Thu 19 September | 4:00PM - 6:00PM | Simpson Grierson (Auckland) MAP


The conflagration of topics and scorching presenters that is the Burning Issues Forum is back, covering the searing issues of the moment it is too hot to miss.

With its Royal Assent blistering the page, the Employment Relations (Triangular Amendment) Act is a firestorm waiting to be tackled.

The Domestic Violence - Victims Protection Act is aflame with uncertainty while the availability of workers after the NZ Postal Workers case is alight with implications for employment lawyers.

Finally, as the hot embers glow and spark, there is the searingly hot question of penalties in the light of Preet, Prabh, Victoria88 and Nicholson

Please note, because of the nature of this event, papers will not necessarily be provided. 

Drinks and nibbles will be served following the forum.

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain insights into the practical implications of the domestic violence legislation for employers including flexibility requests, what might constitute reasonable proof and privacy rights.
  • Learn more about the application of the Employment Relations (Triangular Amendment) Act in practice, the Court’s views on the issues as outlined in Prasad v LSG Sky Chefs New Zealand Limited, and what to consider in employment litigation where third parties are joined.
  • Understand better the relationship between penalties and pecuniary penalties (Parts 9 and 9A of the Employment Relations Act 2000, the assessment of quantum and the risks for those normally shielded from liability of the employer.

Who should attend?

All employment lawyers.


His Honour Judge Perkins

Judge Perkins has been on the bench for 20 years. He was appointed a District Court Judge in 1999.  He spent two periods in the Employment Court as a Temporary Judge between 2006 and 2011. He was appointed to the Employment Court as a Permanent Judge in 2013. 

Prior to appointment he was in legal practice for nearly 30 years specialising mainly in maritime and employment law.  While in practice he acted for Trade Unions, Employers and Employees in a wide range of industrial disputes

Catherine Stewart

Specialising in all areas of employment law, Catherine has around 25 years of experience as an employment and litigation lawyer. She joined the independent bar as a barrister in 2012 having held senior roles in employment law in law firms including at partnership level. She runs a busy practice with a team of staff and advises and represents clients in the full range of employment law matters.

Catherine has successfully argued many high profile cases, including the recent Employment Court redundancy case of Stormont v Peddle Thorp, the leading case on stress in the workplace Gilbert v Attorney General, and she has been appointed as counsel advising the Court in both the Employment Court and Court of Appeal in a case on unfair bargaining and freedom of association.

Catherine is the Convenor of the ADLS Employment Law Committee. She is a regular writer and presenter on topical employment law issues and in her role as Convenor is regularly involved in drafting submissions to Parliament on employment related legislation.

Kylie Dunn
Russell McVeagh

Kylie is a partner in Russell McVeagh’s Litigation team, specialising in employment law. She advises some of New Zealand's largest employers on the full range of employment issues. 

She has particular experience in industrial and union related matters and issues that arise with senior employees. 

David France
Kiely Thompson Caisley

David is a partner at employment law firm Kiely Thompson Caisley and has been practicing employment law for over 20 years.  David’s work involves all areas of employment law and industrial relations.  He has regularly presented at NZLS employment law conferences and ADLS seminars.

Peter Cranney
Oakley Moran


Catherine Stewart