32nd Annual Industrial and Employment Relations Summit (IER)

Leading a modernised workforce in changing regulatory tides

7 - 8 Mar 2018Crowne Plaza, Auckland
Event Details
separately bookable workshops
Conducting a sufficient investigation
6 March 2018 | 9:00am - 12:30pm

Investigations represent an opportunity to remove a misbehaving employee but also present significant risk if conducted incorrectly. This workshop will give you practical lessons on how to conduct a proper and thorough investigation, avoiding making a costly mistake during the process.

  • Looking at what constitutes “sufficient investigation” in the eyes of the Employment Court
  • Providing a step by step guide of putting together an employee investigation
  • Developing questioning skills and conducting interviews
  • Responding to conflicting information and misleading answers
  • Avoiding wasting time in the investigations process
  • Consulting with staff and adequately explaining the situation
  • Managing the rights and expectations of all parties involved
  • Looking at and learning from recent case law - where have employers gone wrong with employee investigations

Kylie Dunn


Russell McVeagh

Strategies for restructure & redeployment processes
6 March 2018 | 1:30pm - 5:00pm

With pressures to align business strategies alongside a modernised workforce and digital future, businesses are challenged with the need to restructure. However, redundancies should be the last resort for businesses going through brave change. An effective approach for organisational
restructure to reduce risk and retain talent is to redeploy staff. In this workshop gain in-depth knowledge on the processes to manage transitions and minimise risk.

  • Defining business objectives for the change and transition
  • Developing consultation processes
  • Highlighting the nature of new roles and working collaboratively with staff • Managing employee grievances and conflict of interest during selection process
  • Avoiding pitfalls and dealing with risk

Chris Baldock

Senior Associate

Minter Ellison Rudd Watts

Chris has extensive experience advising corporate clients on a wide range of employment and health and safety matters. With a background in commercial litigation, Chris regularly represents clients in mediations and in proceedings before the Employment Relations Authority and the courts. He advises on all employment related matters, including statutory compliance, restraints of trade, disciplinary investigations, restructuring processes, personal grievances, poor performance, leave entitlements, employment agreements and policies, industrial relations, and workplace health and safety.

Holidays Act Masterclass
9 March 2018 | 9:00am - 4:30pm

Confusion over the Holidays Act has become apparent 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 avoid making mistakes with Holidays Act 2003 entitlements.

  • Providing a step by step guide for determining entitlements under the Holidays Act 2003
  • Understanding and determining entitlements for employees with variable hours or overtime
  • Looking at the process to follow for an office closedown period
  • Cashing in annual holiday entitlements - tax obligations, public holidays and employee protections
  • Delving into payroll issues, documentation and information storage
  • Understanding the process for transfer of public holidays
  • Explaining what went wrong in payroll miscalculations in 2016
  • Discussing your common “pain points” and solutions in the Holidays Act 2003
  • Understanding what changes your company needs to make to ensure compliance with the Holidays Act 2003

Jim Roberts


Hesketh Henry

Jim helps his clients, who are from a range of industries, develop their employment strategies which include collective bargaining, personal grievance processes, disputes, human rights, health and safety and accident compensation. As well as providing strategic legal advice, Jim has been involved in collective bargaining in industries as varied as aviation, maritime, dairy, meat, finance, electricity, telecommunications and insurance. Jim also assists his clients with compliance work in order to minimise their exposure to risk, with a particular focus on employment agreements and policies. He also regularly advises on issues arising from mergers and acquisitions, from strategic advice regarding the transfer of employees, through due diligence to offers of employment. During his career, Jim has acted on a number of leading cases. Particular highlights are a Court of Appeal benchmark case on the correct approach to interpretation of collective agreements and appearing in the Privy Council regarding employment jurisdiction.

Mo Al Obaidi


Hesketh Henry

Mo Joined Hesketh Henry in 2016 after working at a highly regarded boutique employment law firm in Wellington. He also previously worked for an Auckland based organisation acting exclusively for employers. Mo graduated with conjoint degrees in law and accounting in 2013 from the University of Waikato and was admitted to the Bar in June 2013. He is a past president of the Waikato University Law Students’ Association, and past Council Member of the New Zealand Law Students’ Association. Mo regularly advises employers and employees on performance management, disciplinary procedures, redundancy and restructuring processes, restraint of trade and non-solicitation issues, personal grievances, holidays, leave and pay issues. Mo also provides advice on, and assists clients with statutory compliance, drafting and interpreting employment agreements and policies. Mo assists clients with mediation and represents clients at the Employment Relations Authority and Employment Court. Clients value Mo’s pragmatic, commercially focused, and technically sound advice.

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