What is Serious Misconduct?

As an employment lawyer, I am often asked if an employee’s actions (or failure to act) constitute serious misconduct.  This is an important question because employers are only usually able to dismiss an employee without prior warnings and without given the employee...

The Future of Trial Periods

Trial periods were introduced by the National government in 2009.  Broadly, where an employment agreement includes a trial period, the employee cannot bring a personal grievance for unjustified dismissal for up to the first 90 days of employment.  The rationale for...