Jodi Sharman

LLM (Hons) / LLB / BSc
Jodi Sharman is a Partner in the Employment Law Team.

Jodi has been practising employment law for nearly two decades, and has considerable experience in working with employees, employers and unions on a wide range of employment law matters and litigation issues.  Jodi has appeared in the Employment Relations Authority, Employment Court, District Court and High Court, and frequently represents clients in negotiations and mediations.

Jodi is a member of The Law Association, and its Employment Law Committee, as well as the New Zealand Law Society.  Her expertise in the employment law sector has been recognised by the major legal directories, including Chambers Asia-Pacific.

Jodi enjoys the people factor in employment law and being involved in the employment law issues facing clients who operate in different industries and professions.  She brings a pragmatic approach to legal issues with a focus on client communication and delivering practical and commercial outcomes.


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Examples of work completed by Jodi include:

  • Raising and defending personal grievances.
  • Redundancy and restructuring advice, including employment law obligations when buying or selling a business.
  • Advice and guidance regarding disciplinary, performance management and medical incapacity processes.
  • Advising on compliance with the Holidays Act 2003, including business audits.
  • Drafting employment documentation, employment agreements and policies.
  • Enforcing restraints of trade.
  • Successful defence of a personal grievance claim: Lim v Kerrick Industries Ltd [2013] NZERA Auckland 102 and Lim v Kerrick Industries Ltd [2013] NZERA Auckland 27.
  • Litigation that ensured compliance with a collective agreement: Corrections Association of New Zealand v Chief Executive of the Department of Corrections ERA Auckland AA488/10, 18 November 2010.
  • Successful litigation regarding the coverage clauses of multiple collective agreements: Aviation and Marine Engineers Association Inc v Air New Zealand Ltd [2013] NZEmpC 172 and Aviation and Marine Engineers Association Inc v Air New Zealand Ltd [2013] NZEmpC 99 and Air New Zealand Ltd v Aviation and Marine Engineers Association Inc [2014] NZCA 172.
  • Successful defence of a personal grievance claim: Sylva v Counties Power Ltd [2017] NZERA Auckland 191.

Insights & Opinion / Jodi Sharman

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Is working from home still working?
There are conflicting views on whether working from home is effective. Research conducted by Massey University at the end of 2023 found that around 40% of workers were doing hybrid work. This was an i...
23.05.2024 Posted in Employment
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How much do you earn?
The Employment Law Team explore the legality of pay secrecy clauses in employment agreements and whether any changes may be on the horizon in a recent Legalwise Insights article.  Read the article he...
30.11.2023 Posted in Employment
Fair Pay Agreement System: Implications for Employees and Employers
In May 2021, the Government announced the introduction of a new Fair Pay Agreement system.
15.03.2022 Posted in Employment
Increase in Sick Leave Entitlement
From Saturday 24 July 2021, the minimum entitlement to sick leave increases from 5 to 10 days in each entitlement year.
23.07.2021 Posted in Corporate & Commercial & Employment
Employment Law Considerations for Buying or Selling a Business
The people in a business often make the business, so if you are planning to buy or sell a business, it is important that you understand your employment law obligations in relation to employees.
17.02.2021 Posted in Corporate & Commercial & Employment
Increase in sick leave entitlement – what you need to know
The Holidays (Increasing Sick Leave) Amendment Bill (the Bill) was introduced in December 2020 and passed its First Reading on 1 December 2020. With the government’s clear majority, the Bill is anti...
02.02.2021 Posted in Corporate & Commercial & Employment
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What must be in an individual employment agreement to comply with legislation? You might be surprised!
Most employers know that an individual employment agreement (IEA) must be in writing and that they are required to retain a signed copy (or the current terms and conditions of employment that make up ...
18.06.2019 Posted in Employment