Employment Law

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 and your employer can’t resolve the problem yourselves, the law provides processes for this.

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

  • 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
  • Helping you understand your rights before any problems arise
  • 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.

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.