New Zealand Law Society - Employment Law Committee

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 is the convenor of the Employment Law Committee and has more than 25 years’ experience as a litigator. In 2000, she commenced practice as a barrister in Auckland and is a member of Bankside Chambers. Maria was appointed as Queens Counsel in 2018. She has a specialist practice in employment law, professional misconduct and related civil litigation. Maria is also regularly appointed as an independent investigator to conduct public and private sector employment investigations.

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

  • John Hannan
  • Shima Grice
  • Christie Hall
  • Lucia Vincent
  • Karen Radich
  • Ashley-Jane Lodge

Recent Work

In the last 18 months, the committee has made submissions on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, the Employment Relations (Triangular Employment) Amendment Bill, the Health and Safety at Work (Volunteer Associations) Amendment Bill, the Equal Pay Amendment Bill, and the Regulatory Systems (Workforce) Amendment Bill (No 2).

The committee has also contributed to submissions on a Holidays Act review issues paper, and a review of the Protected Disclosures Act.

Get Involved

Appointments are made to this committee biennially. 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.

Applications will be called for in mid-2021, for the next 2-year term starting September 2021.

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