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Employment law

A Plain English approach to a challenging subject.

If you are not a lawyer, then words like Mediation (the processes for bringing about agreement or reconciliation between opponents in a dispute), Dispute Resolution (the process of resolving disputes between parties), Personal Grievance (a wrong considered as grounds for complaint), ERA (Employment Relations Authority), Employment Relations Act 2000, may be cause for anxiety and a question raised – Where do I go for help?

You may be an Employee who feels they have been unfairly treated in the workplace, or you may be an Employer not knowing how to deal with an act of serious misconduct by an employee.

STOP! Before you do anything, are you sure you know what the next step should be.

One key thing many are unaware of, is that an employment agreement is a legal requirement for every person in employment, whether that be Permanent, Fixed Term, or Casual. If you are an employer and you don’t have these in place, are you aware of the significant fine you can incur? If you are employer, do you know your rights around having one put in place for you?

On either side of the fence being Employee or Employer, it is crucial the situation whatever it may be, is managed correctly.

We focus on being pragmatic, professional, and respectful with all parties concerned while achieving the outcomes required. Call us now for advice on your Employment Law matter.

I have known Thelma French for around 20 years, mainly as a business colleague working in the media industry. Thelma has worked in a number of organisations in the time I have known her and is someone who has truly evolved and developed as she has risen to meet the challenges. Thelma is someone who is very highly principled and who has at the core of her character an unwavering commitment to integrity and equity. She is unique in that she balances those elements of her character with innate warmth and an enormous sense of fun. She is someone who can be relied upon in any situation and provides strength and support to those around her.
CEO, Corporate, Auckland
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