Specialist legal advice
for employment-related issues
OSEA’s team of specialist lawyers assist our members with the full range of employment-related issues from compliance, collective bargaining, restructuring and redundancy to employment relationships, personal grievance and workplace accidents.
Whether you employ one person or 100 and whether they are fulltime, part-time, seasonal, casual, fixed term or ‘permanent’ or even if they are independent contractors, OSEA’s experienced legal team can help you with easy-to-use employment documentation and compliance including…
specialist clauses to cover vulnerable employees, trial periods, and protection of intellectual rights
‘off the shelf’ policies that cover everything from driving and vehicles, privacy, bullying, sexual harassment, email, internet to disciplinary policies.
leave entitlement including annual holidays, public (statutory) holidays, alternate days leave (lieu days), sick pay, bereavement, and discretionary leave.
un-packaging the law behind payroll processing to help you and your payroll people get it right.
tailored provisions to cover issues that are unique to your workplace.
We offer practical help and guidance to help you deal with behavioral or performance issues including theft, assault, rudeness, absenteeism, drug or alcohol abuse affecting employment, bullying, incompatibility, poor performance. We can help you investigate the issues and ensure you follow proper and appropriate processes.
An initial discussion and preliminary guidance from us is free to members.
Responding to a personal grievance claim is time-consuming and stressful for any employer. We can assist you in managing the grievance by assessing prospects of success, costs involved and whether the compensation amount the employee is seeking is realistic. We will also guide you through the processes and discuss with you the possible outcomes.
We can also offer representation in a variety of ways including representing you in discussions with the employee’s representative, speaking on your behalf at mediation; and representing you at the Employment Authority or in Court.
Restructuring and redundancy
A downturn in the economy can lead a company to consider changes to staffing levels or the structure of the business. But when considering a restructure, retraining, redeployment or redundancy it is important to understand it involves a process that must include real and meaningful consultation with staff.
Our qualified and experienced legal team can assist you to prepare the necessary documentation and support you through the process of consultation and implementation of restructuring.
The impact of employee union membership on how you operate your business can be complex and is often the subject of philosophical differences. However, the law does provide significant guidance on the rights and responsibilities of employers, unions and union members.
It is important to seek advice prior to and during your interactions with the union, whether related to planning and strategy for negotiations or assisting to resolve a dispute or potential litigation. Our experienced team can help you navigate this stormy sea, providing support and assistance to smooth your relationship with the union and member employees.
Helping you develop and maintain a safe workplace culture is our focus. Our Health & Safety team can provide you with training and assistance to ensure you meet your legal obligations.
If an accident occurs at your workplace it is important that you get legal advice as soon as possible. Priorities for you will include getting medical support or other assistance as necessary, securing the scene, complying with your own reporting and investigation requirements and reporting to Worksafe. We can provide support and guidance through these processes.
And if the worst happens and you find yourself facing prosecution, we can also help you understand your options.
It is my pleasure and privilege to officially begin my role as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of Business South, and to progress the amalgamation of the Otago Southland Employers’ Association and the Otago Chamber of Commerce.