Qualifications : BSocSc, LLB, University of Waikato.
Fiona practices predominantly in employment law and has particular expertise in Holidays Act compliance and minimum employment entitlements including remediation work and arrears claims. She is also well versed in the preparation of employment agreements and policy documents, provides practical assistance through employment processes (including restructures, disciplinary, performance-related and medical incapacity processes) and assists clients in raising and resolving their employment relationship problems, regularly representing clients in mediation.
Fiona also has experience in debt recovery and ACC matters.
Areas of expertise
- Employment Disputes
- Employment Law
- Personal Grievances
- Employment Agreements and Policies
- Medical Incapacity
- Disciplinary Action
- Termination of Employment
- Minimum Wage
- Holidays and Leave
- ACC Disputes
- Named a 'Rising Star' by NZ|Lawyer for 2022
Will the time to file a PG for sexual harassment be extended?
Currently, employees wishing to raise a personal grievance for allegations involving sexual harassment only have the standard 90 days from the date th...
Discretionary bonus schemes
A recent decision from the Court of Appeal has overturned an earlier Employment Court ruling on whether discretionary bonus payments are to be taken i...
New COVID legislation makes it easier for employers to impose vaccinate mandates
On 26 November 2021, the COVID-19 Response (Vaccinations) Legislation Act 2021 (“the Act”) came into force, followed by the COVID-19 Public Health Res...
Can employers require employees to be vaccinated for commercial reasons?
This question is rapidly gaining relevance and growing in importance as an increasing number of businesses and private landowners alike are choosing t...
Government widens vaccine mandate for employees
The Government has announced new legislation to provide greater clarity to employers about when they can mandate vaccines. This is essentially a new v...
No jab no job?
Since 1 May 2021, the Government has required that certain front-line border workers be vaccinated. Workers who had not been vaccinated within the sti...
Sick leave will increase from 5 days to 10 days
From late July 2021 to late July 2022, all New Zealand employees will see their sick leave entitlements increase from 5 days to 10 days each entitleme...
Privacy implications of employers asking for employees’ vax status
In our previous article, we discuss whether employers can require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.COVID-19 vaccinations are in the news ag...
Compulsory COVID vaccines for employees?
As the COVID-19 pandemic worsens due to new South African, UK and Brazilian variants, and a vaccine becomes accessible, employers across the globe are...
Availability Provisions Clarified
A recent decision of the Employment Court has clarified the reach of availability provisions. This decision has an impact for all employers who requi...
Employment Law Changes
The introduction of the Labour government has seen a recent shake up to employment legislation. Many of the changes are a restoration of standards an...
Employment law reforms announced
The Labour-led coalition Government has recently announced the first round of the employment law reforms that it promised pre-election. Although chan...