Special Counsel

Alison Maelzer

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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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.
Individually recognised as a 'Recommended Lawyer' in The Legal500 Asia Pacific 2019 directory.
Individually recognised in The Asia Pacific Chambers 2019 directory as "Up and Coming".
Individually recognised 'Leading Lawyer, Labour & Employment' 2019.

Insights & Opinion / Alison Maelzer

Don’t Let Your Guard Down
The risks arising from the use of unguarded machinery are well-known to the point of being blindingly obvious.  The measures to ensure the safe operation of machinery are usually straightforward.  W...
19.02.2019 Posted in Health & Safety Law
Nearly there! Only a few days of 2018 left!
Just a quick note from the Hesketh Henry Employment team about what’s on the horizon:
18.12.2018 Posted in Employment Law
So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye…
When the employment relationship comes to an end, for whatever reason, there are still a few boxes to be ticked. So what needs to be done before you can bid each other a (hopefully) fond farewell?
5.11.2018 Posted in Employment Law
No Longer Stumped: The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 Sentencing Guidelines
The High Court at Auckland has released its first and much-awaited decision under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA).
21.08.2018 Posted in Health & Safety Law
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
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