As employment lawyers, let us note that employment law (the Employment Relations Act 2000) provides employees who feel they have been treated unjustly by their employer with considerable opportunity to pursue their own remedies. Employers need to be rigorous in ensuring they comply with legislative requirements and meet all statutory obligations.
Claims against employers, in the first instance, go to a mediation process. In the majority of such situations, an agreement is reached at that stage. If agreement is not reached, then the most common route is to the go to a defended hearing in front of the Employment Relations Authority, with a right of appeal to the Employment Court. Somewhat different procedures are available for more complex disputes.
An important part of employment law is to try to avoid the disputes in the first place. This process ought to start with fair and unambiguous employment contracts. Many disputes start with the employer and employee not really knowing the basis of their relationship at the beginning. The process of avoiding disputes then moves on to the proper management of that relationship if difficulties arise. We can help with all of this.
Our employment lawyers Dunedin provide assistance in areas such as:
Business restructuring employment issues
Personal grievances including wrongful dismissal and constructive dismissal
Holiday and sick leave entitlements
Restraints of trade
Occupational safety & health
Independent investigations into allegations
Many of our lawyers have excellent employment law knowledge. If you need employment law advice for an employment dispute or other issues regarding employment or employee rights, we suggest you contact Gerard DeCourcy, who leads our employment lawyer team or David Sim who specialise in this area. David has a particular specialty and experience in undertaking independent investigations for employers into allegations in the workplace.
For employment lawyers providing sound employment law advice, ring Downie Stewart Lawyers Dunedin today: 03-477 2263.