31st Annual Industrial & Employment Relations (IER) Summit

The latest legal developments to help you protect your organisation

separately bookable workshops
Workshop One: Conducting A "Sufficient" Investigation
13 March 2017 | 9.00am - 12.30pm

Investigations represent an opportunity to ensure a fair process and increase the chances of a justified dismissal, but only if they are done correctly. This workshop will give you practical lessons on how to conduct a proper and thorough investigation and how to avoid making a costly mistake during the process.

  • What constitutes a “sufficient investigation” in the eyes of the courts?
  • Whether to conduct an internal investigation or to use someone external
  • How to brief out an external investigation
  • A step by step guide to putting together an internal investigation, including developing questioning skills and conducting interviews
  • Developing questioning skills and conducting interviews
  • Responding to conflicting information and misleading answers
  • Managing the rights and expectations of all parties involved
  • Lessons to be learned from recent case law - where have employers gone wrong with employee investigations?

Kylie Dunn


Russell McVeagh

Kylie Dunn is a partner in Russell McVeagh's litigation team, specialising in employment law. She was named New Zealand's Star Associate for Employment law in Chambers and Partners in February 2016. Kylie has advocacy experience at all levels of the court system, including mediation, the Employment Relations Authority, Employment Court, High Court and Court of Appeal. Her practice includes advising on all aspects of relationships with unions (including collective bargaining and industrial action), the protection of confidential information, personal grievances (including misconduct and redundancy), investigations and employment issues arising in relation to the sale of a business and professional misconduct/shareholder disputes. Kylie also advises on issues arising under the Holidays Act, Privacy Act, Human Rights Act and Health and Safety at Work Act.

Workshop Two: Collective Negotiations Masterclass
13 March 2017 | 1.30pm - 5.00pm

The collective bargaining process is fraught with difficulty and risk and when negotiations fall through the consequences on an organisation are immense. This workshop will give delegates the practical tools to ensure a successful bargaining process and support a productive dialogue during negotiation.

  • Looking at the importance of the bargaining process
  • Delving into the idea of “good faith” and what is required to be reasonable
  • Discussing essential negotiation skills for the bargaining process
  • Providing an overview of wage increase rates and linking pay to specific performance targets
  • Techniques to avoid a stalemate situation
  • Explaining tips and tricks for handling difficult negotiations
  • Reaching beneficial conclusions and finalising agreements
  • Surviving strikes and lockouts

Rebecca Rendle

Senior Associate

Simpson Grierson

Rebecca is a senior associate in Simpson Grierson's employment law group. She is experienced in all aspects of employment law including advising on personal grievance claims and restructuring, disciplinary, and performance management processes. Rebecca regularly attends mediations and has appeared in the Employment Relations Authority and Employment Court. She also advises clients throughout collective bargaining including on the development of bargaining claims, the bargaining process and industrial action.

Workshop Three: Holidays Act Intensive
16 March 2017 | 9.00am - 4.30pm

Confusion over the Holidays Act has become clear in the past year after underpayment has been discovered in several large organisations. This practical workshop will help participants gain a greater understanding of their obligations under the Holidays Act 2003 and avoiding making mistakes with Holiday’s Act entitlements.

  • Providing a step by step guide for calculating Holidays Act pay entitlements
  • Looking at the process to follow for an office shut down period
  • Understanding annual leave entitlements for workers with variable hours
  • Cashing in Annual Leave entitlements – tax obligations, public holidays and employee protections
  • Delving into payroll documentation and information storage
  • Understanding the process for transference of public holidays
  • Discussing your common “pain points” in the Holidays Act and solutions
  • Explaining what went wrong in payroll miscalculations in 2016
  • Calculating pay entitlements for employees with variable hours or overtime
  • Understanding what changes your company needs to make to ensure compliance with the act

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