Jim Roberts

BCom. LLM (Hons) (1st Class)
Jim Roberts is a recognised employment law expert, with a wealth of experience.

Jim helps clients develop their strategies around employment issues, including restructuring, performance management and disciplinary processes, personal grievances, holidays, human rights, and health and safety at work.  

As well as providing strategic legal advice, Jim has considerable experience in collective bargaining and union disputes, in industries as varied as aviation, maritime, dairy, meat, finance, electricity, telecommunications and insurance.

Jim also has significant expertise in compliance work – helping clients 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.

Clients appreciate Jim’s strategic experience and tactical approach, his strong advocacy, and ability to create solutions that work for the business. 

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Examples of work completed by Jim include:

  • Guiding a publicly listed company on the managed exit of its CEO.
  • Assisting employers to manage WorkSafe investigations.
  • Advising employers on their obligations when acquiring a business.
  • Supporting an employer to investigate 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.
  • Leading litigation regarding the correct statutory approach to holidays calculations.
The Legal500 Asia Pacific 2021 Directory individually recommends Partner, Jim Roberts as a 'Leading Individual' in the labour and employment practice area.
Partner Jim Roberts, individually recognised in Band 3 for 2021.
Individually recognised 'Distinguished Practitioner', Labour & Employment 2021.

Insights & Opinion / Jim Roberts

Supreme Court asserts Employment Relations Authority exclusive jurisdiction
The Supreme Court has recently issued a significant judgment clarifying that the Employment Relations Authority (Authority) has exclusive jurisdiction over claims arising in a “work context”. In d...
09.09.2021 Posted in Business Advice & Employment
Court of Appeal Overturns Employment Court’s Decision in Tourism Holdings
Tourism Holdings Limited v A Labour Inspector of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (Tourism Holdings) is the first decision in which the Employment Court considered section 8(2) of the Holidays Act 2003 (Act). The Court of Appeal has recently overturned this decision.
26.03.2021 Posted in Business Advice & Employment
UK Supreme Court Delivers Decision on Uber Driver Employment Status
The distinction between employee and independent contractor can be complex, particularly where the nature of the business model blurs the lines of standard employment practices.
16.03.2021 Posted in Business Advice & Employment
Holidays Act Overhaul – Taskforce Recommendations
There have been calls for an amendment of the Holidays Act 2003 (Act) for some time.
16.03.2021 Posted in Business Advice & Employment
The impact of lockdown on the Minimum Wage Act: the Employment Court judgment in Gate Gourmet
In Sandhu v Gate Gourmet New Zealand Ltd, Gate Gourmet challenged the Employment Relations Authority’s determination that the protections under the Minimum Wage Act 1983 (MWA) applied to its employe...
03.03.2021 Posted in Business Advice & Employment
COVID-19: Who Takes the Pay Hit When There is Little or No Work During Lockdown?
The COVID-19 situation is a rapidly changing beast. 
18.08.2020 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19 & Employment
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