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If you’re fired or unfairly dismissed

Find out what your rights are as an employee to fight unfair dismissal.

Have you been Fired, Sacked or Dismissed on the Spot?

This just shouldn’t happen under New Zealand Employment Law.

If your boss has fired or sacked you without warning you are likely to have a case and we can arrange to talk with your employer about a financial settlement or represent you at mediation or employment court.

The experience of losing your job is likely to be an unpleasant one and you will likely be very upset.   We are great listeners, and you will feel better for picking up the phone and getting some expert help.

Do you need an Employment Lawyer?  We do have an Employment Lawyer on our team who you can hire at an hourly rate.  However we have a mixture of Employment Lawyers and Advocates, our whole team are Employment Law Experts, so you will be in good hands.

One of the biggest differences between lawyers and advocates is the way they charge for their services.  Advocates can work on a contingency fee, which is commonly referred to as “no win – no fee”.  This means if we take on your case we will charge you a percentage of any payout you receive. If you lose the case, you pay nothing.

We are Employment Advocates.  We only get paid if we win your case.  This means we need to be selective about the cases we take on.  It’s absolutely free to call us and discuss your situation.

80% of cases are resolved prior to or during mediation.  

If you are unsure whether or not you have a case just give us a call to discuss your situation.

Note: If you were violent or very abusive in the workplace, an employer is very likely to be justified in firing you and asking you to leave immediately, and it is unlikely we will be unable to assist.

Phone us on 0800 NO WIN NO FEE (0800 669 466) or fill in our form.

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I was in a very difficult and sensitive situation

5.0 rating
September 30, 2019
Review of Kam Bailey

I was in a very difficult & sensitive work situation. After contacting a couple of other services with no reply it was Kam from Work law who took on my case & managed everything for me. I was kept well informed a long the way & Kam quickly reached a positive result for me & my employer, amazing!. I really appreciate the work Kam & the Work law team have done. Highly recommended ;0)

Christian McLay

Unjustified Dismissal

UNFAIR DISMISSAL

If Your Dismissal Seemed Unfair There’s A Good Chance It Was.
You Need Legal Advice From An Employment Law Specialist Now.

Have you been unfairly dismissed?

We provide legal advice for personal grievances and wrongful or unjustified dismissal in NZ.

What is fair depends on the circumstances.  Any relevant provisions in the employment agreement must be followed.

If an employment agreement does not have a notice period, then reasonable notice must be given.

Employees have the right to be told what the problem is and that dismissal or other disciplinary action is a possibility. Employees must then be given a genuine opportunity to tell their side of the story before the employer decides what to do.

Employees have the right to be supported at a disciplinary meeting by an advocate or support person and there must be sufficient time to organise such representation and prepare for the meeting.

The employer should investigate any allegations of misconduct thoroughly and without prejudice. Unless there has been misconduct so serious that it warrants summary dismissal, the employee should be given clear standards to aim for and a genuine opportunity to improve.

If an employee is dismissed, he or she has the right to ask the employer for a written statement of the reasons for dismissal. This request can be made up to 60 days after they find out about the dismissal. The employer must provide the written statement within 14 days of such a request. If the employer fails to provide this written statement, the employee may consequently be able to raise a grievance after the required 90 day limitation period.

If you think you have a case for unjustifiable dismissal contact us using our contact form, giving us as much information as possible and one of our Advocates will be in touch.

 

From Our Clients

Thousands of employees and employers have trusted us us to help with their employment issues, here are reviews from a handful of them.

I was in a very difficult and sensitive situation

5.0 rating
September 30, 2019
Review of Kam Bailey

I was in a very difficult & sensitive work situation. After contacting a couple of other services with no reply it was Kam from Work law who took on my case & managed everything for me. I was kept well informed a long the way & Kam quickly reached a positive result for me & my employer, amazing!. I really appreciate the work Kam & the Work law team have done. Highly recommended ;0)

Christian McLay

Couldn't be happier with how it all worked out!

5.0 rating
September 24, 2019
Review of Andrea Kelleher

I was lucky enough to have help from Andrea, she was so polite, helpful and made sure that I understood certain aspects to what was going on with the work she helped me with. I couldn’t have asked for a more easier and awesome process, couldn’t be happier with how it all worked out! Thank you heaps! Daniel

Daniel Marinov

Sandy's an Angel

5.0 rating
September 9, 2019

I was having a terrible time at my workplace. Sandy was one of the angels that helped me survive the whole ordeal, she had all the knowledge and experience needed to help, got straight onto my employers and had things settled so quickly. I am very thankful.

Stephanie B

 

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Is your employer making you redundant?

Redundancy

If you are being made redundant give us a call and we'll check that your rights are being met.

Have you been made redundant due to Covid-19?

The  Government has provided support to business in an attempt to keep as many New Zealanders in work as possible.  Unfortunately this will not protect everyone from job loss.  Currently it is not compulsory for an employer to apply for the subsidy, but if employers do apply they MUST pass the subsidy on to their employees.

 If your employer has not applied for the subsidy and instead has told you you are redundant they still need to follow the correct procedures.

If you have been made redundant without a consultation process you can contact us through our webform below.

There should be a genuine reason.

Sometimes employers use ‘Redundancy’ to dismiss staff when they don’t have grounds for dismissal.

If your employer is facing hardship they must enter into a consultation process where you are told your position could be made redundant and given the chance to provide feedback.  You can counter the proposal with your own suggestions such as taking a pay cut, leave without pay or changing the role to include other work.  You can ask if your employer has considered taking the government wage subsidy and paying you with that.

Your employer can’t employ a new person to do the same job as you, but they may be able to combine two jobs.  They can’t make you redundant and then advertise for someone to fill your role.  

If your employer says the business is struggling and if you are the only person who is facing the redundancy process then it may not be genuine.  Your employer can’t employ a new person to do the same job as you, but they may be able to combine two jobs.  They can’t make you redundant and then advertise for someone to fill your role.

It is a genuine redundancy if a person’s employment has been ended because their employer has decided, for ‘genuine reasons’ that the employee’s job is no longer needed. A ‘genuine  reason’  could, for example, be that the employer is making changes to enable the business to operate more efficiently and cost effectively; or closing down or selling the business.

Minor alterations to a job’s role and responsibilities should not be a reason for redundancy.

When can a person be made redundant?

  1. The position must be superfluous to the employer’s needs.
    For example, where a larger number of employees are employed than necessary to operate the business efficiently, certain positions may be disestablished.
  2. The position must actually disappear. The employer cannot claim redundancy by changing a job description slightly or employing new employees to undertake the same or a similar position.
  3. The business is closing down

The decision must be about the position and must not be about an individual employee personally.  The employer cannot use redundancy as a means of getting rid of under-performing employees or disciplining employees for misconduct.

What is the process for making a person redundant?

Your employer must follow the proper process when they need to make you redundant.

Restructuring or redundancy must be carried out in good faith and your employer must not mislead or deceive you.

Your employer must;

  • Give you written notice of a discussion/meeting. The letter should say that the meeting is to discuss redundancy or restructuring ;
  • tell you the reasons for the proposed changes, and how they will affect your job;
  • consult with you and anyone else who may be made redundant;
  • give you a chance to get independent advice, and to have a representative or support person with you when you attend the meeting to discuss your possible redundancy or restructure;
  • consider your suggestions before they make any decision about their proposed changes; and
  • consider alternatives to making you redundant e.g. giving you a job elsewhere in the company or reducing the hours you work.

Check your Employment Agreement

What does it say about redundancy in your Employment Contract ?  You should always make sure you are familiar with the terms of the employment agreement. This will usually have specific provisions dealing with redundancy process and any entitlements.

Redundancy Payments

Under New Zealand law it is not compulsory for an Employer  to pay redundancy compensation.  Check Your Employment Agreement:
If your employment agreement mentions redundancy compensation, it will probably also show what the amount of comensation will be.  If there is no mention of the amount it could be up for negotiation.

Notice of redundancy

If there is no specific clause in an employment agreement giving a period of notice in a redundancy situation, ‘reasonable notice’ must be given. The length of ‘reasonable notice’ depends on a variety of factors, such as:

  • the reason for the redundancy
  • the employee’s length of service
  • the employee’s seniority and/or remuneration package
  • custom, practice and industry norms
  • the employee’s ability to find alternative employment
  • the amount of compensation being paid (if any).

A ‘reasonable’ notice period is usually two weeks to a month.

 

If the redundancy is false and amounts to an unfair dismissal we can pursue a grievance on your behalf.

We can help you with all aspects of redundancy, if you are not sure give us a call 0800 669 466.
It’s free to discuss your situation with us.

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You can trust us to listen

Statistics prove that legal representation for employees  by an employment lawyer or employment law advocate improves your chance of a successful outcome. You have nothing to lose by having a free chat with an Employment Law Advocate.

You can email us using the form below.   When you receive the automated reply to your email please reply with any correspondence you have received from your employer regarding your job loss. 

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What our clients are saying

 

Kam did a fantastic job

5.0 rating

March 17, 2020
Review of Kam Bailey

Did a fantastic with a company that’s hard to deal with because of size. Answered all my questions, were awesome to deal with, kept me informed all the way through this process, I just cannot thank her enough, without her help I wouldn’t have gotten anything, thank you again for all your help. I just cannot recommend you highly enough,

Ian H

Sandy was excellent

5.0 rating

March 17, 2020
Review of Sandy Ward

I would not hesitate in recommending workplace to anybody in need of work related help
Thank you for your help

Chris Cook

helpful, friendly and professional

5.0 rating

March 10, 2020
Review of Andrea Kelleher

Kate and Andrea are extremely helpful, friendly and professional. I highly recommend their advice…

Lily Tiy

 

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