Essential Employment Law

Employment lawyers are able to see things as black and white – but in HR and people management it doesn’t work like that. We can’t just give an opinion on what the legislation says. We have to think about how it applies to different situations where there isn’t one right answer. Then we have to  find something that works for everyone. This often involves weighting up risks and figuring our possible consequences as well as the culture of the company.

That’s why our workshop is different! We cover the legislation but also how to apply it, and all our facilitators are both employment law experts but have also worked in HR.

Course Content

The workshop covers not just 13 pieces of legislation but also the key points around restructuring and disciplinary procedures. You’ll cover:

  • Employment Relations Act – what clauses you need, how to deal with issues around casuals, part timers, fixed terms & contractors as well as Collective Bargaining, trial periods and flexible working.
  • Holidays Act – HR tools to deal with sick leave issues as well as provisions for annual, bereavement & public holidays.
  • Human Rights & Privacy Acts – scenario’s to look at how the legislation really applies to your recruitment & HR processes.
  • Health & Safety Act – the 2016 changes and what you need to do to comply with legislation & provide a safe workplace.
  • The smaller Acts – Parental Leave, Minimum Wage, KiwiSaver, Juries Act, Wages Protection, Protected Disclosures, Criminal Record, Domestic Violence Leave & ACC.
  • Dismissals and Restructuring – what does the legislation and case law say are the steps you must take & clauses to be aware of.

Who should attend?

The following people have found real value in attending our Essential Employment Law workshop:

  • HR people who are new to New Zealand from Australia, South Africa the UK and a few other countries in between!
  • Office Managers or administrators with HR responsibilities
  • HR Advisors or Managers who want a refresher on employment law
  • Managers who want to be able to answer questions from their team about employment legislation

Why is our training different?

Our facilitators are HR experts who know employment law but not employment lawyers. Employment lawyers can tell you the law, but haven’t had to put it in place in an organisation. Our team know how to apply legislation in real life and have seen all the challenges that come up – so can share how it works in real life and how to overcome those challenges.

We also promise you’ll have some fun learning. Our facilitators always receive fantastic feedback from those who attend who say that they get real value from getting answers to all their questions (however strange or unusual!) and really enjoy the whole day as well as learning lots. 

Our Facilitators

Nikki Peck

Nikki has over 20 years of generalist HR experience working in diverse sectors such as health, engineering, utilities, retail and not-for-profit.   She always receives fantastic feedback from managers and HR people for making any workshop she runs interesting, entertaining and extremely useful – sharing practical real life examples and answering curly questions.

Ilze Walton

Ilze has a blend of experience working within and consulting to different types of organisations from professional services, public services and small businesses/ startups.  She specialises in leadership and culture, organisational design, change management, and strategy.  She has a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Human Resources Management and is the founder of the people co-lab.

Laura Trethewey

Laura has an HR career that includes roles with Wilson Hellaby, Walter and Wild and Auckland Meat Processors.

Laura has expertise in HR, Health and Safety and Learning and Development. She prides herself in being pragmatic, creative and transparent in the way she works and has a Bachelor of Business in HR and Employment Relations.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Auckland – Thursday 20 April
  • Wellington – Thursday 4 May
  • ONLINE workshop – 7 & 8 June (both mornings)
  • Auckland – Thursday 13 July
  • Wellington – Thursday 17 August


Face to face workshop – early bird (4 weeks before) $995 + GST

Full Price $1,295 + GST

Online Virtual workshop $695

Our venues are in Parnell, Auckland and Willeston Street, Wellington

We also run an online workshop for those who can’t make it to Auckland or Wellington. Workshop dates are above but we also schedule further date depending on booking numbers. We make the session as much like a face to face workshop as we can, with discussions and questions

How the online workshop runs

You attend a virtual session to cover the Employment Relations Act, then watch some on demand webinars about disciplinary and restructuring. You complete some case studies, then the following session attend a second virtual session which is 3 hours to discuss the cases, and cover the other legislation. You still get to discuss, share and ask questions. You’ll get sent a copy of the workbook to make notes in as you work through the session. All you’ll then need is a quiet room, an Internet connection, computer and headphones or phone.  It’s as close to being there in person as we can make it!  

What people say about attending:

Thank you, I feel better able to talk with my managers and give advice more clearly and back up with good rationale.  I really liked how Nikki gave us good examples on how to phrase your advice to your manager without getting them off-side

Learning about justifications re some of the case law – good to know why a decision was made, course was awesome thank you

A fantastic course overall. The fact that I came away with some essential knowledge meant I could come into work and confidently make changes

The Elephant team really know their stuff and are happy to answer every little niggling question I had during the breaks

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