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Check out our fortnightly publication in the Dominion Post, (picked up by Stuff), our latest Dispatch and links to our Radio Interviews at Radio Live. Our latest topics to news and current affairs relevant to you in employment law and human resource practice. 

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  • Law Awards 2019

    Date: 22/11/2019

    We are so excited with this win!

  • Fair Pay Agreement - Discussion Document

    Date: 13/11/2019

    If you would like to submit on the discussion document, a link can be  found here. Submissions close on 27 November 2019.

  • What to do if you get sacked, and how you can raise a personal grievance

    Date: 03/10/2019

    There is no particular form that this needs to take and it can be as simple as sending an email stating the employee is raising a personal grievance, outlining the grounds, and setting out the remedies that the employee thinks will fix the problem.

  • Hong Kong protests raise questions over workers' rights in New Zealand

    Date: 18/09/2019

    This situation raises interesting questions as to whether New Zealand employers can legitimately take action against their employees for being involved in protests that they may disagree with or which are otherwise contrary to their interests.

    In short, an employer can not discipline or fire an employee for being involved in a protest. 

  • Keep your private photos off your work devices unless you want your boss to see

    Date: 07/08/2019

    The recent criticism of Facebook for potential privacy breaches has reinforced our collective consciousness around the importance of privacy settings and using devices and social media in a way that protects personal privacy.

  • It's time to make it clear racism is never acceptable

    Date: 24/07/2019

    Racism has been a hot topic recently, both internationally and in New Zealand.

  • Office temperatures; its impossible to please everyone

    Date: 10/07/2019

    When it comes  to office politics, temperature can create a real divide with the battle lines often draw on the basis of gender.  Recent research suggests that the reason female coworkers may be complaining about the cold, while their male colleagues are perfectly comfortable, is biological. 

  • #Metoo and the need for a lawyers' union

    Date: 26/06/2019

    The legal profession has faced significant scrutiny over the past 18 months in light of the #metoo movement.  This has been long overdue. The efforts of the likes of Zoë Lawton and Olivia Wensley in particular have been important in highlighting the working conditions and harassment young practitioners can face as lawyers.  

  • Rolling strikes or mega: the teachers may be hoping the ministry will fold

    Date: 12/06/2019

    There has been an uneasy silence by both parties since last week’s closed door meeting between the Teachers Unions and Education Minister, Chris Hipkins. Whilst we await news as to whether there has been a break in the impasse, there are indications that both parties are seeking to take a more conciliatory approach.

  • The law allows for leave, but it's not always clear-cut

    Date: 29/05/2019

    A healthy work-life balance is important, and the Holidays Act recognises this. The Act states that employees are entitled to 4 weeks paid annual holidays a year “to provide the opportunity for rest and recreation”.