Employment Law Matters Annual Forum

Regulatory updates, ER/IR strategies, and case law outcomes from leading industry practitioners and employment law firms

Auckland | 23 - 24 March 2017

Employment Law Matters is proud to bring you the inaugural New Zealand edition of our flagship Employment Law Matters Annual Forum. This is an in-depth forum exploring the current legal landscape of workplace relations in NZ from the perspectives of leading organisations and practitioners. Challenges being faced by key sectors will be under the microscope, and solutions planned and implemented will be discussed.

Featuring a diverse pool of speakers drawn from government, healthcare, construction and finance as well as many more.

Gerry Lynch 
General Manager 
Mars New Zealand
  Jason Tuck
National HR Manager - ER
Countdown Supermarkets
  Andre Lubbe
Head of Employment

Auckland Council
  Charlotte Hatlauf
Group Employment Relations Manager
Fletcher Building 

Why this will be the only Employment Law conference you need to attend in 2017:

  1. Over 27 perspectives from a stellar mix of top employment lawyers and ER/HR practitioners, including over 11 legal perspectives, 6 exclusive case studies and 3 panel sessions 
  2. A Keynote Leaders Panel featuring Countdown, New Zealand Post, KiwiRail, Wesfarmers Industrial and Safety offering insights into significant trends in employment law and major challenges ahead 
  3. Practical tips on how to protect your organisation from legal liabilities with best-practice case studies from both the public and private sector 
  4. Gain access to important legislation updates and case law outcomes that all ER/HR executives must be aware of from Legal 500 top rated law firms 
  5. Have the opportunity to pre-submit your burning employment law questions for our lawyers to address during our Ask-A-Lawyer segments

Do not miss this premier event to get all your questions on employment law answered, plus have the opportunity to network with peers that are dealing with similar challenges you are facing.

Employment Law Matters is delighted to announce our four chairpersons for this event!

All four are recognised as top leading Employment lawyers in The Legal 500.

Phillipa Muir 
Simpson Grierson
  Kylie Dunn
Russel McVeagh
  Jennifer Mills
Anthony Harper
  Aaron Lloyd
Minter Ellison 
Rudd Watts

Testimonials for the Employment Law Matters series of events: 
 “Excellent range of brilliant speakers who were very knowledgeable on their topics. The topics were varied and relevant. Well worth coming to and I came away with new snippets on information from each presenter.” OceanaGold
“Excellent content, very current, relevant and thought provoking.” ANZCO Foods
“Great way to get up-to-date HR legislative information in a relaxed environment. Broad range of attendees from various industries. Loved the interactive nature of the Q&A across the day.” Air New Zealand
“A good opportunity to test your own organisation processes and practices while you update your own knowledge.” PPG
“It opened my eyes to a lot of the minor details in employment law.” Compass Health
“Selection of top-class legal experts, giving you their tips and tricks, and war stories, relevant to key HR topics.” Controller and Auditor-General


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We have crafted the programme to include case studies (presenting best-practice strategies), legal sessions (drawing out need-to-know insights from recent case rulings) and panel sessions (to drive further in-depth discussion) on the following key topics:

  • Compliance with the Employment Relations Act, Holiday Act, Health & Safety at Work Act, Parental Leave Legislation 
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Workplace bullying, discrimination and harassment 
  • Conducting workplace investigations 
  • Meeting procedural fairness requirements
  • Managing workplace mental health, absenteeism and ill/injured employees
  • Managing employee performance


Directors, Heads, Specialists and Senior Managers who are responsible for:

  • Human Resources
  • Employee/Employment Relations
  • Industrial Relations
  • Workplace Relations
  • People and Culture
  • Workforce Management

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