Employment Law for Employees
As an employee, it’s your right to feel valued and respected in a safe and healthy workplace. Are you experiencing employment issues and you’re not sure of your rights in the workplace? Do you feel like you’re being bullied or victimised at work, or have been unfairly sacked? The Lawhub employment team is here to help.
COVID-19 Employment Law Update
The government has extra powers during a crisis but your employer does not. Do any of these situations sound familiar?
Your employer has changed your employment agreement or contract without your permission?
Your employer is making you use annual leave before giving you the Wage Subsidy?
You’ve been made redundant without any due process?
Contact our employment law team immediately, and you can speak to one of our lawyers in Christchurch or Hamilton who can advise you on what to do next.
Before you start any job in New Zealand, your employer must give you an Employment Agreement and allow you a reasonable opportunity to review it before signing. You shouldn’t believe any employer who says you don’t need a contract, or asks you to start work before providing you with all the paperwork.
Your employment agreement sets all the terms and conditions around trial periods, leave and pay. Lawhub
can help you understand complicated or confusing contracts, as well as making sure the employment agreement is legal, so you know exactly what you’re agreeing to.
90 Day Trial Periods
Are you being asked to go on a Trial Period? Under the law, if the business has fewer than 20 employees your employer can put you on a 90 Day Trial periods. If the business has more than 20 employees, including a 90 Day Trial period in your contract is illegal.
Just ask us to look over any employment agreement before you sign it and we can make sure everything is above board.
Personal Grievances and Complaints
Do you feel bullied at work? Micromanaged? Excluded from workplace meetings or social gatherings? Before raising a personal grievance or a workplace bullying claim, it’s best you contact the team at Lawhub.
You can raise a personal grievance if you feel you have been sexually harassed, discriminated against based on your race, age, gender, religion or sexual orientation, or repeatedly bullied. But there are processes that must be followed to make sure we can get the best outcome for you.
Redundancy and Restructuring
If your employer says you are fired on the spot, come and talk to us straight away. Under the law in New Zealand, there are processes that must be followed and you are entitled to be consulted before any decisions around dismissal, restructuring or redundancy are made.
We can advise you on the right steps to take, or represent you to make sure any decision about your employment is fair.
Everyone deserves a fair go in New Zealand. If you’re an employee in Christchurch or Hamilton, contact the employment law team at Lawhub for advice on your rights and options in the workplace.