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For payroll people - work can seem relentless. There is always another deadline coming up and too little time to get everything done. So this year we’re focusing on giving you new ideas on how to do more with less and manage your payroll function in a new way. Better for you, and better for your business because they will have a happier payroll function.

Our master class is split into 3 sections focusing first on employment law and the Holidays Act, then on how you can influence your managers to follow process and lastly how you can free up some time.


As always with elephant, we focus on giving you practical tools and techniques that really work, not just theory. We also answer any questions you have with practical solutions and ideas you can really use. So even if you’re busy, taking a day out to attend may be just what you need.

Workshop Dates & Pricing


Auckland =Thursday 24 February 2022

Wellington = Wed 9 March 2022

Early Bird (up to 2 weeks before): $425 + GST

Full price: $550 + GST

10% saving for 2+ attendees or NFP

Register to attend

Workshop Contents & Presenters


Introductions and challenges brainstorm.

The Holidays Act & other employment law

Need we say more? This session is going to deep dive into the upcoming changes with the Holidays Act so you know what you need to do to comply as well as any other recent employment law changes that impact on payroll. After a short morning tea, we’re also going to look at case law and some case studies, answer all your weird and wonderful questions as well as share ideas for managing leave and compliance. It will be a magical two hours.


Influencing your managers: This next section of the master class gives you tools and techniques to use to influence and support your managers with payroll processes. You’ll learn clever ways to grab managers attention, get them to actually read your payroll emails and to follow process. If you’ve ever been frustrated with managers not following directions – this session will give you new ideas to get them doing what they should and not asking lots of questions!


Managing Time without eight arms: Our last session of the day focuses on how you can use your time well when you’ve always got too much to do and another deadline is approaching. We know many payroll people hardly ever get time off and this session is about creating time so you can have a break. We cover new tools and techniques you can use, talk about resilience, discuss push back and delegation and much more.

Action planning session


Nikki Peck, Workshop MC, Elephant

Nikki is a respected HR consultant and facilitator with over 20 years diverse experience.  She is always highly sought after by our Elephant clients, gets rave reviews from any workshop or session she runs, and was one of the 10 Best HR People in NZ 2018. A core focus for Nikki when working with clients is “lets make this less complicated, be genuine and have some fun while we do it”.

Mike Mercer, Senior Solicitor, Simpson Grierson

Mike is a Senior Solicitor in Simpson Grierson's Wellington office. Mike has experience in all aspects of employment law – advising on health and safety, disciplinary and dismissal processes, drafting employment agreements and workplace policies, personal grievance issues, performance management and holidays and leave issues.

I hadn't been to an Elephant conference and I really enjoyed it. Got alot of tips and has made me re-think a few things.

The conference was great, I enjoyed learning from Kathryn Jackson, Bobbie Hanlon and Campbell Fisher. I also had fun meeting and talking to other people who attended the conference, I find most of the people friendly. Surely not a boring conference.

I liked the variety of presenters and the ability to network with colleagues from out of town.

As always Elephant hold a great payroll conference, always enjoy these.

Was great for making contacts with others and learning others experiences and problems etc.

Thoroughly enjoyed it. Took away lots of knowledge and tips. Loved Anna and Bobbi's presentations - so inspiring!!!

Fantastic presenters very engaging!!

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Workshop Dates & Pricing


Auckland =Thursday 24 February 2022

Wellington = Wed 9 March 2022

Early Bird (up to 2 weeks before): $425 + GST

Full price: $550 + GST

10% saving for 2+ attendees or NFP

Register to attend HR


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Rebecca Rendle, Employment Law Partner, Simpson Grierson

Rebecca is a partner in the Auckland employment law group at Simpson Grierson. Experienced in all aspects of employment law, her expertise includes advising on personal grievance claims, restructuring, holiday pay compliance and remediation, disciplinary, and performance management processes. Rebecca regularly attends mediations and represents clients in the Employment Relations Authority and Employment Court.