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 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' 2019.

Insights & Opinion / Alison Maelzer

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
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
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