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19 & Employment & Health & Safety
Covid-19 Risk Assessment – Vaccines only part of the solution
Vaccine mandates have been the “hot topic” in the news recently.  However, it has become clear that vaccines are not a silver bullet and relying on vaccination alone to address the risk of Covid-...
01.12.2021 Posted in COVID-19 & Employment & Health & Safety
COVID-19 Protection Framework: Vaccination Certificates and Simplified Risk Assessment on its way
For some employers, Covid-19 vaccine certificates (CVCs) are required in order to operate within the Covid-19 Protection Framework (the Traffic Light System).  The scope of this requirement is slated...
23.11.2021 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19 & Employment & Health & Safety
Health check on solvency position:  time to conduct an annual review and plan for the future
As 2021 draws to a conclusion and businesses begin to consider what operations will look like in the new year, it will be necessary to reflect on the impact of Covid-19 and prepare for life under the ...
How to Gauge the Minimum Wage: Sandhu v Gate Gourmet
Court of Appeal Overturns Employment Court’s Decision in Sandhu v Gate Gourmet
16.11.2021 Posted in Business Advice
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