• We are BuckettLaw, Wellington’s
    pre-eminent employment law firm.

    As employment law experts, we provide specialist legal advice, support and advocacy for employers and employees nationwide.
    Your first email or phone contact is free.

  • Providing timely and expert legal advice since 1998, BuckettLaw is led by leading employment law specialist Barbara Buckett. Our team of employment lawyers is committed to achieving the best possible outcome for clients, whilst also providing an efficient and cost-effective service.

  • Piecing together your Business’s Employment Relations Requirements

    BuckettLaw has extensive experience advising and representing employers from a range of industries and backgrounds. Whether you are a small, medium or large business, BuckettLaw can service all your employment relations needs.

  • Kicked to the Curb? BuckettLaw can assist

    BuckettLaw has represented a vast number of employees in work-related disputes. As a specialist firm, BuckettLaw can ensure your case, and upholding your rights, is our number one priority.

  • Located in the heart of Wellington City, BuckettLaw services clients nationwide, with a strong presence in certain regions. If you are unsure whether you need an employment lawyer, or want a preliminary discussion on your employment issue, get in touch with one of our employment lawyers right away.

We are BuckettLaw, Wellington’s pre-eminent employment law firm.

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EMPLOYMENT LAW SERVICES FOR EMPLOYEES

BuckettLaw has represented immense numbers of employees in work-related disputes and prides itself on achieving positive outcomes for employee-clients who often find themselves in an inferior bargaining position. As a specialist firm, BuckettLaw can ensure your case, and upholding your rights, is our number one priority.

Employees come from a range of different backgrounds and their ability to understand the law can vary. BuckettLaw will ensure you understand the law as it impacts you, so you are fully informed and understand any decisions or actions you make. We also recognise employment disputes are not always simple and therefore a “one-size-fits-all” approach is not appropriate. Employment disputes can heavily impact your professional reputation, personal life, and financial livelihood. They should be navigated carefully to preserve your well-being and future career.

Whether you wish to retain your current employment, obtain an exit package or undergo a smooth transition into alternative employment, BuckettLaw can assist you in achieving your desired outcome.

Below is a full list of our employee-services. If you have a question in relation to any of the services listed, or as to how BuckettLaw may assist you, we urge you to pick up the phone and discuss the matter with one of our employment lawyers, entirely free of charge.

Statutory timeframes do exist in the employment context, we urge you not to wait until it is too late to enforce your rights and to seek advice before making any hasty decisions.

  • Advocacy & Dispute Resolution Services
    • Unjustified Dismissal/Termination Claims
    • Unjustified Disadvantage Claims
    • Negotiations & Mediations
    • Claims for Breach of Contract (Employee & Contractor)
  • Dealing with Employment Processes & Issues
    • Challenging & Defending Disciplinary Processes
    • Challenging & Defending Performance Improvement Processes
    • Organisational Change, Restructures & Redundancies Advice
    • Defending & Challenging Medical Incapacity Processes (long term sickness)
  • Human Rights Related Issues
    • Unfair Hiring Practices, including Discrimination
    • Bullying and Harassment Issues
    • Discrimination (Under the Employment Relations Act & Human Rights Act) Issues
    • Sexual & Racial Harassment Issues
    • Forced Early Retirement
  • Day to Day Employment Relationship Issues 
    • Health & Safety Issues
    • Confidentiality & Restraints of Trade
    • Flexible Working Arrangements
    • 90-day Trial Periods
    • Absenteeism & Abandonment of Employment
  • Employment Relationships, Fundamental Obligations
    • Employment Agreement Advice
    • Breaches of Good Faith & Fidelity and Trust & Confidence
    • Explaining Employee Statutory Entitlements
    • Parental Leave
    • Privacy & Human Rights Issues
  • Other Specialist Services
    • Unpaid Wages & Holiday Pay Claims
    • Specialist Representation of Mid-Top Tier Management
    • Specialist Representation of Corporate Officers & Directors
    • Specialist Representation of State-Sector Employees (State Sector Act Experts)
    • Whistleblowing Advice
    • ACC Claims & Reviews
BuckettLaw are the most professional, caring, understanding team of employment lawyers you could choose to get the job done. When I was at my wits end and didn't know where to turn I was told to contact them to seek advice and help with a situation that was getting out of control and causing me to endure endless bullying and harassment in the workplace. Not only did they assist me professionally they also went over and above their duty to help me emotionally. I would highly recommend their services to anyone who needs help with any employment matter big or small.

Tricia Stimson, Employee Client

 
 
BuckettLaw acted for a Creative Director who had been both unjustifiably disadvantaged and dismissed. The employee received substantive compensation for the hurt and humiliation suffered in respect of both personal grievances, significant reimbursement of lost wages and contribution to his legal costs.

Allan v Ogilvy Wellington Ltd WA84A/08, File No 5085452  

BuckettLaw acted for an employee, a chief operating officer, who had been unjustifiably dismissed under the grounds of medical incapacity. The case was successful appealed to the Employment Court where the employee was found to have been unjustifiably dismissed and awarded compensation for the hurt and humiliation suffered, lost wages and a substantial contribution to his legal costs. The employer sought leave to appeal the case to the Court of Appeal, however BuckettLaw successfully defended that application and the Court’s decision.

Banks v Hockey Manawatu Inc [2015] NZERA Wellington 127, Banks v Hockey Manawatu Inc [2016] NZEmpC 97 & Banks v Hockey Manawatu Inc [2016] NZCA 300  

BuckettLaw acted for an employee in bringing claims for unjustifiable dismissal and unjustified disadvantage. The Employment Relations Authority found the employee had been unjustifiably dismissed and awarded compensation for hurt and humiliation, lost wages and a contribution to her legal costs.

Choveaux v Accident Compensation Corporation WA110/07, File No 5052501  

BuckettLaw acted for an employee who had been unfairly dismissed from his workplace under a 90-day trial period. BuckettLaw took the case to the Employment Relations Authority, who found that the employee had been unjustifiably dismissed due to a pre-work trial and the employer had unfairly bargained in respect of the employment agreement. The employee was awarded compensation for the hurt and humiliation of a dismissal, reimbursement of lost wages and a contribution to legal costs.

Fagotti v Acme & Co Ltd [2015] NZEmpC 135  

BuckettLaw successfully brought a claim for an employee who had been unjustifiably suspended and dismissed from her employment. The employee was awarded compensation for the hurt and humiliation caused, reimbursement of lost wages and a contribution to legal costs.

Mala v AccideMala v Accident Compensation Corporation [2013] NZERA Wellington 131  

BuckettLaw acted for an employee who had been unjustifiably dismissed by way of redundancy. The Employment Relations Authority determined the dismissal was procedurally unjustified as the employer failed to advise it was considering making the employee’s position redundant or provide any information as to how it formed that view. The employee was awarded compensation for the hurt and humiliation of a dismissal, reimbursement of lost wages and a contribution to her legal costs.

Milne v New Leaf Beauty Therapy Ltd [2011] NZERA Wellington 151  

BuckettLaw acted for a doctor who had received an unjustified warning at work. BuckettLaw challenged the warning in the Employment Relations Authority and the warning was removed from the record and the doctor received compensation for hurt and humiliation and a substantial contribution to her legal costs. The employer then appealed the quantum of the award of legal costs, which we successfully defended and received an addition legal costs award for.

Pathways Health Ltd v Moxon [2013] NZEmpC 18 & Moxon v Pathways Health Ltd t/a Pathways [2011] NZERA Christchurch 151  

BuckettLaw acted for a Chief Pilot who had been unjustifiably dismissed from his employment. The Employment Relations Authority found the employer had unjustifiably dismissed the employee, in the process breaching its good faith obligations and the principles of natural justice. The employee was compensation for the hurt and humiliation suffered, reimbursement of lost wages and a contribution to his legal costs.

Smith v Air2there.com (2008) Ltd [2011] NZERA Wellington 62  

BuckettLaw acted for a Principal Corrections Officer where it was determined he was unjustifiably dismissed from his employment. The Employment Relations Authority ordered the employee be reinstated to his position and that he receive compensation for hurt and humiliation, reimbursement of lost wages and a contribution to his legal costs.

Tawhiwhirangi v Chief Executive, Department of Corrections WA65/07, File No 5050583  

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P: +64 4 472 8600

Physical Address:
1/309 Willis Street
Te Aro, Wellington

Postal Address:
PO Box 6137
Marion Square, Wellington 6141

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30AM-5:00PM

E: reception@buckettlaw.co.nz

 

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