Partner

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 disciplinary and performance issues, and health and safety at work.

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.

Her experience covers the breadth of employment law issues, representing employers, employees, and unions in matters ranging from statutory compliance to negotiated solutions to employment relationship problems. Alison provides pragmatic, business-focused 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 a significant number of positions and employees.
  • Advising an international company with regard to bullying and harassment complaints made by an employee against senior management.
  • Representing an employer in the managed exit of a senior executive.
  • Acting as an advocate for an employer during collective bargaining.
  • Assisting a large manufacturer with a WorkSafe NZ investigation, and subsequent negotiation of an Enforceable Undertaking.
  • Providing tailored training to a Board of Directors, senior managers, and other employees, with regard to their legal obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.
  • Representing an interested Union in a coroner’s request into the sudden death of one of its members.
Recommendations
The Legal500 Asia Pacific 2020 Directory individually recommends Partner, Alison Maelzer
Individually recognised in The Asia Pacific Chambers 2020 directory as "Up and Coming".
Individually recognised 'Notable Practitioner', Labour & Employment' 2020.
Publications

Insights & Opinion / Alison Maelzer

COVID-19: Health and Safety at Level 3
Alert Level 3 is upon us.
24.04.2020 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19 & Health & Safety Law
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: Health and Safety in essential businesses
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, New Zealand’s alert level is currently at Alert Level 4.
31.03.2020 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19 & Health & Safety 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
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