Employment relations

Employment relations

At the heart of excellent employment relations are open and honest communications & technical expertise.

We can provide you with tools on fostering open & honest communications.

We will work alongside you every step of the way to ensure that you legally meet your obligations and that the impact on organisational culture and morale within the business is minimised.

We have the technical expertise within the whole spectrum of employment relations and includes:

  • Developing employment agreements
  • Collective bargaining
  • Policy development & consultation guidelines
  • Interpretation of employment legislation
  • Conflict resolution including; responding to personal grievances, mediation and facilitated meetings to break down barriers
  • Exit packages
  • Leading employment based investigations
  • Employment relations advice and practical solutions
  • Disciplinary action and dismissal support
  • Performance management support
  • Medical Incapacity support

Collective bargaining

The Employment Relations Act defines a collective agreement.

Employment agreements & contracts

Employers have a legal responsibility.

Employment legislation

There are a number of different Acts that can be applicable.

Mediation & resolution

Employment relationship problems can occur.

Restructuring & redundancy

Redundancy could be viewed as another reason for dismissal.

Services

News

25 Oct 2022

Super sleuths get to the root of workplace issues

When Kate Julian and Kerry Tattersall say they are licensed private investigators people usually assume they are tracking errant partners and are disappointed to learn that’s not the case.

11 Oct 2022

Is there an optimal style of workplace leadership?

Over time, psychologists have defined a number of leadership styles. While there isn’t universal agreement on what they are, some are more broadly accepted than others.

30 Aug 2022

Working very remotely while exploring Europe

Director Tracy Hickman has returned from two months of working while offshore. Here she shares the highlights and learnings, in case you are considering a similar trip.

23 Aug 2022

Building and developing a high-performing team

Teams are a powerful asset for any organisation. However, unlike a sports team, in the “real world” we rarely spend time practicing being a team or getting match ready. Rather, we want them to function at a high level every day of the week with little, if any, practice.

14 Jun 2022

Reducing staff angst over returning to the office

Organisations have been considering how to return their employees to the office without alienating them or causing undue anxiety. Flexibility is a key retention strategy in the time of “the Great Resignation” but how do you balance this with “business as usual” back in the office? 

26 May 2022

Have we learned any recruitment lessons yet?

Many businesses seemingly have not changed their approach to recruiting talent, despite the almost constant noise from all industries about how hard it is to find the people their businesses need to grow and succeed.  Are we really going through the same old motions expecting a different result?

06 May 2022

Unpaid hours a lasting side-effect of the COVID-19 pandemic

Working remotely or from home has become the new normal over the past two years, but an unfortunate trend has emerged – the blurring of work and personal time, and a big increase in unpaid hours. Employment experts across the Baker Tilly International network explain how that occurs.

14 Apr 2022

The challenge of setting salary in 2022

Businesses are facing a tough recruitment market and amid talk of the “great resignation”, securing talent and setting competitive remuneration packages has never been more important. Chris Wright, Mattie Smith and Abby Chilcott discuss points to consider.

29 Mar 2022

Employee recruitment and retention in the time of COVID-19

Anyone involved in workplace recruitment has had plenty to think about over the past couple of years.

09 Feb 2022

Employers and COVID-19 - what happens if staff are infected?

With cases in the community expected to hit their peak in the coming weeks, more people are being required to self-isolate.

02 Nov 2021

The Great Resignation – Headache or Opportunity?

A social trend has emerged this year of people leaving their jobs by the masses. This article authored by Auckland HR Adviser Bhavika Singh.

25 Aug 2021

Business Checklist - COVID-19

As we progress up and down Alert Levels, businesses need to review their business continuity plans, and take a flexible mindset to operations.  

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