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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.

Employment lawyers are able to see things as black and white - but in HR it doesn’t work like that. We can’t just give an opinion on what the legislation says and leave the decision to our client. For us, it’s more complicated than that.

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 as an HR professional. Because all of our facilitators are HR people who have to put it in place every day. And we all trained in employment law so know how to comply.

Next running

Auckland - Thursday 31 January 2019

Wellington - Thursday 21 February 2019

Auckland - Wednesday 3 April 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

What people have said about attending:

“Lisa understood the differences that exist in both public/private sector. Was able to provide good advice and info about fixed term contracts, Holidays Act & Privacy Act”

“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.”

“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”.

“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.”

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!  

Aaron McIntosh has over 20 years experience in HR, L&D, Capability, Health & Safety and management roles with extensive experience developing Health and Safety procedures. He has worked with companies as diverse as McDonalds, MBIE, Fastway Couriers, Craggy Range and ESITO. He joined Elephant in 2015 and facilitates our Employment Law workshop and is a Management Bites facilitator. Aaron receives excellent feedback as he able to share real life examples of how to apply legislation.

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 great 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 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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