Employment problems from the Employers perspective…

Employment problems from the Employers perspective…..

We recently had the unpleasant experience ourselves of being involved in an employment dispute involving a former staff member – a qualified Solicitor no less. The matter involved a very curious turn of events that, quite frankly, you wouldn’t normally expect to read about. Our former employee really got the situation totally wrong which just goes to show that even educated and seemingly experienced people can get it wrong!

The case went before the Employment Relations Authority in Auckland and basically involved a situation where a dismissal by us was held to be justified despite the absence of any formal process. The case is narrow in it’s focus but nonetheless makes for very interesting reading. It has certainly helped restore some of our faith in the “system” and is a very pragmatic decision indeed.

If you would like to know more about this case or perhaps to obtain a copy for your own perusal please feel free to give us a call.

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