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Employment Law Update Series

Be prepared for employment law changes affecting your business and clients by; understanding key concepts in the Holidays Act and how to apply them to your payroll and understanding how to avoid and resolve personal grievances from staff so you can focus on business.

Content Description

Keep up to date with changes in employment law. This series informs employers and their advisors so they can prepare and prevent problems with staff, payroll and compliance with minimum entitlements.

Session Information

Part 1: Employment Law Changes

Employment law changes impact on employer obligations. Find out about changes to:

  • Rules when you buy or sell a business with vulnerable staff.
  • Minimum employment standards.
  • Rest and meal breaks. Trial periods.
  • Labour hire companies and voluntary associations.
  • Collective bargaining.
  • Understand how these changes to affect employers to ensure your business or advice complies.

Part 2: Holidays Act Update

Knowing what to pay and when is essential to comply with the Holidays Act. Attend this session to:

  • Refresh yourself on key concepts such as relevant and average daily pay and ordinary.
  • Weekly pay or average weekly earnings.
  • Understand when exceptions apply, such as cashing up annual holidays.
  • Discuss the Domestic Violence Bill and other proposed changes that impact on payroll.
  • Know more about how a review of Holidays Act workability could impact on future law and what creating an awards system would do.

Part 3: Personal Grievances – What they are and how to avoid them

No employer wants to face a personal grievance. What is a personal grievance and how can you avoid them? What will it cost if you end up facing one despite your best attempts not to?:

  • Understand unjustified dismissals and disadvantage.
  • Spot a dispute over how to interpret a contract and when to call it an employment relationship problem.
  • Get the goods on when it’s fair to dismiss and what a just process looks like. Learn about trends in remedies and what it could cost in the Authority.
  • Tips and tricks on how to resolve and ideally avoid legal costs later on.

Learning Outcomes

Part 1: Employment Law Changes

Upon satisfactory completion of this recorded webinar you will be able to:

  • Explain what changes are in the Parliamentary pipeline.
  • Describe how changes could impact your business or your clients.
  • Identify who you can engage on a trial period and for how long and how to record breaks.

Part 2: Holidays Act Update

Upon satisfactory completion of this recorded webinar you will be able to:

  • Describe minimum employment entitlements for payroll.
  • Explain how to avoid penalties for failing to get it right..

Part 3: Personal Grievances – What they are and how to avoid them

Upon satisfactory completion of this recorded webinar you will be able to:

  • Explain what a personal grievance is.
  • Employ a fair and reasonable process when disciplining an employee.
  • Predict how much it could cost if you get it wrong.


Leave knowing what decisions and process your business needs to support successful working relationships. You will be able to avoid common pitfalls and comply with recent Employment Law changes.

Lucia Vincent, is an experienced advisor and skilled advocate in all employment related matters, having specialised for over 10 years. She finds solutions for businesses, professionals, and individuals. Her work includes developing robust employment agreements and policy, successfully navigating disciplinary, performance, restructuring and personal grievance issues, right through to resolving and representing clients in mediation, the Authority and Court. Lucia convenes the Employment Law Committee for the Otago Branch of the New Zealand Law Society. She also recently joined the National Employment Law Committee. She is actively involved in employment law advocacy and reform.


Topic: Business Mindset, Corporate Finance, Future Focused, People & Leadership

Sub-Topic: Operational Excellence, Risk Management, Solve Problems, Sustainability, Talent Management

Format: Recorded Webinar

Proficiency Level: Foundation, Intermediate

CPD: 3.5 hours