Employment and workplace safety

Our team understands that people are the most important asset in any business.

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​Our team works with clients to effectively manage all aspects of employment law, industrial relations, health and safety, human rights, privacy, disciplinary and restructuring and redundancy issues. We have a strong appreciation of the needs of employers and we aim to find commercial and innovative solutions to their often complex employment and industrial issues.

Our large and dedicated employment team has broad capability and strength on a national scale. We advise medium to large corporate employers on their rights and responsibilities under New Zealand employment legislation, including the Employment Relations Act, Human Rights Act, Holidays Act, Privacy Act, and health and safety legislation.

A key focus for our team is the Holidays Act which has been under review since May 2018. As the Holidays Act Taskforce continues to progress into the new year, our experienced team will work collaboratively with private and public sector businesses to ensure they are compliant with the current Act. Our work encompasses a range of minimum entitlement issues including reviews of compliance and representation during investigations by the Labour Inspectorate. We have particular expertise in negotiating enforceable undertakings with the Labour Inspectorate, and providing support during large-scale remediation projects.

The team provides strategic industrial relations advice on bargaining issues, collective agreements, and strikes and lockouts.

We advise blue chip clients on day-to-day issues such as employment contracts, dismissals, restructuring, redundancies, health and safety, employee performance problems and disciplinary situations. 

Our employment lawyers regularly participate in disciplinary meetings, attend mediations and appear at investigation meetings and court hearings. The team also advises on the employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions, outsourcings and other commercial transactions.

Our clients include: Asahi Group, AsureQuality, AT&T, BP Oil, Carter Holt Harvey, Fairfax, Fletcher Building, Frucor, Goodman Fielder, Hewlett-Packard, JP Morgan Chase, OfficeMax, Lyttelton Port Company, PHARMAC, Rank Group, Sime Darby, Wellington Electricity Lines and Vodafone.

We also provide training and seminars on a wide range of common employment and workplace health and safety issues. Click here for more details​​.

Recognition for our employment expertise

Bell Gully is "highly responsive and always carefully tailors its advice to the business context, proactively recommending solutions to the issues".
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 - Tier 1

Bell Gully delivers "fast turnaround from a strong and commercial team."
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017 - Tier 1

"They have a very strong team and I highly rate the quality of the advice they give, as well as their pragmatic approach." ​
Chambers Asia Pacific 2018 - Tier 1​

Distinguished employment practice serving a blue-chip client base, particularly in employee matters connected to corporate transactions. Clients praise the department for its technical expertise and the quality of its practitioners​.

"The firm is very professional and respected in New Zealand. I rate their strength and ability to offer a wide range of legal services."

"Very commercial, focused and practical with their strong legal knowledge."
Chambers Asia Pacific 2017 - Tier 1​​

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  • Tim Clarke

    Partner Auckland
  • Rachael Brown

    Partner Wellington
  • Liz Coats

    Partner Auckland