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

“The firm is very professional, providing high-quality advice from a risk-based perspective. It takes time to understand customer circumstances and needs.”

“Engaging and very professional.”

“The firm provides extremely proficient turnaround time. It is always willing and able to provide advice. The team works well together so that if any one is occupied, someone else in the team can assist, thereby always there when we need them.​"

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020 - Tier 1

"They're very thorough with their advice, they respond in a timely fashion and are very knowledgeable with regards to case law in New Zealand."​

"We've kept with them because of the nature of the advice that they provide. It's well thought through and substantiated, and the risks are properly assessed."

Chambers Asia Pacific 2020 ​- Tier 2

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  • Tim Clarke

    Partner Auckland
  • Rachael Brown

    Partner Wellington
  • Liz Coats

    Partner Auckland