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Jim Roberts

BCom. LLB (Hons)
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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. He is a member of the New Zealand Society of Law and the Auckland District Law Society.

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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

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
Could a Health and Safety Breach Mean Jail Time?
In August 2019, a United Kingdom judgment imposed a custodial sentence on a site supervisor who was involved in breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (UK Act) that caused the death of a w...
28.08.2019 Posted in Health & Safety Law
Time for Change (again!)
The winds of change are once again blowing through the employment law landscape.
10.12.2018 Posted in Employment Law
Pruning Back Liability: Do Contractual Arrangements Hold the Key?
The first defended hearing under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA), WorkSafe v Athenberry Holdings Ltd, required the District Court to consider the ability of a business (a PCBU) to influe...
09.10.2018 Posted in Health & Safety Law
When You Can’t Have it Your Way
Antares Restaurant Group Limited (which owns and operates Burger King in New Zealand) has received a whopper of a sanction – a ban on the company supporting visa applications until July next year.
04.09.2018 Posted in Employment Law
Stressful‽ Mental Health Risks in Performance Management
Employers are often met with complaints of bullying and stress as soon as performance management commences.
09.08.2018 Posted in Employment Law