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 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

Karen Radich is the committee convener. Having practiced for over 25 years in employment law, she specialises in litigation, restructuring, investigation processes, performance management, collective bargaining and mediation. Karen is author of Employment Mediation (2013). She has been recognised in key international legal directories, including Chambers Global (ranked as Leading) and the Legal 500 directory which singled her out for ‘exceptional legal advice’. Karen has been a member of the Employment Law Committee since 2019 and was appointed convenor in 2021. 

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

  • John Hannan
  • Shima Grice
  • Christie Hall
  • Lucia Vincent
  • Ashley-Jayne Lodge
  • Maria Dew QC
  • Paul McBride
  • Alastair Hall

Recent work

In the last 18 months, the committee has made submissions on the Holidays (Bereavement Leave for Miscarriage) Amendment Bill No. 2, the Screen Industry Workers Bill and the Protected Disclosures (Protection of Whistleblowers) Bill.

The committee has also contributed to Law Society submissions to MBIE on: Designing a Fair Pay Agreements system, Addressing temporary migrant worker exploitation, Better protections for contractors and Bullying and harassment at work.

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