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Employment Law

As an employer, it’s your responsibility to make sure your employees feel valued and respected.

It’s part of an employee’s entitlement to fair treatment in a safe and healthy workplace.

We can help you adhere to your legal obligations to ensure that your employment relationships get off on, and stay on, the right footing.

Employment Agreements

Before hiring anyone new, you must provide an Employment Agreement and give your prospective employee a reasonable opportunity to review it before signing. If you want to be able to enforce the clauses in your Employment Agreement, you must make sure the contract is signed and returned to you before they start working.

How accurate is your Employment Agreement? It may be tempting to use one of the free Employment Agreement templates available online, but more often than not, they do not reflect actual conditions at your workplace. A tailored Employment Agreement will help you manage and negotiate potential employment issues before they become disputes.

Personal Grievances and Complaints

Successful businesses rely on solid cooperation and teamwork, so what do you do if someone raises a complaint (employment relationship problem) or personal grievance?

Grievances or complaints could be about workplace bullying, sexual harassment, unfair dismissal, discrimination due to race, age, gender, religion or sexual orientation.

Your next words and actions must be carefully thought out. Responding to complaints and grievances can involve mediation through the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, or privately with your employee’s lawyer or advocate.

We can advise you on the process and possible outcomes, as well as negotiate, represent and mediate on your behalf with your employee’s lawyer.

Dismissing An Employee

There are many reasons for wanting an employee to leave. Poor productivity, worrisome or disruptive behavior, or incompatibility with your team culture are all serious workplace behaviours that must be addressed. If dismissing them is an appropriate solution, it must be handled properly.

To prevent any challenges or personal grievance claims, you will have to justify your actions, and prove that the actions you took were what a fair and reasonable employer could have done in the circumstances.

Our Employment Law team can help you follow due process around employee dismissal or disciplinary action, protecting you and your Christchurch business against disputes in future.

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If you can see issues in workplace behavior, it’s important to seek early advice. You may want to record a timeline of events and write down any encounters or actions you take. It’s also a good idea to keep copies of the employee’s job description, payslips, their employment agreement and any communications with that person.

Get real employment solutions from real people. For a complimentary, 30 minute consultation on any employment law issues in Christchurch, contact Godfreys Law on 03 366 7469.