Employment Masterclass

Employment Masterclass

Employment Masterclass

When: 4.30pm to 6pm , Thursday 31 October 2019

Where: Northern Club, Princes St, Auckland

A change of government very often brings about a change in employment law and policy and this has been the case with the current Labour-led government. This afternoon seminar, aimed at practised employment lawyers and litigators, surveys these policy and legislative developments. In addition, the speakers will examine recent employment case law.  Topics include: 

  • Applying employment disciplinary processes to behaviour outside the workplace – when can/should an employer act? What are the outer limits? How does this apply to the expression/manifestation of unpopular opinion and/or obnoxious (but not unlawful) behaviour? The Israel Folau case, and New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 issues re individual liberties as to opinions/behaviour/speech.  Wikaira v Chief Executive of Dept of Corrections[2016] NZEmpC 175, Hallwright v Forsyth Barr Limited[2013] NZEmpC 202.
  • "Reinstating reinstatement as a remedy"; changes to the Employment Relations Act 2000 by the Labour led government reinstated reinstatement as a primary remedy; but what will this practically mean? Discussion of principles and cases including the recent case of Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories Ltd v Scott  [2019] NZEmpC 113.
  • "An Historic Policy Shift in Employment Law Towards Greater Protection of Employee and Union Rights". The Labour-led government has embarked on a program of wide and deep reform in employment law. This presentation will among other topics cover pay equity (the Equal Pay Amendment Bill), and the plethora of legislation/bills and working party reports, almost entirely based on a government policy to strengthen the rights of and protections to employees and unions.

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