Employment Law

Once a week, at each of our offices, we have Drop-In Sessions where you can meet with lawyers who specialise in employment law.

Some of the issues that Community Law may be able to help you with include:

  • Helping you understand your labour rights
  • Bringing a “personal grievance” if your employer has done something you think is unjustified (such as dismissing, bullying, suspending or demoting you) or something illegal (such as discriminating against you or sexually harassing you)
  • Disputes about how your employment agreement should operate or be interpreted
  • Recovering unpaid wages
  • Talking through the processes available for taking action against your employer, including mediation and going to the Employment Relations Authority
  • Discussing Labour inspectors and how they can help with employment relationship problems
  • Advice before you sign employment agreements.

When things go wrong in an employment relationship the two sides are expected to deal with each other in good faith to try to resolve the situation. If you need help resolving an issue with your employer, the law provides processes for this. We can help you decide if you want to engage in a process, and support you through that.

If you want immediate information, the relevant section of The Community Law Manual may be able to help.

Our specialist Employment clinics are held every week at the following times

  • Tuesday 5.30pm – 7.30pm in our Lower Hutt | Te Awa Kairangi Office, Level 2, 59 Queens Drive, Lower Hutt
  • Wednesday 5.30pm – 7pm in our Wellington | Te Whanganui-a-Tara office, Level 8, 203 Willis St

Please also check our outreach clinic timetable for services in your suburb.