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.

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 provides 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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Experience

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.
Recommendations
The Legal500 Asia Pacific 2020 Directory individually recommends Partner, Alison Maelzer
Individually recognised in The Asia Pacific Chambers 2020 directory as "Up and Coming".
Individually recognised 'Notable Practitioner', Labour & Employment' 2020.
Publications

Insights & Opinion / Alison Maelzer

Do you really need a Fixed Term Agreement? Really really?
Most of us (and especially lawyers) like certainty.  Experience tells us however that there is nothing as uncertain as a sure thing.  Frequently, we speak to employers that are tempted to use fixed ...
28.11.2019 Posted in Employment Law
Who is working when? Public holidays and ‘otherwise working days’
With Labour Day just around the corner, and Christmas/New Year looming, we are getting a few questions about the “otherwise working day”.
24.10.2019 Posted in Employment Law
Ending Employment – Process is Key!
Even when employment has lasted for a very short time, an employer is still required to follow the law, and the consequences of failing to comply can end up being very significant.  So it was for a C...
26.09.2019 Posted in Employment Law
Court of Appeal considers the law on notice during a Trial Period… are we all clear now?
In Ioan v Scott Technology NZ Limited, the Employment Court looked at the requirement to give notice during a trial period termination under the Employment Relations Act 2000 (Act). Mr Ioan’s employ...
04.09.2019 Posted in Employment Law
Give me a break… Managing Rest and Meal Breaks
From 6 May 2019, the statutory regime around rest and meal breaks in the Employment Relations Act (Act) has returned to a prescriptive approach.  The changes replace the more flexible provisions that...
05.07.2019 Posted in Employment Law
Employment Relations (Triangular Employment) Amendment Bill
You may have heard the phrase “triangular employment relationship” thrown around, particularly in the media. Although it sounds complicated, the phrase refers to a common employment relationship, ...
21.05.2019 Posted in Employment Law
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