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Employment Law Committee

The Employment Law Committee makes submissions on proposed changes to employment legislation. The Committee also maintains a close relationship with the judiciary and relevant government departments that oversee employment law.

About Us

The NZLS Employment Law Committee was established in 1995 to monitor and make submissions on employment legislation and case law; comment on issues, practices and procedures affecting employment law practitioners; create effective communication with employment interest groups, courts, tribunals and government departments; and assist with practitioner education.

Our People

Maria Dew QC has more than 25 years’ experience as a litigator, with a specialist practice in employment law, professional misconduct and related civil litigation. Maria is regularly appointed as an independent investigator to conduct public and private sector employment investigations, and she also acts as a commercial mediator. Maria currently serves as the Deputy Chair of the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal.

Membership of the committee is made up of experts in the field of employment law:

  • Shima Grice
  • Christie Hall
  • John Hannan
  • Stephen Langton
  • Tim Oldfield
  • Michael Quigg
  • Professor Paul Roth
  • Lucia Vincent

NZLS contact: Lucette Kuhn, Law Reform Adviser
DX SP20202 or PO Box 5041, Wellington 6145

Recent Work

In the last 18 months, the committee has made submissions on the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill, Regulatory Systems (Workplace Relations) Amendment Bill, Maritime Transport Amendment Bill, Domestic Violence–Victims’ Protection Bill, Employment Relations (Allowing Higher Earners to Contract Out of Personal Grievance Provisions) Amendment Bill, and the Care & Support Worker (Pay Equity) Settlement Bill.

The committee also contributed to NZLS comments on the Ministry of Justice’s proposed restructure of service delivery to support courts and tribunals (focusing in particular on the need to retain institutional knowledge and skills supporting the specialist courts and tribunals).

The committee, with support from NZLS Branches around the country, also commented on a Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment change proposal relating to employment mediation services.

Additionally, the committee has had on-going communication with the Employment Court and MBIE regarding various employment law issues.

Get involved

Appointments are made to this committee biennially. If you have a passion for law reform, skills, interest and expertise in employment law and the time and energy to commit, then get involved.

Membership of this committee allows you to play an important role in employment law reform and is an excellent basis for professional development as well as collegiality and networking.

Additionally, substantive contribution to NZLS law reform may count towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Applications for the 2017 appointment round have closed. The next appointment round will be in mid-2019.

Last updated on the 25th January 2019