Special Counsel

Alison Maelzer

LLB / BA
Profile
Alison Maelzer provides advice in all aspects of employment law (both contentious and non-contentious), with a particular interest in health and safety, disciplinary and performance issues.

Alison was admitted to the Bar in 2001, and since that time has practised exclusively in the employment jurisdiction.  Her background includes large firm and in-house local government experience

She regularly represents clients at Mediation, and in the Employment Relations Authority, and has appeared in the Employment Court.

Alison prides herself on providing pragmatic, business-focussed advice with a view to minimising cost and time for the client. She ensures that advice is practical, solutions-based and delivered in plain English.

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Experience

Examples of work completed by Alison include:

  • Assisting a large employer with a redundancy process affecting over 100 employees.
  • Advising an international company with regard to bullying and harassment complaints made by an employee against senior management.
  • Assisting a large company with its health and safety investigation into a work-related fatality.
  • Representing an employer in the managed exit of a senior executive.
  • Reviewing discrimination, bullying and harassment policy for a large employer, and providing training to its employees.
  • Representing an interested Union in a coroner’s request into the sudden death of one of its members.
  • Providing advice to employers and unions regarding Drug and Alcohol testing and implementation of policies.
Recommendations
Individually recognised as a 'Recommended Lawer' in The Legal500 Asia Pacific 2018 directory.
Individually recognised in The Asia Pacific Chambers 2018 directory as an "Associate to watch'.
Individually recognised 'Leading Lawyer, Labour & Employment' 2018.
Publications

Insights & Opinion / Alison Maelzer

Managing Medical Incapacity: Enough To Make You Feel Sick?
Managers and HR practitioners often tell us that dealing with employees who are genuinely too sick or injured to work is one of their least favourite tasks. Frankly, we can see why.
31.05.2018 Posted in Employment Law
Trial Period Redux, Comparative Guide and Important Changes Last Week
Confusion continues to reign supreme in the application of trial periods.
10.04.2018 Posted in Employment Law
The Tweet you don’t want to see …..
Finding out you've been fired from your high profile job via the internet seems insensitive
29.03.2018 Posted in Employment Law
Don’t make it worse … notify WorkSafe
Our message to you – if there is an incident or event that needs to be notified to WorkSafe, for heaven's sake, notify it!
20.02.2018 Posted in Health & Safety Law
Hanging out for Easter? What you need to know if you are in retail.
Shops can now open on Easter Sunday
9.02.2018 Posted in Employment Law
Employment Law: the only constant is change…
Proposed changes to the Employment Relations Act 200 (ACT)
26.01.2018 Posted in Employment Law
First sentencing under Health and Safety at Work Act; time to count the costs
There has been a abundance of commentary following the imposition of a $100,000 fine in the first sentencing for a conviction under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (Act): WorkSafe New Zealand v...
3.10.2017 Posted in Health & Safety Law
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