Employment Law

Employment law is a critical part of Dukesons Business Law's legal practice. Being able to provide advice to clients as an employment lawyer is an important adjunct to being able to provide a wide range of advice as a business lawyer or commercial lawyer. Employment Law is a demanding area of business law.

There's no shortage of employment law cases coming before the Employment Relations Tribunal and the Employment Court. Some legislation is difficult to apply due to its complexity or uncertainty, despite being in force for many years e.g. the Holidays Act. Employment Law is constantly changing (mainly due to changes in Government but sometimes due to developments in case law) and the demands on employers seem to be forever increasing. Overseas businesses operating in New Zealand find that our employment law can be very different to what they're used to.

For many businesses, especially small businesses, the increasing burdens on employers are an additional hurdle to doing business and the legal requirements in relation to employment law can seem baffling and sometimes complex. The very heavy onus on following correct procedure in relation to disciplinary matters and redundancies has tripped up many employers.

It's easy for employees to raise employment disputes and to bring personal grievances, so that care is required both in terms of having appropriate documentation and in following correct procedure. Even large businesses (with their HR personnel and access to expert lawyers from the larger law firms) have been found wanting. Attention to detail can be critical.

Employment Services include:

  • Employment Law advice.
  • Independent Contractor Agreements.
  • Employment Agreements (Employment Contracts).
  • Employment Disputes.
  • Health and Safety Issues.
  • Mediation.
  • Personal Grievances.
  • Policies (including essential policies like disciplinary and computer policies).
  • Privacy.
  • Redundancies and Restructuring.
  • Restraints of Trade.

Dukesons Business Law is known for its expertise, for meeting client deadlines, and for keeping clients informed of progress. That's why clients keep coming back to Dukesons.

See our testimonials from clients and professionals.

2 Enfield Street, Mt Eden, Auckland 1024. PO Box 946, Shortland Street, Auckland 1140.
Telephone: +64 9 379 4556 Mobile: 021 404 306. Fax: +64 9 379 4557 Email: steve@dukesons.co.nz