Getting employment disputes right



No one wants to be involved in an employment dispute, but they do happen, and there are right ways and wrong ways to deal with them. Ben Rickard identifies what the risks are and how to handle any disputes the right way


In January 2021, a plumber was awarded $51,749 after being unjustifiably dismissed from his job just two weeks after arriving in New Zealand. The employer expressed concerns about the plumber’s skill level and called a meeting to discuss this. There were differing views over what was said in that meeting. The plumber told the Employment Relations Authority that he left the meeting believing his job to be in jeopardy.


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