Swearing at your boss – can you fire a potty-mouthed employee?

With any employee misbehaviour – take a moment to cool off and consider how serious the behaviour actually was (and follow a fair process).… Read More

Health and safety: large fines for simple mistakes

Health and Safety is often looked at as a compliance cost, or a hindrance. It’s harder to dismiss when a failure to take it seriously results in a death, and over $700,000 in fines and payments from the business.… Read More

Congratulations to our newly promoted lawyers

Congratulations to Simon Davies-Colley and Heidi Mackey on their promotions to Senior Associate and Senior Lawyer respectively, effective 1 April 2019.… Read More

Domestic violence leave NZ: what employers need to know

The Government’s Domestic Violence – Victims’ Protection Act gives new entitlements to victims of domestic violence and puts strict obligations on their employers.… Read More

When employees’ misconduct or bad behaviour matters

When an employer fires an employee for misconduct but gets the process wrong, the first thing they tend to ask us is “Doesn’t the employee’s bad behaviour matter at all?”.… Read More

Cash for hurt feelings – Employment Court decision signals increases for hurt and humiliation payments

The reality is that firing somebody, and the way an employer goes about it, can have a significant impact on an employee and even result in serious medical effects.… Read More

Communication – the essential ingredient in a healthy employment relationship

As with a healthy relationship of any kind, mutual satisfaction between an employer and an employee relies on communication.… Read More

Employment law under our new government – what can we expect?

This post is some crystal ball gazing about what we might see happening in New Zealand’s employment laws (without the political spin).… Read More

Does the process really matter if an employee is obviously ‘guilty’?

“What if I catch an employee red-handed – surely I can fire them on the spot?” The answer is no – not even then. Employers still have to follow a fair process.… Read More

Employment contracts: permanent? fixed-term? casual? Which do I need?

Employers are regularly confused about the difference between permanent, casual and fixed-term employees, and what kind of staff member they should have. Here’s our guide.… Read More

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