No Win No Fee Employment Law Advocates Wellington. CALL US TODAY 0800 NO WIN NO FEE (0800 669 466)
We believe everyone should have access to legal representation to defend their rights under New Zealand employment law.
We have Advocates available in Wellington who can help you take action if you can’t resolve your employment problems. Our experienced, qualified employment law specialists can often sort out your employment law problem very quickly.
No Win No Fee or hourly rate.
Depending on the situation we either work on a contingency basis (no win no fee, where we take a percentage of what we win for you) or on an hourly rate. Often we can help you and your employer resolve your issues without you leaving your job, in this case we charge an hourly rate $250 per hour.
We can represent you at disciplinary meetings, redundancy meetings, mediation at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and hearings at the Employment Relations Authority.
When things have gone too far and the employee/employer relationship is not fixable we can help you by negotiating an exit package for you. An exit package can include financial compensation , leaving date and sometimes a reference from your employer to move on with your employment in a positive manner.
Navigating through disciplinary action must be fair and reasonable in all the circumstances:
- the employer must have a good reason for undertaking the disciplinary action, and
- the employer must follow a fair process before making the decision and then acting on it.
If the employer does not have a good reason for the disciplinary action, or did not follow a fair process, the employee may have a personal grievance.
A personal grievance is a complaint that an employee may bring against a current or former employer to bring their attention to an employment issue where they feel they have been unfairly treated
A personal grievance must be raised within 90 days of the date when the problem happened or it came to the employee’s attention, for example, if an employee is dismissed, they have 90 days from the date of the end of the employment to raise their grievance for unjustified dismissal.
When raising the grievance, the employee must clearly state what their grievance is and the reasons why they believe that they have a grievance. It is best practice to do this in writing (this includes by email) to make sure that everything is included that needs to be, to properly raise the grievance.
The employee must give enough detail about the problem for the employer to address the issue/s. The employee should keep a copy of their letter/email for reference. If the employee raises the grievance verbally, both the employer and employee should take notes of what was said in case there is a dispute later.
If an employee doesn’t raise the grievance clearly enough, or in enough detail, it may mean that they are unable to take legal action.
*Employees can bring a personal grievance for the following complaints:
- Unjustifiable dismissal (unless the dismissal took place while the employee was on a valid 90 day trial period)
- Unjustifiable action which disadvantages the employee
- Sexual harassment
- Racial harassment
- Duress over membership of a union or other employee organisation
- An employer’s failure to comply with obligations relating to continuity of employment for employees affected by restructuring
- Disadvantage to an employee due to the employment agreement not meeting legal requirements for:
- agreed hours of work
- availability provisions
- reasonable notice periods to be given before cancellation of a shift
- reasonable compensation to be paid if a shift is cancelled
- secondary employment provisions.
- Unfair treatment of an employee who has lawfully refused work in certain circumstances
- Where an employer engages in adverse conduct for a prohibited health and safety reason in relation to an employee or tries to force or persuade an employee not to perform a function, exercise a power or undertake a role under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015
- Where an employer, or former employer, takes retaliatory action against an employee who has made a protected disclosure of information
* source: Employment New Zealand
Sandy Jamison, you are not only a good employment lawyer but also a great person with a sound heart and compassion.
A big thank you very much Worklaw for helping me settle a dispute with a former bad employer !!! And Sandy Jamison, you are not only a good employment lawyer but also a great person with a sound heart and compassion. I wish you nothing but the very best and may you continue to help others find justice. I will never hesitate recommending you and your company to anybody. Best regards and truly yours, Mel.
Huge stress relief
I would like to thank Jenifer Silva so very much for the help she gave me by working out an exit package for me after a tremendously difficult time at the hands of a merciless employer. She stepped in and brought about a very quick result so that I could finally leave a terrible situation. The stress relief was huge and Jenifer and Sandy both dealt with me in a very (appreciated!) compassionate and professional manner. I cannot thank them enough!
I can't recommend Sandy enough
The whole experience with these guys deserves a 5 star review!! The first phone call, the way I was listened to, being referred to my Advocate (Sandy) and speaking to her within the hour. It was all 5 star worthy. The advice she gave me and the questions she asked to get to the bottom of the matter made everything clearer even to me as I was down a rabbit hole and couldn’t figure out what was going on. Would highly recommend them. Turns out the whole situation was a blessing in disguise as I have come out if it with not just my pride in tact but with a great reference and some financial compensation. I cannot recommend this place enough!
A great outcome !
Thank you so much for all the support I received with my employment problem. You achieved a great outcome to what felt to me like a hopeless situation. I highly recommend the team Work Law, in particular Sandy for her great listening skills and Lawrence for his knowledge and excellent negotiation with my employer. Everyone came away happy with the outcome, I can’t thank you enough.
So professional and reassuring
Sandy Jamison who recently mediated for me in my employment issue was awesome, very helpful always updated me professionally. She has a fabulous personality and really cares about people. She certainly gives of her best and although she was suffering from the flu it didn’t impede any negotiation at all. BIG BIG thanks to you Sandy. you were fabulous
I'm so greatful
Thank you to Sandy in Wellington for helping me out with my employment problem. She saved my job! I’m so grateful.
Thank you so much for all the support I received with my employment problem. You achieved a great outcome to what felt to me like a hopeless situation. I highly recommend the team Work Law, in particular Sandy for her great listening skills, knowledge and excellent negotiation with my employer. Everyone came away happy with the outcome, I can't thank you enough.
SANDY from Wellington , I recommend her 100%
She is so precise , always gets to the point. I would recommend her to anyone honestly , she genuinely loves her job and delivers exceptional service , well she did for my situation! Thank you soo much Sandy , God Bless!!
I was blessed to have sandy represent me on my case She was confident and comforting she made everything go to as planned , i would honestly recommend her 1000 %
If you read this sandy , thank you soo much god bless!
I recently had the experience of having Work Law Ltd represent me for an employment issue.
I was very fortunate to have Kam Bailey as my advocate.
I cannot speak highly enough of Kam's commitment, attention to detail and professionalism throughout the whole process and am very happy with the outcome that she achieved for me.
I highly recommend Kam as an advocate for anyone facing employment related issues.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH KAM!