Reviews and Testimonials

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If things are out of hand at work and you don’t know where to turn just read through some of our reviews below from clients who we have helped. Then contact us on the form below or call us and we will help you too!

What our clients are saying

Wonderful.

5.0 rating
February 13, 2020
Review of Shayne Boyce

I felt supported and well advised.

Colette

Response from No Win No Fee

Thank you Colette we appreciate your review. Best wishes for a more positive experience with your employment in the future from Work Law.

Kam was amazing.

5.0 rating
February 12, 2020
Review of Kam Bailey

These scenarios can be quite stressful and the source of a lot of anxiety but Kam was so professional at putting me at ease and dealing with my situation in a matter of fact manner. Couldn’t be happier and can’t reccomend her and the team at no win no fee enough!

Phil B.

Response from No Win No Fee

Thank you Phil, we really appreciate it, from Kam and the team at Work Law.

I will be your advertising rep in Christchurch 😊

5.0 rating
February 5, 2020
Review of Shayne Boyce

Regarding Shayne and Kevin along with the assistance of his wonderful wife . I feel I must state that from the very first day I contacted Shayne and she referred me to Kevin in Christchurch I was made to feel very much at ease inspired by the professional and confident way they managed everything. The contact and updates provided was just amazing, at no time was I left without knowledge they updated me every step of the journey .
Kevin along with his wife are simply two amazing people. It goes without saying that without their work and effort I do not think for a second we would have achieved the result we did today. To be very clear if today we had of ended with a decision going against us it would had been no reflection on their effort. Very clearly Kevin is a very talented and certainly knows what he is about. It must not go without stating also the wonderful assistance and professionalism of Trish the Mediator. Her manner and personality is something you very rarely find.
In summary through this experience my life has been enriched through meeting these people.
Very happy for this to be passed along as a recommendation for others.
Again many many thanks 🙏

Clem Wooding

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What our clients are saying

Wonderful.

5.0 rating
February 13, 2020
Review of Shayne Boyce

I felt supported and well advised.

Colette

Response from No Win No Fee

Thank you Colette we appreciate your review. Best wishes for a more positive experience with your employment in the future from Work Law.

Kam was amazing.

5.0 rating
February 12, 2020
Review of Kam Bailey

These scenarios can be quite stressful and the source of a lot of anxiety but Kam was so professional at putting me at ease and dealing with my situation in a matter of fact manner. Couldn’t be happier and can’t reccomend her and the team at no win no fee enough!

Phil B.

Response from No Win No Fee

Thank you Phil, we really appreciate it, from Kam and the team at Work Law.

I will be your advertising rep in Christchurch 😊

5.0 rating
February 5, 2020
Review of Shayne Boyce

Regarding Shayne and Kevin along with the assistance of his wonderful wife . I feel I must state that from the very first day I contacted Shayne and she referred me to Kevin in Christchurch I was made to feel very much at ease inspired by the professional and confident way they managed everything. The contact and updates provided was just amazing, at no time was I left without knowledge they updated me every step of the journey .
Kevin along with his wife are simply two amazing people. It goes without saying that without their work and effort I do not think for a second we would have achieved the result we did today. To be very clear if today we had of ended with a decision going against us it would had been no reflection on their effort. Very clearly Kevin is a very talented and certainly knows what he is about. It must not go without stating also the wonderful assistance and professionalism of Trish the Mediator. Her manner and personality is something you very rarely find.
In summary through this experience my life has been enriched through meeting these people.
Very happy for this to be passed along as a recommendation for others.
Again many many thanks 🙏

Clem Wooding

What did Harvey do?

 

Harvey Weinstein

He did what people in power have done for centuries. He used and exploited those who worked for him and those who wanted to work for him, to serve his own need.
 

He harassed, he bullied, he coerced and then he threatened anyone who dared to challenge his behaviour. 

 
The result for Harvey Weinstein has been life changing. There is not a person in the developed world who doesn’t know what it is alleged that he has done. The reputational damage caused by this scandal, will be long-lasting and potentially indefinite. Needless to say, life for that Harvey, will never be the same. 
 

If only the repercussions in the New Zealand employment world for bullying in the workplace were so public, so easy to verify (the strength in the Weinstein case was the number of women who came forward with the same claims) and the justice so swift.

 
Unfortunately it’s not, and the burden of proof in organisational bullying and/or harassment cases often rests with the employee who (we recognise) is starting from a position of trauma (with the good faith in their organisational relationship in tatters), and who must then try to construct a join-the-dots of what happened, of who said what and when. 
 
Thankfully, the shining light in the workplace bullying landscape is WorkSafe who have ensured that employees and employers are finally getting better “bullying in the workplace” resources.
 
WorkSafe NZ have developed a “bullying in the workplace toolbox”  and includes a checklist of behaviour and action examples which can help individuals identify whether the experiences they are having in their workplace, might be considered bullying. 
 
WorkSafe have also helped to define what bullying is (repeated and unreasonable behaviour directed towards a worker or a group of workers that can lead to physical or psychological harm).
 
They have also defined repeated behaviour (persistent (occurs more than once) and can involve a range of actions over time) and unreasonable behaviour (actions that a reasonable person in the same circumstances would see as unreasonable. It includes victimising, humiliating, intimidating or threatening a person).
 
For a bullying claim to have any chance of success, an employee must show that the behaviour they experienced meets this criteria. The more specific the examples and details, the greater the likelihood of success. 
 
A question we may pose in this situation is “what is the worst thing your organisation has done to you?” as the starting point in our conversation with you about your experiences at work. This is not to say that there is always a “worst thing” and we recognise that your experience might be a lot of little things repeated over time.
 
What we do understand and what we focus on, is how these actions make you feel. 
 

Employee claims of organisational bullying are not easy. They are difficult for both employees and employers.

The initial conversations can often be difficult and emotional and this is where our advocates can lend their support and expertise. 
 
The process may not be straightforward and can vary depending upon individual circumstances, but our advocates can talk you through the steps of the process and the types of outcomes you may expect.
 

Our advocates are more than happy to talk through your situation and identify what we can do to help and support you. 

 
One final thought about the Weinstein scandal and the saddest part for me, is the number of people who knew what was going on and stood idly by. Bullying within organisations can be the same, and the chances are, that if you are being bullied at work, that you are not the only one.
 
On the flipside, you may not be the recipient of bullying behaviour, but if you know someone that is, will you also stand idly by?  
 

Emma Moss-Employee Advocate

Emma Moss is a WorkLaw Advocate who has spent the last decade working in senior human resource roles.
She is currently undertaking a law degree through the Auckland University of Technology (AUT).

If you think you’re being bullied or are concerned about a situation you have in your workplace, it costs nothing to have an initial conversation with our advocates, please get in touch on 0800 no win no fee (0800669466) or complete the contact form below and we’ll talk soon.

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Dismissed During your Trial Period?

DISMISSED IN YOUR TRIAL PERIOD?

Both employers and employees have rights under the trial period law

Can you still have a case for unjustified dismissal if you are terminated under the 90-day trial period?

Changes to trial periods

After 6 May 2019, only businesses with less than 20 employees will be able to use the 90-day trial period. 

If your employer gave you an agreement but didn’t tell you there was a 90-day trial provision, (depending on the circumstances) – you may be able to raise a claim for unjustified dismissal.

If you started work before you signed an agreement (which contained a 90-day trial provision) – you may be able to raise a claim for unjustified dismissal.

If your employment agreement fails to appropriately specify when your 90-day trial period started – you may be able to raise a claim for unjustified dismissal.

There are also some general good faith obligations:
Your employer still has an obligation to ensure that you have the tools and equipment to do your job, that they provide any training or coaching that is appropriate to ensure you’re successful in your role, that if there are issues or concerns with any element of your employment, that they’ve raised them with you and given you the opportunity to rectify any concerns.

* There is a catch though – if you believe you have a claim – you need to ensure you raise it no later than 90 days after the termination of your employment.

So if you’ve been terminated under the 90-day trial provision in your agreement and your employer hasn’t followed the correct process, give one of the team at WorkLaw a call  on 0800 669 466 , or email us via our contact form and we’ll see what we can do to help.

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