Alison Maelzer

Alison provides expert advice in all aspects of employment law, with a particular interest in disciplinary issues, managing personal grievances, and health and safety at work.

Alison has practised exclusively in the employment jurisdiction for approximately 20 years.  Her background includes large firm and in-house local government experience, and she represents clients at mediation, in the Employment Relations Authority, and Employment Court.  Her expertise in the employment law sector has been recognised by the major legal directories, including AsiaLaw, and Chambers Asia-Pacific.

Alison’s 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. She provides pragmatic, business-focused advice with a view to minimising cost and time for the client.  Alison works hard to ensure that advice is practical, solutions-based and delivered in plain English.



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Examples of work completed by Alison include:

  • Assisting a large employer with a redundancy process affecting a significant number of positions and employees.
  • Helping an employer investigate allegations of harassment and bullying.
  • Representing an employer in the managed exit of a senior executive.
  • Acting as an advocate for an employer during collective bargaining.
  • Negotiating the resignation of a senior manager.
  • 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.

Insights & Opinion / Alison Maelzer

Privacy Commissioner to consult on Privacy Rules for Biometric Information
With the increasing use of facial recognition technology (FRT), retinal scans, and voice recognition by an array of different agencies, privacy concerns about its collection and use are set to be form...
24.11.2023 Posted in Business Advice
Time is money – availability provisions in employment agreements and the requirement to compensate
What happens when an availability provision is non-compliant because it does not allow for compensation, but the employee is not “required” to work additional hours?  Can the employee still be sa...
21.09.2023 Posted in Business Advice & Employment
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“For every dollar a Pākehā man makes…” – the latest development in addressing gender and ethnicity pay gaps
Mandatory reporting systems that would require businesses to report their gender pay gap might be on the (distant) horizon.
16.08.2023 Posted in Employment
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Gimme, gimme more … information.
The procedural obligations in redundancy and complying with the duty of good faith.
03.07.2023 Posted in Business Advice & Employment
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Privacy in the workplace – answering the burning questions for employers
It is the Employment Law Team’s favourite time of year – no, not Christmas, summer or going away to the family bach. It’s Privacy Week, duh!
12.05.2023 Posted in Business Advice & Employment
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Recent Employment Legislation Updates – Changes You Cannot Afford to Miss!
Struggling to keep up with the breakneck speed of recent employment legislation news?  In this article, we provide a round-up of legislation and regulatory updates for employers, including analysis a...
20.04.2023 Posted in Business Advice & Employment
“Hi Honey, I’m (still) home!” Legal considerations for employees working from home
With flexible working arrangements becoming increasingly common post-Covid, employers should continue to be alive to the consequences of these arrangements and consider what steps they should take to ...