Employment Relations

Professional support to help SME businesses navigate the Employment Relations Act

The Employment Relations Act 2000 lays the foundations for managing the relationship between employers and employees

It can be difficult for employers to understand and comply with the wide-ranging and complex set of laws that make up the Employment Relations Act. Let us take that headache away: you can rely on accurate, timely, and helpful support from our experienced employment relations consultants at ConsultingHQ.

What sorts of things does the Employment Relations Act cover?

The Act is the backdrop for all relationships between employees, employers, and unions. It’s overseen by the Employment Relations Authority, but it promotes mediation as the first step for employers or employees looking to resolve employment problems.

Good faith is at the heart of the Act. The Act asks that every aspect of the employment environment should be approached with trust and good faith. And it actually defines the expected behaviours that characterise good faith.

Individual Employment Agreements

The Employment Relations Act stipulates that all employees must have an Individual Employment Agreement – and there are certain legal requirements that must be met by this document.

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Trial periods and probationary arrangements

The Employment Relations Act has very specific requirements on how to approach trial periods and probationary arrangements for employees. It’s very important that you approach and document trial periods in a specific way – and we can help you with that.

Employees’ right to refuse to perform certain work

The Act makes provisions for employees being able to refuse to do certain tasks – and if those provisions are met, the staff member may not be adversely treated by the employer. This is an area that needs to be treated with significant care – let us help you navigate that.

Flexible working rights and requirements

Employees have the right to request flexible working arrangements (particularly if they are affected by family violence) – and the employer only has specific grounds for refusing flexible working. Our HR experts at ConsultingHQ will keep you on the right side of the law.

Resolving disputes and managing personal grievance

The Employment Relations Act lays out specific processes that must be followed for resolving disputes and managing personal grievances. Our experienced team of employment relations consultants can guide you through those processes.

Restructuring

If your organisation is planning to restructure, this process is covered in detail under the Employment Relations Act. We’ll make sure you get it right.

Terminating employment

When you need to terminate someone’s employment, we’ll work with you to ensure the correct processes and rules are followed. Under the Employment Relations Act, that means acting in good faith, and in a fair and reasonable manner.

“We’ve used ConsultingHQ’s services for a number of years. This has included strategic HR, staff support and negotiations, recruitment and training, plus lean implementation. We have found ConsultingHQ efficient and professional, and provide valuable support not only to management but also for all our valued staff. They have a helpful and engaging approach that inspires and motivates personnel in whichever role they fill.”

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“We’ve used ConsultingHQ’s services for a number of years. This has included strategic HR, staff support and negotiations, recruitment and training, plus lean implementation. We have found ConsultingHQ efficient and professional, and provide valuable support not only to management but also for all our valued staff. They have a helpful and engaging approach that inspires and motivates personnel in whichever role they fill.”

Laughton Brodie, Ceratelle Marketing 

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If you’re wondering how our experienced employment relations consultants can help you, book a free consultation with us.

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