Kirby Kleingeld

LLB / BCom
Kirby Kleingeld is a Solicitor in the Employment Law Team.

Kirby studied at the University of Auckland and obtained a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce double majoring in International Business and Commercial Law.

She has practised employment law since being admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court in 2019.  Kirby deals with a wide range of employment law matters, including contentious and non-contentious issues for employer, employee and union clients.  She has appeared in the Employment Relations Authority, assisted with matters in the Employment Court and regularly represents clients in mediations.

Kirby has a particular interest in matters relating to long term sickness absence and medical incapacity, restructures, resolution of personal grievance claims and the preparation of employment documentation including employment agreements, questionnaires, policies and handbooks.

Kirby has a tenacity for detail and is driven to provide bespoke and client-focused advice which will deliver the best outcome for her clients.

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Examples of work completed by Kirby include:

  • Providing employers with tailored policies and procedures suited to their needs.
  • Advising employers on several complex personal grievances involving claims of unjustified dismissal, unjustified actions causing disadvantage, allegations of unlawful discrimination and sexual harassment.
  • Aiding employers with enforcing restraints of trade.
  • Providing advice and assistance to employees and employers through performance management, disciplinary and medical incapacity processes.
  • Helping an employer investigate allegations of harassment and bullying.
  • Assisting and preparing documents for the Employment Relations Authority, including statements in reply, statements of evidence and undertaking as to damages.
  • Representing clients at mediation and the Employment Relations Authority.
  • Assisting clients to implement drug and alcohol testing policies for workplace health and safety.
  • Preparing and filing documents for the Employment Court.
  • Assisting a large employer with a redundancy process potentially affecting a considerable number of positions and employees.
  • Representing an employer in the managed exit of a senior executive.

Insights & Opinion / Kirby Kleingeld

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Banding together: the Court’s new approach to awards for injury to feelings
One of the key remedies available to an employee who has successfully established a personal grievance in the Employment Relations Authority (Authority) or the Employment Court (Court) is compensation...
23.02.2024 Posted in Employment
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A warning about warnings
It can be tempting for an employer to think that it is only a dismissal that requires a disciplinary process, and that a warning or a final warning can be issued simply by notifying the employee.  Be...
13.12.2023 Posted in Employment
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Gloriavale residents found to be employees – yes, again!
The employment status of a worker is a concept that has long been contested and is challenging to determine for many, especially with flexible working arrangements and the so-called ‘gig economy’....
07.12.2023 Posted in Employment
Three parties in an employment relationship – the riddle in Riddler
Employment relationships are not always straightforward.  When there are three parties involved, things can get complicated.  The Employment Court (the Court) has recently had to untangle just such ...
01.08.2023 Posted in Employment
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Gimme, gimme more … information.
The procedural obligations in redundancy and complying with the duty of good faith.
03.07.2023 Posted in Business Advice & Employment
What to do when disaster strikes? Practical Guidance for Employers Following a Natural Disaster
Following the flooding in January and Cyclone Gabrielle in February the lives of many individuals (both employees and employers) in the North Island have been thrown into turmoil.  Many were devastat...
14.03.2023 Posted in Climate Change & Employment
The Employment Law Team – Updates for 2023
2023 has had a turbulent start to the year.  We know that many of you are affected in Northland, Coromandel and Auckland, and the scale of the devastation in Hawkes Bay and Tairawhiti is beyond compr...
24.02.2023 Posted in Employment
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