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Employment Law Update

Employment Law Update
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This seminar will be invaluable for employment lawyers, as these subject-matter specialist presenters address the emerging issues in the employment law jurisdiction, and the key cases over the last 12 months. This seminar will take a practical approach in looking at a selection of some of the key cases and related themes and considering the implications when you are advising clients.
This seminar will include:

  • Case study example of the age discrimination case, Brown Sycamore vs NZ Basing Limited (Cathay Pacific Airways)
  • Claims for legal costs as special damages
  • A discussion of increasing level of awards under s 123(1)(c)(i) of the Employment Relations Act 2000
  • Quantum meruit claims
  • The rise of the breach of settlement agreement claims
  • An overview of the contractor, employee, volunteer status claims
  • Limitation issues
  • The Court, its processes and powers, including contempt proceedings & the new Scale Costs pilot in action.

Learning objectives

After attending this seminar you will be able to:

  • Better understand the emerging issues in the employment law jurisdiction, with recent case study examples.
  • Gain practical knowledge on the Employment Court processes, including contempt proceedings.

Who should attend

Intermediate level. Employment lawyers, In-house counsel.

Live Web Stream

This presentation is available via live web stream, direct to your computer. Click here to find out more about web streaming.
Please note: Live Web Stream registrations close 12pm 23 November.


A short paper, in PDF format, together with a copy of the powerpoint presentation will be emailed out prior to the seminar.


  • 4.00pm - 6.00pm (tea and coffee available on arrival)

Fee (incl GST)

In Short

  • $115 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $165 - Non-members

Do you want to register more than one person for this course? Click here
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Auckland 23 November
Live Web Stream 23 November
MJ Dew WEB EDIT Maria Dew,
Barrister, Bankside Chambers, Auckland

Maria has a specialist practice in employment law, professional misconduct and related civil litigion. In her employment practice she acts for employers and senior employees, providing a full range of advocacy on grievances, urgent restraint of trade and search order actions, restructuring, privacy issues and employee shareholder/director disputes. Maria is also regularly appointed as an independent investigator by public and private sector organisations to conduct enquiries into allegations of serious misconduct. She is currently the convenor of the New Zealand Law Society Employment Law Commitee. Maria also serves as the Deputy Chair of the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal.

stephenLangton WEB EDIT Stephen Langton
LangtonHudsonButcher, Lawyers, Auckland

Stephen is a partner in LangtonHudsonButcher, Lawyers, a specialist employment law and industrial relations firm. He has been involved in a number of significant cases in this area, is a member of the NZLS Employment Law Committee, and a regular contributor to Law Society and industry conferences.

Cancellation and refund policy

If written notice of cancellation of a registration arrives before the day of the seminar we will refund the registration fee, less an administration fee of $40. If you are unable to attend, you may send a substitute - to correctly assign CPD credit, CLE must be notified in advance. NZLS CLE Ltd reserves the right to cancel or reschedule seminars if necessary.
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0800 333 111


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New Zealand