Employment Law Advocacy - Employment Law matters with resolution focused solutions
We assist employees, employers and employment lawyers with dedicated pages of information for Employees and Employers. Our first consultation is free, so you can call us for a chat on our free 0800 number, 0800 HELP ME (0800 435 763) or email email@example.com about your situation without the fear that this conversation will utilise your hard earned savings for this initial chat.
24/7 Message Service
If something has happened to you at work and you need immediate assistance, call me 24/7 for free (even from your mobile phone) on 0800 HELP ME (0800 435 763). You can call me any time, including after normal hours, on the weekends and during public holidays. Should I be unavailable due to being in a mediation, an Employment Relations Authority hearing, a meeting with an employment lawyer or it is after hours, then leave a quick message and I will call you back at my next available opportunity. This will be either during my next break or as soon as I get your message and normal business hours resume. Should you prefer to text me then send your text to 021 77 1919.
Unless your physical safety is in danger, then it is best to get advice before responding to any situation. Many employees and employers are initially right in what they have done or in their interpretation about what has happened. However, they have often let themselves down by responding with a communication that has either very much reduced the strength of their case or, they have dug themselves a hole that they now will have difficulty climbing out of.
Please be mindful that, if your call is after hours, we may not be able to get back to you straight away. At the latest, we will answer messages on the next business day or earlier if time permits.
Answers to common employment law problems can be found on our FAQ page. If your question is not listed here, then ask me directly and I will answer for free.
In the past seven years to the end of July 2017, I have personally concluded 916 disputes of which 873 have resulted in the parties successfully resolving their differences as a result of our negotiations. This is a success rate of 95.3%. I have also had 32 determinations from the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) of which I have won 24/28 representing employees and 1/3 representing the employer. There has been one matter before the Employment Court representing an employee that I have also won.
What we Do
I help both employees and employers resolve employment problems. This is achieved either directly or via the other side's employment lawyer or advocate, the Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment, the Employment Relations Authority or the Employment Court.
My site is divided into two separate areas, one for employers and the other for employees. One of my points of difference, in comparison to other employment specialists and employment lawyers, is that I am resolution focused and I pride myself on being able to view a dispute from both sides.
Encouraging people to focus on a resolution helps resolve the situation in a pragmatic manner without anyone spending a fortune on legal or representation fees. I am able to do this due to my mediation background. I have another site dedicated to this, mediate.co.nz. Once you have viewed the material of interest to you, I would recommend that you then explore what I have to say on the other half of my site. i.e. employees take a read of the employer information and employers take a read of the employee information.
How We Help
Virtually all employment situations can be resolved consensually with the likes of myself, or any other advocate or employment lawyer, provided both sides are prepared to be pragmatic, fair, reasonable and are able to communicate effectively.
Save yourself fees and try to communicate with the other side first. If you do nothing then I can guarantee you at least one outcome - that outcome is nothing! If that does not work, or you feel uncomfortable in doing so, then by all means contact me on 0800 HELP ME (0800 435 763), fill in the quick confidential contact form to the right or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
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