Work Law = Employment Law
At Work Law Ltd we specialise in Employment Law.
We have a very high success rate in negotiating mutually acceptable agreements between employers and employees through professional engagement with all parties.
Work Law Ltd
Work Law is a team of employment law specialists.
We are Employment Advocates: We provide advice and support for all employment-related issues. We are experts in assisting with exit negotiations, and personal grievances such as unfair dismissals, redundancy problems, sexual harassment, bullying and harassment, and discrimination at work.
When you call Work Law, you will be speaking to an expert who is passionate, knowledgeable, and understanding of how difficult it can be when your employment relationship is unhealthy.
The Work Law team is accomplished at resolving employment and workplace relations issues so you can move on with your professional life and away from conflict and stress.
We offer a free phone consultation service to identify if you have a case to pursue.
Seek legal advice first
We offer an initial consultation by phone or email, so there’s no reason not to seek an expert opinion before you respond if a legal situation has come up at work.
We can often provide you with quick, and practical guidance on the first steps you can take yourself to handle a problematic employment law situation.
We’ve helped thousands of NZ Employees solve their employment law problems, you could be next.
Our legal team focuses on supporting employees through difficult workplace situations. We can navigate New Zealand’s employment laws on your behalf.
By delivering comprehensive employment law advice, assistance, and representation whenever you need it, we can solve your employment law issues. We may resolve your problem quickly through communication with your employer, their Employment Lawyer or Employment Law Advocate. Or we may represent you at mediation.
If your case has to go to the Employment Relations Authority or the Employment Court, we can support you all the way.
When an employment relationship is tested to it’s limits, it can be in the best interests of both you and your employer to come to an amicable agreement to settle matters and part ways. Having an expert negotiate on your behalf removes the ‘personal’ from the professional, and paves the way for a strategic exit when the employment relationship has no future.
A personal grievance is any concern, problem or complaint that you may wish to raise with your employer. It could relate to anything, for example working conditions, pay, failure of process, or any aspect of how your employer is treating you or allowing colleagues to treat you.
The timing of lodging a grievance is crucial. You must bring the issue to the attention of your employer within 90 days prior to raising the personal grievance. If you doubt the validity of your grievance, the timing of raising it, or what remedies you should ask for, you can call us for free advice.
New Zealand employees are protected by the unjustified dismissal provisions of the Employment Relations Act 2000. Section 103 of the Act states that an employee can bring a personal grievance against their employer if they believe they have been unjustifiably dismissed.
If you have been dismissed without a fair process, you can call us, and we will help identify whether your employment rights have been breached.
A disciplinary meeting is a process your employer can follow to resolve an issue before it becomes a problem. Although stressful, unless the process is incorrect or the reason is unfair, you need to engage in the process. You can take a support person to your disciplinary meeting, that person could be a legal representative or a friend or family member who can speak for you if necessary. It’s an excellent idea to record the meeting in case you are dismissed, and you feel the process was incorrect, or the reason for the meeting and/or subsequent dismissal was unreasonable. It’s free to call our helpline for advice if you need it.
A warning, either verbal or written is part of the disciplinary process. If you have had warnings previously your employer could escalate the process towards a final warning or dismissal. You should take any warning seriously, and make sure you clearly understand the reason for and the implication of the warning. If you need help understanding the process, or if it seems to you that the warning is unreasonable, it’s free to call us for a free consultation.
Employment Mediation Services within the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) provides a free mediation service to any employee or employer with an employment relationship problem. The mediator helps to resolve the employment relationship problem in a semi-formal and confidential environment.
Many people represent themselves, however, representation by an experienced employment advocate or an employment lawyer can help you achieve the best outcome in your case.