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; unjustifiedr 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 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 band 3 the latest Legal500 Asia Pacific Directory 2020
Partner Jim Roberts, individually ranked in Asia Pacific Chambers 2020 legal directory
Partner Alison Maelzer, individually recognised in The Asia Pacifc Chambers 2020 legal directory as 'Up and coming'
Senior Associate Jodi Sharman, individually recognised in The Asia Pacific Chambers 2020 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

Privacy Act 2020: new obligations to report privacy breaches
The Privacy Act 2020 creates a new requirement to report serious privacy breaches, as from 1 December 2020. 
25.09.2020 Posted in Business Advice & Employment Law & Regulatory
COVID-19: Who Takes the Pay Hit When There is Little or No Work During Lockdown?
The COVID-19 situation is a rapidly changing beast. 
18.08.2020 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19 & Employment Law
COVID-19 Redundancies: Cutting Corners Courts Censure
The Employment Relations Authority (Authority) has recently issued a determination that considers redundancies implemented due to the Government’s COVID-19 restrictions:  De Wys and Jenney v Solly...
13.08.2020 Posted in COVID-19 & Employment Law
Cancelled Plans and Future Liabilities: A post lockdown annual holidays FAQ
COVID-19 has not only hit many employers hard in terms of economic impact, it has also confronted employers with many employment challenges that require urgent attention.
04.08.2020 Posted in Business Advice & Employment Law
The new Privacy Act: What will this mean for your Business?
The long awaited reform to New Zealand privacy law is currently making its way through the final stages in Parliament, and is expected to become law on 1 November 2020. The Privacy Bill (which when en...
25.05.2020 Posted in Business Advice & Employment Law
COVID-19 – Contact Tracing – Health and Safety and Privacy.  Think! and save us all.
As we slowly venture out into the world, we have noticed some businesses have adopted questionable contact tracing practices.  Businesses need to Think! about the competing obligations they are opera...
19.05.2020 Posted in COVID-19 & Employment Law
Contractor or Employee? The decision in Leota v Parcel Express Limited
The legal distinction between contractors and employees can sometimes be a fine one. Being an employee, rather than a contractor, is generally (and in most cases) advantageous to the worker as it prov...
12.05.2020 Posted in Business Advice & Employment Law
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