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'
Recognised in The Asialaw Profiles Directory 2020.
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Insights & Opinion / Employment

COVID-19: Anarchy does not rule, OK?!
Employment Issues and COVID-19 – Updated 1 April 2020
01.04.2020 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19 & Employment Law
COVID-19: Employment Issues -Updated 24 March 2020
The COVID-19 situation is rapidly evolving, and employers need to be continually assessing and reassessing their response. This article is being updated regularly: the last update was 24 March 2020. L...
17.03.2020 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19 & Employment Law
Workplace bullying: what it is and what steps to take
Kiwis have a reputation as being friendly, optimistic people, however many of our workplaces have an unspoken dark side: New Zealand has the second-worst rate of workplace bullying in the developed wo...
20.02.2020 Posted in Employment Law
Do you really need a Fixed Term Agreement? Really really?
Most of us (and especially lawyers) like certainty.  Experience tells us however that there is nothing as uncertain as a sure thing.  Frequently, we speak to employers that are tempted to use fixed ...
28.11.2019 Posted in Employment Law
Who is working when? Public holidays and ‘otherwise working days’
With Labour Day just around the corner, and Christmas/New Year looming, we are getting a few questions about the “otherwise working day”.
24.10.2019 Posted in Employment Law
Ending Employment – Process is Key!
Even when employment has lasted for a very short time, an employer is still required to follow the law, and the consequences of failing to comply can end up being very significant.  So it was for a C...
26.09.2019 Posted in Employment Law
Court of Appeal considers the law on notice during a Trial Period… are we all clear now?
In Ioan v Scott Technology NZ Limited, the Employment Court looked at the requirement to give notice during a trial period termination under the Employment Relations Act 2000 (Act). Mr Ioan’s employ...
04.09.2019 Posted in Employment Law
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