Session 2: Employee Conduct, Termination and Contractual Issues

Session ID: 183NZA02B
Date: Tuesday, 13 March 2018
Time: 02:00pm - 05:15pm
Venue: Stamford Plaza Auckland, Ground Floor, 22 - 26 Albert St, Auckland

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Date: Tuesday 13 March 2018
Time: 2.00pm to 5.15pm
Venue: Stamford Auckland, 22 - 26 Albert St Auckland

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The need to stay on top of the countless things that can go wrong in any workplace is only exacerbated by the many recent legislative changes and legal developments that simply must be considered, understood and addressed. Our experts will ensure you stay on top of the most important issues in employment law with a day of practical and timely insights into the latest in workplace law.

Chair: Daniel Erickson, Partner, Douglas Erickson; Recommended Employment & WHS Lawyer, Doyle's Guide 2017

Employee Termination and Discipline

  • Legal developments in the area of process and justification for dismissal
  • Disciplinary issues: managing illegal conduct by employees
  • An update on suspension
  • Options and considerations for recording agreements to settle on exit

Prepared by Emma Butcher, Partner, Langton Hudson Butcher; Recommended Employment & WHS Lawyer, Doyle's Guide 2017

Workplace Bullying and Harassment: Minimising the Risks

  • What constitutes workplace bullying and harassment?
  • WorkSafe New Zealand Bullying Guidelines
  • Situations in which workplace bullying and harassment can arise in the workplace
  • What steps can and should be taken to minimise the legal risks?
  • What are the legal consequences of a breach?
  • Recent case law

Prepared by John Rooney, Partner, Simpson Grierson; Leading Employment & WHS Lawyer, Doyle's Guide 2017

Employment Issues Arising from Restructures

  • Processes and procedures: know and avoid the traps
  • Dismissal: getting the process right
  • What to do when a claim of unfair dismissal arises? Practical ways to resolve claims quickly
  • Recent cases

Prepared by Luana Nickels, Senior Associate and Edwin Sheppard, Solicitor, Anthony Harper

Employment Agreements: Tips and Traps

  • Trial period provisions: the minimum requirements
  • Confidential information: how to protect it
  • Restraints of trade: timing, scope, and duration
  • Deduction and liquidated damages clauses: the requirements

Presented by Robbie Bryant, Barrister, Blair Edwards - Employment Lawyers; Chancery Chambers (Auckland) and Blackstone Chambers (Hamilton)

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain insights on minimizing the risk of bullying and harassment in the workplace
  • Consider critical issues in employment agreements and restructures

Chair: Daniel Erickson

Prior to forming Douglas Erickson with Jo in 2016, Daniel Ericksonwas a Partner in another specialist employment law firm for over five years. Daniel has a reputation for providing pragmatic, timely and easy to understand advice. Clients appreciate his helpful, straightforward and concise approach to employment law problem-solving. Daniel assists employers in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, freight and logistics and retail. He enjoys working collaboratively with his clients, gaining a thorough understanding of them and their business. Daniel has also assisted a number of senior executives and CEOs in negotiating the commencement or the ending of their employment. Daniel regularly appears on behalf of his clients in the Employment Relations Authority and the Employment Court. He also frequently represents clients at mediation. Daniel also has expertise in health and safety. He assists clients in relation to complying with their legal obligations under health and safety legislation. He also works with clients following health and safety incidents, during WorkSafe New Zealand investigations and has appeared in the District Court in relation to health and safety prosecutions.

Emma Butcher

Emma Butcher has been a partner at specialist employment law firm LangtonHudsonButcher for a decade, having joined the practice from partnership of a leading national firm. Emma is trusted advisor for employer clients, focussing on commercial resolution of complex employment law issues as soon as possible after they arise. She regularly appears as counsel in the relevant employment jurisdictions.

John Rooney

John Rooney is a partner in Simpson Grierson's employment law group. He specialises in industrial and employment law and health and safety. John advises many of New Zealand's top companies on employment law issues. These include disciplinary and personal grievance hearings, collective bargaining, disputes between unions and employers, employment contracts and service agreements, termination packages, workplace-related stress and injuries, restrictive covenants, confidentiality, business reorganisations, redundancy programmes, mergers and acquisitions, and superannuation (including KiwiSaver). He also advises on consultancy, agency, and other atypical working arrangements. John has advised major organisations on health and safety including acting in relation to investigations and prosecutions. John regularly attends mediations. He frequently represents clients in the Employment Relations Authority and Employment Court.

Luana Nickles

Luana Nickles is a specialist employment lawyer with extensive experience working in both New Zealand and abroad. She previously worked in a top-tier Australian firm where she acted in a number of significant high- profile disputes. Luana acts for both public and private sector clients on all aspects of workplace laws, contentious and non-contentious. She has particular expertise in employment, industrial relations and health and safety laws.

Robbie Bryant

Robbie Bryant is an Associate at Blair Edwards, Employment Lawyers which has offices in Auckland, and Waikato. The practice assists clients nationally, including the Auckland and greater Bay of Plenty regions. Robbie frequently represents clients in negotiations and mediations, and appears before the Employment Relations Authority. He advises on all areas of employment law including exit arrangements, restraint of trade issues, redundancy/restructuring procedures, the Holidays Act 2003, internal investigations and disciplinary/dismissal processes. He has contributed to NZ Business Magazine, and assisted the College of Law with developing practical employment law modules for practitioners. Robbie also provides in-house training for employers on all areas of employment law.

Edwin Sheppard

Venue Details

Stamford Plaza Auckland

Ground Floor, 22 - 26 Albert St
Auckland 1010

Ph: 64 9 309 888


The Stamford Plaza Auckland is a short 5 minute walk from the main

train/bus station Britomart. There is onsite valet parking, charged at a rate

of NZ$45 per car. Alternatively there are numerous public car parks in the

area including Challenge House, 1/3 Wolfe Street.

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