These notes from my Employment Advocacy practice are composite, blending features from a number of individual cases with names and details changed. I keep all my client's business and details absolutely confidential, both as a matter of professional ethics and also to conform with the terms of the settlements reached.

June 3, 2012

Working on shaky ground

The EPMU is the country’s largest private sector union. They have recently given employers in general a “heads up” that they are going to try and negotiate a clause in all their agreements that the employer must establish that the buildings the workforce occupies are “earthquake safe”. This sounds like a good idea – but […]

February 22, 2012

But I really want you to work for me!

Background Ellen had been registered as an Electrician for a number of years, and her first couple of years working for a local family owned firm in a small provincial town were uneventful. The firm had been rebranded as part of a national franchise, and the transition had coincided with a change in management. Vladimir, […]

February 19, 2011

Sometimes the bad guys win.

People adopt and defend positions for a whole range of reasons, but sometimes, a well resourced employer would rather pay an expensive barrister than acknowledge they were wrong. Ultimately they can do that, and if they are prepared to throw money at the fight and escalate the risk for the worker, most people will back […]

February 7, 2011

You never worked weekends – and the dog ate the payslips!

NZ Herald link: Cafe cheated worker of pay The existence of this article raises some interesting questions. When the reporter rang me I realised that my intention to keep everything about all my client’s business confidential was about to be tested. When a client comes to me with a problem, it is easy to keep […]

September 6, 2008

Best Website – 2008 Plain English Awards – Finalist

I just got the news that this site has been selected as a finalist in the Best Website category at the 2008 Plain English Awards. I am delighted! When people go looking for advice on employment law they usually have a problem in their workplace. It may be redundancy, or workplace bullying, or a personal […]

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