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Employment

Employers in New Zealand have a robust legal framework to comply with to meet their obligations to employees through the Employment Relations Act and other legislation relating to employees (Health and Safety at Work Act, Holidays Act, Privacy Act, and Human Rights Act). Our employment team works with our clients to help them understand their rights and how to best meet their responsibilities and duties.

Our employment lawyers are skilled at assisting our clients with all routine employment related processes and when required can participate and support clients in disciplinary meetings and investigation meetings.

In contentious situations our team can skilfully guide our clients through the mediation process and provide advocacy in the Employment Relations Authority, Employment Court and higher Courts where necessary.

Our employment team provides clients with advice on all contentious and non-contentious aspects of New Zealand employment law, including:

  • Drafting employment contracts and policies.
  • Employment issues, including performance management, workplace health and safety, harassment and misconduct
  • Intellectual property, confidential information and restraints of trade
  • Industrial relations and collective bargaining
  • Personal grievance claims and other employment related litigation (including disputes),
  • Advice on medical, stress, harassment and bullying issues
  • Employer obligations under the sale, purchase or outsourcing of a business
  • Restructuring and the design and negotiation of exit packages
  • Redundancies and dismissals

We are experienced in major organisational restructuring and can assist in the facilitation and implementation of large scale change management helping clients navigate the complexities and challenges of organisational change.

Areas of expertise:

  • Collective Bargaining
  • Employment Contracts
  • Employment Disputes
  • Employment Relations
  • Industrial Relations
  • NZ Sports Tribunal Proceedings
  • Personal Grievances
  • Policy Development
  • Restraints of Trade
  • Organisational Restructuring
  • Serious Misconduct
  • Redundancies and Dismissals
  • Workplace Health and Safety

Employment team

Fraser Wood

Partner

Mark Hammond

Partner

Becky Brown

Senior Associate

Karina McLuskie

Senior Associate

Fiona Dalziel

Associate

Josh Nyika

Senior Solicitor

Michelle Urquhart

Senior Solicitor

Shannon Eldridge

Senior Solicitor

Knowledge and insights

Changes are coming for employers

Thursday 26 November, 2020

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Is your business struggling to recover following lockdown, requiring you to make redundancies?

Wednesday 3 June, 2020

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Utilising the COVID-19 wage subsidy extension

Wednesday 17 June, 2020

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COVID-19 turmoil for employers again

Wednesday 26 August, 2020

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COVID-19 lockdown decisions return to haunt employers

Wednesday 26 August, 2020

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Is pay equity on the horizon?

Wednesday 2 September, 2020

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COVID-19 lockdown decisions return to haunt employers

Wednesday 26 August, 2020

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COVID-19 turmoil for employers again

Wednesday 26 August, 2020

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Tompkins Wake named as an employer of choice

Wednesday 22 July, 2020

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Firing ex-wife costs husband $70,000

Friday 3 July, 2020

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Utilising the COVID-19 wage subsidy extension

Wednesday 17 June, 2020

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Is your business struggling to recover following lockdown, requiring you to make redundancies?

Wednesday 3 June, 2020

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The truth about the relaxation of work visa conditions

Tuesday 28 April, 2020

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Limited business activities allowed to prepare for Alert Level 3

Thursday 23 April, 2020

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Employment issues during COVID-19 lockdown

Thursday 23 April, 2020

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COVID-19 Annual Holiday Impact

Wednesday 22 April, 2020

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COVID-19 Essential Workers Leave Support

Tuesday 7 April, 2020

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COVID-19 Employment Considerations

Monday 30 March, 2020

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Employers' Obligations & COVID-19 Chatbot

Thursday 19 March, 2020

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What to do if an employee is damaging your business

Monday 10 February, 2020

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Better protections for contractors

Monday 13 January, 2020

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Minimum wage obligations and how to meet them

Tuesday 26 November, 2019

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Tompkins Wake a winner at the 2019 NZ Law Awards

Monday 25 November, 2019

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Lime Scooters - a new option

Thursday 31 October, 2019

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Why have a dress code?

Tuesday 9 July, 2019

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Availability Provisions Clarified

Thursday 20 June, 2019

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Employment Law Changes

Friday 31 May, 2019

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Tompkins Wake announces the promotion of legal specialists

Friday 10 May, 2019

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Tompkins Wake and Chiefs Rugby - a great partnership on and off the field

Tuesday 23 April, 2019

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Tompkins Wake awarded Rainbow Tick

Friday 29 March, 2019

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Proposed Employment Law Changes

Friday 9 March, 2018

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Employment law reforms announced

Friday 5 January, 2018

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