Advanced NZ Employment Law

For Australian HR teams who are responsible for New Zealand, and now having to deal with more advanced and complex employment law issues, these workshops are for you.

Workshop 1: Restructuring & Redundancy

In this workshop we cover:

  • Restructuring – recent case law that has caught employers out (and catches out Australian companies who don’t realise the key differences between the two countries laws!)
  • How to work through each of the steps of the process to make sure you comply with legislation but also treat people fairly
  • How to have the hard conversations with people you work with and know are going through tough times in their personal life. We’ll share real examples and real case studies of what to do and what to say.
  • How to re-engage your workforce after a restructure.

Workshop 2: PG’s, Settlements and Mediation

This workshop covers:

  • The legislative issues around employees who raise a Personal Grievance (PG)
  • How to respond to a PG, assessing the situation and risk analysis
  • The law around Settlement Agreements, how and when to use them, the HR issues that you need to plan for and a real case study so if you are writing a Settlement, you know the exact wording you need to use
  • How mediation works. We take you through a case study to prepare for mediation. You’ll learn what documentation to prepare, how to advise and support managers who are attending with you and what do to on the day of mediation.

Workshop 3: Running Investigations

This workshop covers:

  • The law around suspension and investigation allegations
  • Making sure you take the right approach with your investigation depending on whether it is misconduct, serious misconduct or involves bullying/harassment, fraud or issues outside the workplace
  • How to have the conversations that need to happen while you investigate. What should you say? How do you overcome some of the process and psychological issues that can happen with both the accuser and those the allegations are against, as well as those working with them.

Our Facilitators

Nikki Peck

Nikki has over 20 years of generalist HR experience working in diverse sectors such as health, engineering, utilities, retail and not-for-profit.   She always receives fantastic feedback from managers and HR people for making any workshop she runs interesting, entertaining and extremely useful – sharing practical real life examples and answering curly questions. Nikki also runs her own HR consultancy business working with small businesses to help them build culture, work through change and deal with a myriad of HR challenges.

Ilze Walton

Ilze has a blend of experience working within and consulting to different types of organisations from professional services, public services and small businesses/ startups.  She specialises in leadership and culture, organisational design, change management, and strategy.  As an accredited coach and practitioner, Ilze has experience diagnosing organisational effectiveness, and implementing culture and behavioural change solutions. She has a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Human Resources Management and is the founder of the people co-lab.

Laura Trethewey

Laura has an HR career that includes roles with Wilson Hellaby, Walter and Wild and Auckland Meat Processors.

She founded People Ninja’s in 2020 to provide innovative and adaptive HR solutions to businesses.

Laura has expertise in HR, Health and Safety and Learning and Development. She prides herself in being pragmatic, creative and transparent in the way she works and has a Bachelor of Business in HR and Employment Relations.

Mike Mercer

Mike is a Senior Solicitor in Simpson Grierson’s Wellington office. Mike has experience in all aspects of employment law – advising on health and safety, disciplinary and dismissal processes, drafting employment agreements and workplace policies, personal grievance issues, performance management and holidays and leave issues.

Angela Evans

Angela Evans is a partner at BE Employment Law, a newly established specialist firm she co-founded. She has over 15 years as an employment lawyer providing clear, practical advice in all areas of HR.  Angela has presented at elephant conferences and workshops for several years and gets rave reviews for her presentations and advice.

Vanessa Webb

Vanessa’s HR roles include in health, law enforcement and social services. She has also worked as a Labour Inspector with the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, where she honed her skills in investigation work and Holidays Act compliance. Vanessa has a Post Graduate Diploma in HR with Massey University, has a Private Investigator license and enjoys helping resolve conflicts and tease out complex HR situations.

Upcoming Dates:

Dates are listed in the registration form, just click below to register.

We run each workshop every 3 months with a maximum 8 attendees, so you get time to ask questions & discuss.

Investment per workshop

AUD$395 (early bird 4 weeks before workshop) or AUD$495 (full price)

To register, please fill in your details below. Contact us if you want to book 2 or more attendees for a package rate.

Elephant workshops are practical, outcome-based learning sessions so you’ll leave with useful, real-life tools and templates to use when you get back to work. We also have some great discussions and a bit of fun (yes even learning employment law!). We also answer any questions you have with practical solutions and ideas you can really use.

That’s why our workshops are different! We cover the legislation but also how to apply it, and all our facilitators are both employment law experts but have also worked in HR.

If you are looking to understand the fundamentals of Employment Law in NZ then our Essential NZ Employment Law may suit you better.

What people say about attending:

Thank you, I feel better able to talk with my managers and give advice more clearly and back up with good rationale.  I really liked how Nikki gave us good examples on how to phrase your advice to your manager without getting them off-side

Learning about justifications re some of the case law – good to know why a decision was made, course was awesome thank you

A fantastic course overall. The fact that I came away with some essential knowledge meant I could come into work and confidently make changes

The Elephant team really know their stuff and are happy to answer every little niggling question I had during the breaks

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