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
Individually recognised in The Asia Pacific Chambers 2021 directory Band 4.
The Legal500 Asia Pacific 2021 Directory individually recommended Partner, Alison Maelzer as a 'Recommended Lawyer' in the Employment practice area
The Legal500 Asia Pacific 2021 Directory individually recommended Partner, Alison Maelzer as a 'Recommended Lawyer' in the Dispute Resolution practice area
Individually recognised 'Rising Star', Labour & Employment' 2021.
Publications

Insights & Opinion / Alison Maelzer

What happens if my employee refuses to get the COVID-19 vaccination?
While there are enough COVID-19 vaccinations to inoculate each New Zealander, it has been reported that some ‘frontline’ workers have refused to get vaccinated, or have failed to attend vaccinatio...
14.04.2021 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19 & Employment
Bereavement Leave Confirmed for Miscarriages and Stillbirths 
New Zealand has become the second country in the world to pass legislation that provides bereavement leave for mothers and their partners after a miscarriage or stillbirth.
26.03.2021 Posted in Business Advice & Employment
COVID-19 – Government support explained
With a myriad of government benefits available to help employees and businesses cope with the COVID-19 lockdowns, it is easy to become overwhelmed with the differing eligibility requirements and vario...
04.03.2021 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19 & Employment
Employment Court Deems Uber Driver a Contractor
Although immensely popular due to its user friendly interface and low prices, the Uber Group is facing challenges to its business model worldwide.  Issues about the rights of Uber’s drivers have be...
12.02.2021 Posted in Business Advice & Employment
Privacy Act 2020: new obligations to report privacy breaches
The Privacy Act 2020 creates a new requirement to report serious privacy breaches, as from 1 December 2020. 
25.09.2020 Posted in Business Advice & Employment & Regulatory
COVID-19: Who Takes the Pay Hit When There is Little or No Work During Lockdown?
The COVID-19 situation is a rapidly changing beast. 
18.08.2020 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19 & Employment
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
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