Employment Law Update

An essential forum in extraordinary times

24 Sep 2020Cordis, Auckland
Event Details
  • Conference
  • Early bird price $1599 + GST
  • Early bird ends on 27 Aug
  • Last minute price $1699 + GST
  • 24 Sep 2020
  • Workshop(s)
  • Early bird price from $799 + GST
  • Early bird ends on 27 Aug
  • Last minute price from $899 + GST
  • 23 Sep 2020
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separately bookable workshops
Workshop 1- Managing different employment relationships and their accompanying complexities
23rd September 2020 | 9.00 am - 12.30 pm

The last few months have highlighted the importance of employment agreements and how differences in agreements significantly change the outcomes and protections for employees. This half day workshop will cover different types of employment agreements and your liability under each agreement.  

  • Evaluating the differences between triangular, collective, Individual employment agreements 

  • Getting the most out of all your workers and managing these employment relationships   

  • Setting boundaries and defining what can legally be asked of from all parties with different employment relationships  

  • Where do independent contractors fall in the mix and what are they entitled to after Leota v Parcel Express? 

  • Evaluating the Screen Industry Workers Bill and it is following impact- what does it mean for the increased casualisation of the workforce? 

  • Discussing the minimum protections for workers who are not employees  

Sherridan Cook


Buddle Findlay

Sherridan is a partner at Buddle Findlay and leads the Auckland litigation, employment and health and safety teams. He has specialised in these areas for over 20 years and is passionate about them. He enjoys advising a wide range of public and private sector clients on the full range of employment and health and safety issues, but particularly enjoys anything contentious! He is Consultant Editor for Health and Safety Law Made Easy and Employment Law Made Easy (both published by LexisNexis), and is an author of Mazengarb's Personal Grievances text.

Workshop 2- Working through employment law processes- investigations, mediations and negotiations
25th September 2020 | 9.00 am - 12.30 pm

Personal grievances, performance management and investigations are stressful during the best of times and during a crisis, they can be devastating for organisations. This workshop will cover the investigation process, your liability, and tactics to protect yourself during this process.   

  • What are the best practice processes for dealing with misconduct, redundancy, poor performance and medical incapacity?
  • How do these processes differ and what are the pitfalls of each?
  • What is the best way to respond to personal grievances? How does union involvement affect your response?
  • When is it time to negotiate with your employee about exit, and how should you do this?
  • When do you use mediation and how can that be used in responding to grievances or other employment issues?

Mark Donovan


Mark Donovan specialises in Employment Law and Civil Litigation. Committed to providing excellent service and practical results, Mark is available to give clear advice and to assist in the prevention and resolution of employment-related, and other civil, disputes. Mark has presented seminars to clients and interest groups on employment-related legal issues and has written articles for the Employment Law Bulletin and the National Business Review. Mark is a graduate of the University of Auckland with bachelor degrees in Arts and Law (Honours).

Workshop 3- Immigration and employment- preparing for the developing future of the workforce
25th of September | 1.30 pm - 5.00 pm

With closed borders and an uncertain employment landscape, the employment landscape has shifted significantly, and we are still analysing the long-term effects of these changes. This half day workshop will cover everything you need to know about employment and immigration and their current challenges.  

  • Looking at the employment and immigration landscape in a post COVID 19 world 

  • What will a workforce without international workers look like and how it will impact the employment landscape and industrial relations? 

  • Essential skills test- evaluating how closed borders and increased unemployment will affect the ability to source employees with critical skills  

  • Analysing the challenges for industries that depend on migrant workers- the increased training, attitude adjustments and managing productivity in newer employees 

  • Solutions to issues surrounding a lack of immigration and integrating the NZ workforce in traditionally international workers heavy industries 

  • Ensuring that you’re prepared for when borders re-open and how you can manage the influx of workers 

Lukas Sousa

Business Development Manager

Malcolm Pacific Immigration

Lukas Sousa is an experienced New Zealand Licensed Immigration Adviser. He has worked with Malcolm Pacific Immigration, the largest firm of New Zealand immigration experts, for over 6 years giving him the backing of the best in the business. Lukas is well versed in the problems faced by employers who recruit migrant workers. Today Lukas spends his time working with business delivering solutions as visa rules get more complex but skill shortages persist

  • Conference
  • Early bird price $1599 + GST
  • Early bird ends on 27 Aug
  • Last minute price $1699 + GST
  • 24 Sep 2020
  • Workshop(s)
  • Early bird price from $799 + GST
  • Early bird ends on 27 Aug
  • Last minute price from $899 + GST
  • 23 Sep 2020
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