Employment law

Our experienced team of lawyers can provide constructive advice and identify pragmatic solutions on all employment, health and safety, and education law issues. We provide practical advice to clients based on a sound risk assessment process that ensures dispute resolution is aligned with both business and personal needs.  We advise and represent both employers and employees in workplace conflict and dispute resolution.

We provide cost effective specialist advice on the following matters: 

  • Disciplinary processes
  • Performance management
  • Personal grievances and legal disputes
  • Redundancy and restructuring
  • Preparation and review of individual employment agreements and workplace policies
  • Compliance with minimum employment standards
  • Workplace bullying
  • Conducting employment investigations
  • Health and safety compliance, policies and procedures
  • Enforcing restraints of trade, confidentiality and intellectual property
  • Privacy Act issues
  • Parental leave
  • Holidays Act requirements
  • Human rights and discrimination
  • Employment aspects of selling/purchasing a business
  • Dispute resolution at mediation, the Employment Relations Authority, Employment Court and the Human Rights Commission
  • Advice and representation for education providers and/or educators
  • Disciplinary proceedings brought by the Education Council Complaints Assessment Committee
  • Collective bargaining


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Experts in the field


Dr. Joan Forret

Email: joan.forret@harkness.co.nz

Direct Dial: +64 7 834 4662


S-J Davies

Email: sj.davies@harkness.co.nz

Direct Dial: +64 7 834 6682


Alexandria Till

Email: alexandria.till@harkness.co.nz

Direct Dial: 07 834 2630


Robert Davies

Email: robert.davies@harkness.co.nz

Direct Dial: +64 7 834 6687