Employees need practical advice given their often limited
financial resources and the reality of the power relationship between
most employers and employees. When an employee has a problem in an ongoing
employment relationship it is very important it is handled with sensitivity
in a way that addresses the problem rather than making it worse.
I offer practical help with disciplinary processes, performance
management, graceful exits, contract compliance, wage claims and redundancy
Successfully dealing with many of the issues that confront
unions requires an understanding of the nature and objectives of the organisation.
It is vital if litigation and seeking compliance through legal enforcement
is to play a constructive part in industrial relations that legal counsel
understands collective bargaining, the democratic structure of unions
and the role of the organiser, delegate and member.
Helen White also represents large and small employers,
advising on restructures, performance management personal grievances and
compliance issues, such as updating employment agreements and complying
with health and safety issues.
Helen White brings an appreciation that even for the employer with
the best of intentions the law is daunting.
Growing employers often experience particular difficulty
as they move to a size where the employer must adopt a less personal and
more systematic approach. Helen White can provide support by providing
employment agreements appropriate to the particular workplace and position
and compliance when using fixed term agreements or contractors.
Even with the best systems in place employers face difficulties when
employees don't get on or the economy causes retrenchment.
University of Auckland, LLB (Hons), BA (History major)
Practiced as a specialist in employment law barrister since 2006.
Employment Relations Authority cases:
driver unpaid suspension and dismissal
- breach of Health and Safety
and s103A case
Articles and speeches:
finding ways around job law (NZ Herald article)
good for business and/or employees? (Public seminar presentation)
Engineering Printing and Manufacturing Union Inc including appearing and
advising in drug testing test case, and successful opposition to Air New
Zealand proposals to contract out maintenance, cleaning and front of house
at Air NZ.
Gubb & Co
Union Law Centre