Alison Maelzer

Alison Maelzer 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.
Individually recognised in The Asia Pacific Chambers 2022 directory Band 4.
The Legal500 Asia Pacific 2022 Directory individually recommended Partner, Alison Maelzer as a 'Recommended Lawyer' in the Employment practice area
The Legal500 Asia Pacific 2022 Directory individually recommended Partner, Alison Maelzer as a 'Recommended Lawyer' in the Dispute Resolution practice area

Insights & Opinion / Alison Maelzer

How to Gauge the Minimum Wage: Sandhu v Gate Gourmet
Court of Appeal Overturns Employment Court’s Decision in Sandhu v Gate Gourmet
16.11.2021 Posted in Business Advice
Extending the reach of the jab –the Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order – round 3
While we have known for a while that the government was expanding the scope of the vaccination requirements, many schools and health providers have been waiting with bated breath for the actual Order ...
26.10.2021 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19 & Employment
Update – August/September 2021 Lockdown – what financial support is available?
The Government is offering various support schemes to help employees and businesses cope with the 2021 COVID-19 Lockdown.  Given the differing eligibility requirements it is easy to become overwhelmed.
07.10.2021 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19 & Employment
Alert Level 3; Hi-ho, hi-ho, back to work we go?
In Auckland, we’re excited to be moving to Alert Level 3, if only so we can take a break from cooking every single meal! 
21.09.2021 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19 & Employment
Employment Relations Authority Finds Dismissal of Unvaccinated Border Worker to be Justified
On 1 September 2021, The Employment Relations Authority (Authority) determined in GF v New Zealand Customs Service [2021] NZERA 382, that the New Zealand Customs Service (Customs) was justified in its...
10.09.2021 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19 & Employment
Construction Contractor Controversy: Guidance on the Status of Contractors
Workers in the construction industry are frequently engaged as independent contractors.
18.06.2021 Posted in Business Advice & Construction & Employment
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