Medical Law & Ethics Forum

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separately bookable workshop
Employment law for the health sector
1 November 2017 | 1.30 - 5.00

Employment relations in a healthcare setting can be particularly complex. In this workshop delegates will be taken through key employment law principles, how these apply in a healthcare setting, and particular challenges that arise in the health sector.

  • Key employment law principles
  • Health sector overlay
  • Employment Agreements in the health sector
  • Dealing with pressures on the health professionals
  • Managing poor performance
  • Working through complaints about bullying
  • Disciplinary investigations and processes
  • Restructuring and redundancy

Nicola Ridder

Senior Associate

Buddle Findlay

Nicola specialises in employment and industrial relations, health law, and dispute resolution. She has particular expertise in the public health sector, and represents individuals and employers in both the public and private sectors. In terms of employment law, she is an expert in disciplinary processes, bullying and harassment investigations, restructuring, personal grievances, and alternative dispute resolution. On the health law side, she specialises in managing complaints and adverse events, treatment issues (including consent to treatment, competency issues and mental health), health information and privacy, HDC investigations, Coronial inquiries, and the regulation of health professionals. Nicola also has significant in-house experience, having been Principal Legal Advisor, Employee Relations at New Zealand Police and General Counsel at the national office of New Zealand's District Health Boards. In addition to her New Zealand experience, Nicola worked in London as in-house counsel to investment banks. In 2006, for something a little bit different, she completed a graduate qualification in viticulture and wine science.

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