Rosemary advises employers and senior executives on a wide variety of transactional, contentious and advisory employment matters including personal grievances and disputes, collective bargaining matters, restraints of trade, absence management, redundancy and performance issues, and negotiated exits. She also advises on health and safety and privacy matters.
An experienced negotiator, Rosemary represents employers and senior executives at mediation, in the Employment Relations Authority, the Employment Court, and the Coroner's Court.
In The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022, Rosemary is named a 'Rising Star' in labour and employment law. A client says "Rosemary Wooders goes above and beyond to make the law accessible. She always has time to explain concepts which enables you to build your knowledge."
Lyttelton Port Company industrial disputes
Advised Lyttelton Port Company, which operates one of the country’s major ports, in litigation involving collective bargaining issues with the Maritime Union of New Zealand and the Rail and Maritime Transport Union.
Complex employment investigations
Advises employers on a range of complex investigations, including in respect of bullying and harassment, sexual harassment, and fraudulent conduct in the workplace.
Senior executive engagements/exits
Negotiated employment agreements and settlement agreements for a number of high-profile executives (including well-known and listed companies).
Transfer of employment issues
Acted for employers in the catering and construction industries in Employment Relations Authority and Employment Court proceedings in respect of employee transfer issues arising on the loss of a commercial contract to their respective competitors.
Casual employee issue
Successfully represented a large organisation in the Employment Court against a claim by a former employee that they were a permanent employee (rather than a casual employee).
Privacy Act compliance reviews
Carried out comprehensive Privacy Act compliance reviews for a range of large employers.
Private equity employment advice
Regularly advise clients on employment aspects arising from various sales and acquisitions, including due diligence and negotiation of commercial terms.
Minimum Wage Act and Holidays Act advice
Advised on a number of significant Minimum Wage Act and Holidays Act reviews and non-compliance issues across the public and private sectors.
Rest and meal breaks
Acted for an airline in the Employment Relations Authority in respect of the interplay between the rest and meal break legislation and Civil Aviation Authority requirements.