Employment Law Committee

In order to keep readers up-to-date on the work undertaken on their behalf by ADLS’s various subject matter Committees, we will be profiling each Committee over the coming months.

This is a large and productive committee with 20 members led by Convenor Margaret Robins.

The committee meets annually with key personnel from the Mediation Service, the Employment Relations Authority, and the Employment Court.

These meetings provide the Committee with the opportunity for questions and discussion, promoting better understanding and gaining valuable insights; information which is then relayed to the profession through regular articles in Law News.

The committee continues to monitor its 12 month pilot scheme for pro bono pleadings assistance at the Employment Court. The scheme was established following a request to the ADLS by Chief Judge Colgan of the Employment Court to provide pro bono legal assistance for self-represented parties in the Employment Court.

The court had noted an increase in self-represented parties who often displayed difficulty with filing statements of claim in the appropriate form. This in turn created difficulty for the Court by causing delays and additional hearings, which might have otherwise been unnecessary. Employment lawyers have volunteered to appear on a weekly roster to attend one-hour sessions with self-represented litigants.

With the impending closing date for submissions on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill of 25 July, Sub-Committee members are currently working hard to finalise the Committee’s submission to the Parliamentary Select Committee. A copy of the submission will be available on the Employment Law Committee’s page on the ADLS website.

Work is underway on the programme for the next Burning Issues Forum on Thursday 26 September, a popular evening event where hot topics are set alight by experts. Planning is complete for the annual Employment Law Committee dinner - a highlight of the employment lawyer’s calendar - to be held at Mikano Restaurant on Thursday 8 August 2013.

With his Honour Judge Mark Perkins as the guest speaker, this event promises to be a fantastic evening. Places are filling up fast.

To register please contact adls.events@adls.org.nz or call (09) 303 5287. 

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