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All of the Elephant team are HR & employment law experts as well as being engaging facilitators. We promise we won’t lecture you!

Course Content

The workshop covers not just 13 pieces of legislation but also the key points around restructuring and disciplinary procedures. You’ll cover:

You’ll leave with a comprehensive (but not so long you’ll never look at it again!) workbook that covers all the key points of the law as well as HR pointers on other policies and processes that link in.

We also cover recent employment law changes.

Employment lawyers are able to see things as black and white - but in HR and people management it doesn’t work like that. We can’t just give an opinion on what the legislation says. We have to think about how it applies to many and varied situations where there isn’t one right answer. Then we have to  find something that works for everyone. This often involves weighting up risks and figuring our possible consequences as well as the culture of the company.

The bad news is that this means it’s not just a question of learning the law – but it’s also about learning what HR challenges each piece of legislation raises and different ways you can overcome these! The good news is that Essential Employment Law teaches you both the legislation and case law, but also how to apply it in real life.

We also promise you’ll have some fun learning. Our employment law training always receives fantastic feedback from those who attend who say that they get real value from getting answers to all their questions (however strange or unusual!) and really enjoy the whole day as well as learning lots. Our facilitators all have significant experience in employment law but also how to apply it to many and various situations - so can share how it works in real life.

If you want to know the essentials, then this is the employment law training workshop for you.

Next running

Wellington - Thursday 26 September 2019

Auckland - Thursday 17 October 2019

Wellington - Thursday 21 November 2019

Auckland - Thursday 5 December 2019


Early bird (4 weeks before) $695 + GST

Full Price $895 + GST     Online version $995 + GST.

Workshop Timing: 9am - 5pm

Online workshops include 2 x 1 hour sessions, as well as watching on demand webinars

Who should attend?

The following people have found real value in attending Essential Employment Law:

How the on-line workshop works

We also run an online workshop for those who can’t make it to Auckland or Wellington. This includes watching on demand webinars on the different pieces of legislation, completing some quizzes and case studies and then attending two 1 hour online sessions. These are interactive, and mean you still get to discuss, share and ask questions.  You’ll get sent a copy of the workbook to make notes in as you work through the session. All you’ll then need is a quiet room, an Internet connection, computer and headphones or phone.  It’s as close to being there in person as we can make it!  

Liz Tibbutt started her HR career after chucking in the towel (literally) on her 12 year career as a chef. After several years in Corporate HR at Air New Zealand, Liz moved to London where she focused on recruitment and HR project management. She also completed an MBA from Henley Management College. But the new millennium called Liz home and she spent the next 12 years as a contractor and consultant in a wide variety of industries and sectors in NZ and Australia.  She is passionate about digital technology, HR data, change management & research. Liz also runs insideHR – a website that brings together the latest HR news relevant to HR professionals in New Zealand. Liz joined Elephant in 2019.

Nikki Peck has over 20 years of generalist HR experience working in diverse sectors such as health, engineering, utilities, retail and not-for-profit.  Nikki has a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources from The University of Auckland and joined Elephant in 2012 as an HR Consultant and facilitator. She always receives fantastic feedback from managers and HR people for making any workshop she runs interesting, entertaining and extremely useful - sharing practical real life examples and answering curly questions.

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Essential Employment Law

Our popular one day employment law training workshop covers 13 pieces of employment legislation and HOW to apply it in the workplace.

Not only that… you’ll have some fun learning!

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What people have said about attending:

“For me the whole day was useful to embed my knowledge – it was an excellent refresher course.”

“Learning about justifications re some of the case law – good to know why a decision was made, course was awesome thank you”

“A fantastic course overall. The fact that I came away with some essential knowledge relating to fixed terms contracts and trial periods (amongst everything else!) meant I could come into work and confidently make a few changes to our IEA's the next day.”

“The seminar was interactive and although professional, was still quite a relaxed environment. The Elephant team really know their stuff and are happy to answer every little niggling question I had during the breaks.”

“It is a lot of information, but I feel really well informed”

“Thank you, I feel better able to talk with my managers and give advice more clearly and back up with good rationale.  I really liked how Nikki gave us good examples on how to phrase your advice to your manager without getting them off-side”.

“This was excellent, I feel like I understand the basics a lot better”.

Disciplinary & Dismissal Workshop

Following Employment Law is our one day Disciplinary and Dismissals workshop.

Find out more here.