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Jim Roberts

BCom. LLB (Hons)
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Jim Roberts heads up the employment law team at Hesketh Henry.

Jim has a wealth of specialist experience, having been practising employment law since 1992. He helps his clients, who are from a range of industries, develop their employment strategies around  processes including restructuring, performance management and disciplinary action, personal grievances,  human rights, health and safety and accident compensation.  

As well as providing strategic legal advice, Jim has been involved in union disputes and 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 Holidays Act issues, 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 2020 Directory individually recommends Partner, Jim Roberts as a 'Leading Individual' in the labour and employment practice area.
Partner Jim Roberts, recognised as a "Leading Individual" 2020.
Individually recognised "Notable Practitioner' Labour and Employment 2020.
Publications

Insights & Opinion / Jim Roberts

The new Privacy Act: What will this mean for your Business?
The long awaited reform to New Zealand privacy law is currently making its way through the final stages in Parliament, and is expected to become law on 1 November 2020. The Privacy Bill (which when en...
25.05.2020 Posted in Business Advice & Employment Law
COVID-19 – Contact Tracing – Health and Safety and Privacy.  Think! and save us all.
As we slowly venture out into the world, we have noticed some businesses have adopted questionable contact tracing practices.  Businesses need to Think! about the competing obligations they are opera...
19.05.2020 Posted in COVID-19 & Employment Law
Contractor or Employee? The decision in Leota v Parcel Express Limited
The legal distinction between contractors and employees can sometimes be a fine one. Being an employee, rather than a contractor, is generally (and in most cases) advantageous to the worker as it prov...
12.05.2020 Posted in Business Advice & Employment Law
COVID-19: Extension of Leave Support Scheme for “At Risk” Workers
On 24 April 2020 and with a shift to Alert Level 3, the Government has announced that the COVID-19 Essential Workers Leave Support Scheme has been extended to cover “non-essential” workers who are...
04.05.2020 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19 & Employment Law
COVID-19: Next Level:  Employment beyond Lockdown
Next Level We are almost 3 weeks into a Level 4 lock-down and a little over a week from Level 3 if all goes to plan. Now is the time to be thinking about what the next stage will look like for your bu...
14.04.2020 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19 & Employment Law
COVID-19: Employment issues -updated 24 March 2020
The COVID-19 situation is rapidly evolving, and employers need to be continually assessing and reassessing their response. This article is being updated regularly: the last update was 24 March 2020. L...
17.03.2020 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19 & Employment Law
Workplace bullying: what it is and what steps to take
Kiwis have a reputation as being friendly, optimistic people, however many of our workplaces have an unspoken dark side: New Zealand has the second-worst rate of workplace bullying in the developed wo...
20.02.2020 Posted in Employment Law