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Privacy, Official Information and Human Rights

We assist clients to comply with their obligations under privacy, official information and human rights laws, including by:

  • Advice on compliance with privacy, official information and human rights legislation, including health information privacy
  • Advice on data transfer obligations
  • Representation in privacy and human rights disputes, including Privacy Commission and Human Rights Commission investigations and prosecutions

Employment law compliance

The law surrounding the engagement of employees has become increasingly specialised, and trying to get it right can be frustrating for employers who just want to get people on board and get on with business.  Getting it right from the start is crucial to managing the risks that come with employing people.  We assist clients to comply with employment law, including by:

Restructuring and redundancy

Employers have significant obligations in dealing with restructuring and redundancy, and we can assist you to get the outcome you need and ensure you comply with the law.   

Collective agreements, bargaining and industrial relations

Unions are involved in many New Zealand workplaces and particular obligations apply in dealing with employees covered by collective agreements.  We assist many unionised businesses with:

  • Collective agreement drafting and interpretation
  • Strategic industrial relations advice and assistance
  • Collective bargaining advice and assistance
  • Union disputes

Specialists in Employment and Health and Safety Law

Copeland Ashcroft Law is an independent legal practice, providing specialist advice, representation and support across the full ambit of employment and health and safety law, to businesses throughout New Zealand.

Employment relationship problems

We appreciate the importance of prevention rather than cure, but not every employment relationship runs smoothly.  Where you are dealing with an employment relationship problem, a personal grievance or other legal challenge, we can assist to resolve this by:

  • Advice and support with practical “best practice” management of under-performance or disciplinary issues, and with personal grievances and disputes.
  • Representation in Mediation, Employment Relations Authority investigation meetings, the Employment Court and beyond
  • Advice regarding industrial relations issues, including strikes and lockouts
  • Breach of contract claims including enforcement of restraints of trade

Employment agreements, contracts and policies

Getting your employment documentation right sets the framework for people management in your business, and is crucial for risk management.  All employers are legally required to ensure that all employees have written terms and conditions of employment, and an employment agreement (whether an individual employment agreement or collective agreement) is a critical document for defining how employers and employees act, and is the first point of reference should things go wrong.  We regularly help

Disciplinary and performance management processes, and complaint investigations

Employers have significant obligations in dealing with disciplinary and performance management issues.  We can assist you to get the outcome you need and ensure you comply with the law, by:

  • Advice and support with practical “best practice” management of disciplinary and performance issues
  • Investigations to complaints, including regarding bullying and harassment

Health and safety

Employers are obliged to ensure that the workplace is safe and healthy for all workers.  We assist employers, including those accredited or seeking accreditation with ACC, to help you comply with the law and manage the risk of health and safety claims by your workers.  We offer: