Employee / Contractor Services

At Workplace Law Specialists, we have a wealth of knowledge and experience in regard to the rights and legal obligations owed to an employee or contractor in the workplace.

Additionally, our team is able to assist an employee or contractor in matters that have been initiated by their employer. We will help to ensure that you, as an employee or contractor, understand your rights and obligations, and we will work swiftly and pragmatically to find a resolution to the matter at hand.

  • Employment Agreements
  • Independent Contracts
  • Franchise Agreements
  • Disciplinary Investigations and Meetings
  • Change Management and Restructuring
  • Workplace Bullying
  • Recovery of Wages
  • Harassment Issues
  • Representation at any Proceedings
  • Restraint of Trade
  • Policy Review and Advice
  • Post Employment Obligations and Issues
  • Disestablishment and Redundancy Issues
  • Personal Grievances
    • Unjustified Disadvantage, Dismissal and Discrimination
  • Reinstatement
  • Performance Management
  • Workplace Disputes
  • Exit Strategies and Settlement Negotiations
  • Employment Negotiations and Mediations
  • Privacy and Human Rights issues
  • Health and Safety
  • Contractual and Statutory rights and obligations
  • Civil Mediations, Litigation and Disputes

Employment Agreements

  • Review of proposed employment agreements for employees.
    • Review and advise on new, existing or contemplated employment agreements.
    • Providing advice on essential and non-essential terms, trial periods and hours of work.
    • Ensuring agreements comply with legal requirements.
    • Providing advice on existing employment agreements and variations.
    • Providing advice on the different types of work from permanent to fixed term or casual employment.


Review and advice on Employment Policies, including health and safety and company handbooks


Performance Management / Performance Improvement Plans (PIPs)

  • Providing guidance, support and assistance to employees engaged in performance management processes.


Restructuring and Redundancy

  • Providing support and advice for clients affected by disestablishments and redundancy.
  • Providing advice on the consultation process.
  • Review of documentation and advise on substance.


Reviews and Disciplinary Processes including warnings and dismissals

  • Providing assistance and representation to employees involved in disciplinary processes including warnings, dismissals and investigations.
  • Providing advice to contractors on termination provisions and potential breaches of contract.


Workplace Disputes

  • Environmental issues
  • Personnel complaints
  • Payment and compliance issues
  • Supporting healthy work environments


Employment Relationship Issues including Privacy, Health & Safety

  • Advice on bullying and harassment issues
  • Advice regarding culture and perception of behaviour in the workplace
  • Stress management in the workplace


Employment Law Compliance

  • Advice based on employee obligations
  • We provide advice on the following Acts:
    • Employment Relations Act 2000
    • Holidays Act 2003
    • Parental Leave and Employment Protection Act 1987
    • Health and Safety at Work Act 2015
    • Human Rights Act 1993
    • A variety of commercial and civil statutes


Mediation, the Employment Relations Authority and the Employment Court

  • Representation for employees in employment related mediations and hearings.


Personal Grievances and Dispute Resolution

  • Assistance in resolving employment relationship problems and personal grievances
  • Negotiation of terms of settlement
  • Provision of advice to clients engaged in, or defending, employment claims
  • Attendance at mediations
  • Representation in the Employment Relations Authority or other courts regarding employment matters


Advice on post-employment issues including Restraints of Trade, Non-Solicitation and Protection of Confidential Information


Civil and Commercial Advice and Disputes

  • Providing advice and representation in contractual disputes;
  • Representation at commercial mediation and court appearances.
We assist and advise Employees:

Contact us

formerly O'Sullivan and Associates
New Zealand Law Society
Resolution Institute