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Jim Roberts

BCom. LLB (Hons)
Profile
Jim Roberts heads up the employment law team at Hesketh Henry.  He has been practising employment law since 1992.

Jim helps his clients, who are from a range of industries, develop their employment strategies which include collective bargaining, personal grievance processes, disputes, human rights, health and safety and accident compensation. As well as providing strategic legal advice, Jim has been involved in collective bargaining in industries as varied as aviation, maritime, dairy, meat, finance, electricity, telecommunications and insurance.

Jim also assists his clients with compliance work in order to minimise their exposure to risk, with a particular focus on employment agreements and policies.  He also regularly advises on issues arising from mergers and acquisitions, from strategic advice regarding the transfer of employees, through due diligence to offers of employment.

During his career, Jim has acted on a number of leading cases.  Particular highlights are a Court of Appeal benchmark case on the correct approach to interpretation of collective agreements and appearing in the Privy Council regarding employment jurisdiction.

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Experience

Examples of work completed by Jim include:

  • Advising a publicly listed company on the managed exit of its CEO.
  • Representing an employer in relation to the workplace death of an employee.
  • Providing advice to employers on their obligations when acquiring a business.
  • Assisting an employer to commission an investigation into a senior employee alleged to have committed fraud, and managing the subsequent disciplinary process.
  • Working with a large multinational employer to restructure New Zealand operations, including the redundancy of a large number of employees.
  • Assisting a large manufacturer with regard to the implementation of new shifts, including advising on implications for the collective agreement.
Recommendations
The Legal500 Asia Pacific Directory individually recommended Partner, Jim Roberts.
Partner Jim Roberts, recognised as a "Leader in their field" 2018.
Individually recognised as a "Market-leading lawyer' 2018.
Publications

Insights & Opinion / Jim Roberts

Managing Employees’ Mental Health Issues
Ministry of Health statistics confirm that during 2016, 169,454 people accessed mental health services in New Zealand. The law of averages suggests that most workplaces will – to a lesser or greater degree – be affected at some time by an employee’s mental health issue.
31.05.2018 Posted in Employment Law & Health & Safety 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
Holidays Act: Help has arrived!
We are thrilled to announce that the first part of Holidays Act 2003: Guidance on annual holidays and related provisions has now been published
3.07.2017 Posted in Employment Law
Criminal Law and Employment Law – when worlds collide
The obligation an employer has to be open and honest to its employees, active and constructive, responsive and communicative and not to mislead or deceive, is the exact same set of obligations that employees owe to their employer
16.02.2017 Posted in Employment Law
You’re fired! Summary Dismissal – Do I still need a process?
Summary dismissal, that is, dismissal without notice, may arise in relation to serious misconduct, and sometimes where misconduct is repeated
8.02.2017 Posted in Employment Law
Wait, so Christmas Day follows Boxing Day this year!
Transferring public holidays
20.12.2016 Posted in Employment Law
What type of employment relationship do you have? Are you using the right employment agreement?
Which type of employment agreement should you be using?
2.11.2016 Posted in Employment Law
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