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Employment Law

Our employment services

At Saunders & Co, our Employment Law team advises on all aspects of the employment relationship for both employers and employees.

The employment relationship can be a difficult one if not managed correctly. Our aim in advising our clients is to prevent issues from arising by giving effective, forward thinking advice at the outset.  When issues do arise, we advise our clients on how to deal with these in a way that best fits them, whether it be quick and cost effective settlement or determining the dispute through the Employment Authority.

Our services include:

  • Drafting and negotiating terms of employment agreements
  • Advising on the disciplinary process
  • Advising on the process of redundancy and restructuring
  • Appearing at mediation
  • Raising and defending personal grievance claims
  • Advising on health and safety issues
  • Advising on obligations and entitlements under all relevant legislation including the Holidays Act, Wages Protection Act, and Kiwisaver Act.

Examples of our recent work

  • Undertaking an extensive review of an employer’s employment agreements and advising on the use of the 90 day trial and probationary periods.
  • Drafting employment agreements for an employer in the construction industry and advising on health and safety and drug and alcohol policy clauses.
  • Representing an employee through a disciplinary process for serious misconduct
  • Raising and defending personal grievances for both employers and employees
  • Defending a claim from an employer against an employee in the Employment Relations Authority for breach of non-solicitation and restraint of trade clauses.

Specialists

Andrew Riches

Andrew Riches

Partner

T +64 3 963 1457
M 021 982 115
E andrew.riches@saunders.co.nz

Michael Kirkland

Michael Kirkland

Consultant/Special Counsel

T +64 3 963 1455
M 021 0285 1682
E jmk@saunders.co.nz

Anna Worrill

Anna Worrill

Lawyer

T +64 3 963 1461
M 027 200 8280
E anna.worrill@saunders.co.nz

Josh Taylor

Josh Taylor

Lawyer

T +64 3 966 7705
M 027 378 8857
E josh.taylor@saunders.co.nz

Nicola Coombes

Nicola Coombes

Associate

T +64 3 940 2435
E nicola.coombes@saunders.co.nz

Peter Tatham

Peter Tatham

Consultant

T +64 3 349 5111
M 027 448 6336
E pjt@saunders.co.nz