Keeping people safe in the workplace is critical and should be a primary consideration for all business owners/employers. Understanding your health and safety obligations and liabilities as a director has become more important following the introduction of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA).
The specialist team at Saunders & Co understands the complexities of health and safety legislation and delivers practical pragmatic advice focused on governance responsibility and director due diligence obligations and supporting clients immediately following a health and safety incident through any WorkSafe investigation through to enforcement and/or prosecution.
We work closely with clients to ensure they meet their legal obligations, have a robust framework in place, and the correct documentation to provide a safe and healthy workplace for their staff.
Our team has a strong governance focus, providing those with due diligence obligations under the HSWA with advice and support to ensure they understand and meet their obligations as directors or senior staff in a health and safety context.
We can assist with drafting, reviewing and auditing health and safety management systems are fit-for-purpose from a governance perspective.
We act for clients in a broad range of sectors with differing risks and challenges. Many clients operate in high-risk industries such as agribusiness, construction and manufacturing where a failure to comply with health and safety obligations can lead to serious injury or death. If a notifiable event does occur in a client’s workplace, we ensure our clients are well represented both inside and outside the courtroom.
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Claire joined Saunders & Co as an Associate in 2018.
She is an experienced advocate who takes a pragmatic approach to deliver tailored advice to her clients.
Claire brings extensive experience on all aspects of employment related matters including: performance and disciplinary processes, restructuring, redundancy, leave entitlements, employment agreements and policies, industrial relations and post-termination obligations. She also advises on workplace health and safety issues from compliance to prosecutions.
Claire’s previous experience as a Crown prosecutor gives her the added edge when providing advice to clients with respect to investigations and court hearings.
In her spare time, Claire enjoys escaping the office to travel the globe and explore the outdoors. Over the years, Claire has been lucky to travel the length of New Zealand to compete in a variety of sports codes. Being a devoted sports enthusiast, she usually plans her holidays to coincide with sporting occasions.
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