Understanding Your Employment Rights in Christchurch

Navigating the complexities of employment law can be daunting. Whether you’re an employee facing workplace challenges or an employer ensuring compliance with the law, understanding your rights and obligations is crucial. At IR Thompson, we specialise in providing clear and practical legal advice tailored to your needs in Christchurch. Our commitment is to empower you with knowledge to navigate your employment concerns effectively.

Employment Agreements and Contracts

Under the Employment Relations Act 2000, every employment relationship in New Zealand must be governed by a written employment agreement.

It is essential for both parties—employers and employees—to fully understand the terms laid out in these documents. Whether you are drafting a new agreement or revising an existing one, ensuring legal clarity is crucial to prevent disputes and ensure compliance with national standards.

Handling Redundancy: Law and Best Practices

Redundancy must be handled within the legal bounds of fairness and reasonableness, as stipulated by New Zealand law.

If you are facing redundancy, knowing your rights is essential to ensure that the process is conducted lawfully. Employers must also follow a structured process, justified by genuine business reasons, to avoid legal repercussions.

Addressing Personal Grievances and Unfair Dismissal

A personal grievance arises when an employee raises a complaint against an employer’s action deemed unjust or unfair, including wrongful dismissal, discrimination, or harassment.

In Christchurch, as per New Zealand’s guidelines, employees have the right to pursue a personal grievance claim. It’s crucial to understand this process and seek legal advice to navigate these claims successfully.

Stress at Work: Employer Obligations and Employee Rights

Employers in Christchurch are required to manage and minimise workplace stress, adhering to the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.

If you are experiencing stress at work, it’s vital to know there are legal protections in place. Employers must provide support and necessary adjustments to ensure a safe working environment.

Free Employment Law Advice and Consultation

At IR Thompson, we understand that sometimes you need quick and accessible advice. We offer free initial consultations to help clarify your legal position and explore potential steps you might take.

Choosing the right legal advisor is crucial. With decades of experience and a robust track record, IR Thompson is well-equipped to handle a broad spectrum of employment issues. Whether you need assistance with contracts, wrongful dismissal, or compliance advice, we are here to support you.

Don’t navigate your employment issues alone. Contact IR Thompson today to schedule your free consultation and ensure your employment practices comply with New Zealand law, or visit our office in Christchurch for personalised support.