Senior Associate

Jodi Sharman

LLM (Hons) / BSc
Jodi Sharman is a Senior Associate in the Disputes Team and specialises in Employment Law.

Jodi joined the Employment Law team at Hesketh Henry in 2008, and has considerable experience in working with employees, employers and unions on a wide range of employment 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 Auckland District Law Society, and its Employment Law Committee, as well as the New Zealand Law Society.

Jodi enjoys the people factor in employment law and being involved in the employment 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.
Individually recognised in The Asia Pacific Chambers 2020 directory as an "Associate to watch".

Insights & Opinion / Jodi Sharman

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 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
03.07.2017 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?
02.11.2016 Posted in Employment Law
A Word of Warning
What is a formal warning?
07.09.2016 Posted in Employment Law
Suspension – Not as straightforward as you may think
Suspending an employee is not as straightforward as many employers may think. In this article, we guide you through the legalities in New Zealand.
02.12.2014 Posted in Employment Law
An employment relationship commences with an offer and acceptance of employment. 
26.03.2014 Posted in Employment Law
Parental Leave Redundancy: Restructuring While An Employee Is On Parental Leave – A Hard Push?
When restructuring a business, it is important to pay particular attention to employees whose employment may be affected while they are on parental leave.
26.03.2014 Posted in Employment Law