GuideME workshop: Employment law fundamentals

Employment disputes can be time consuming and costly. Getting it right from the beginning can save your business time and money and protect it from reputational damage. Our comprehensive three-part online workshop series is designed to ensure you understand the practical application of New Zealand’s employment laws and give you the tools to take away so you can handle people-related problems in your business effectively.

Who should attend?

HR people and business managers who want to learn how to proactively mitigate the risk of employment law claims.

The sessions are highly recommended for all New Zealand-based organisations as well as Australian-based organisations with responsibilities that reach across the Tasman.

What will attendees get from the workshop?

Your employees are one of your organisation’s biggest assets, yet they do come with risk. By the end of this workshop, you will have the knowledge and ability to manage your organisation’s ‘people-risk’ through compliant documentation, effective employee management and an understanding of the technical aspects of the employment relationship. You will also learn how to manage your business risks if things go wrong.

A comprehensive workbook will be provided including knowledge overviews of each topic and specific tools and resources to apply your learnings within your business. Attendees will also receive Zoom recordings of all three sessions.

What will it cover?

The workshop covers the employment life cycle and the key legislation that impacts the employment relationship. This includes:

  • Starting the employment relationship – Employment status: full time, part time, fixed term and casual employment.
  • Documentation – Employment agreements, collective agreements, workplace policies.
  • Key considerations – 90-day trial periods and probationary periods, availability provisions and shift cancellation, leave entitlements, restraints of trade and protection of confidential information.
  • Managing the end of the relationship – Notice periods, garden leave provisions, calculation of final pay, post-termination contractual obligations.
  • Disputes process – Personal grievances and other employee claims, section 103A – the test of justification, termination of employment.
  • Key legislation – Employment Relations Act 2000, Holidays Act, Health and Safety at Work Act.


Session one Session two Session three
Wednesday 23 February 2022

1pm NZDT / 11am AEDT

1 hour 20 mins duration

Wednesday 2 March 2022

1pm NZDT / 11am AEDT

1 hour 20 mins duration

Wednesday 9 March 2022

1pm NZDT / 11am AEDT

1 hour 20 mins duration

All sessions will be held online via Zoom.

If you are unable to attend any of the session times listed above but you still wish to register, the recording will be made available to you as soon as possible after the live session.



NZ$1200 +GST for all three sessions

Register and pay

Payments are collected via PayPal. Once we have received your payment, you will be sent a Zoom link which can be used to join all three sessions.

Registrations close Friday 18 February.

Cancellation and refund policy

The sessions will be made available to registrants as an archive after the live presentation. As such, there is no cancellation – we will transfer your user status as a registrant from the live presentation to a purchaser of the recorded webinar.


CPD criteria

Attendance at the live session

  • If you attend the live workshop, you will receive a CPD verification email following the webinar for your records.
  • You can view and hear the presentation again, as many times as you wish in your own time for no additional cost.

Registration but non-attendance on the day

  • Under the CPD Scheme only those who attend a live workshop are eligible to claim CPD hours.
  • If you registered but were unable to attend on the day, you can view and hear the archived recording of the presentation.

GuideME workplace training

Now in its fifth year, our GuideME training programme provides practical and interactive workshops for professionals and in-house legal counsel to upskill on specific areas of the law. We will be running a number of other workshops throughout the year.

Click here for our 2022 programme

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