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The first of our three Employment Law Workshops, in collaboration with Ignite Wanaka, took place in November.

Our resident Employment Law Specialist, Robbie Bryant, spoke to local businesses about navigating the maze of Employment Law and talked about key things employers should be aware of when it comes to hiring people.

Robbie also addressed the subject of mandatory vaccination orders, which have added yet another level of complexity for businesses around the country.

Insights were provided about spotting the difference between an employee and a contractor, and the importance of setting up the right type of employment agreement at the outset.

When it comes to contract law, many organisations still get it wrong - and the irony is that most of the issues we see could have been avoided. We have a helpful employment agreement evaluation tool and questionnaire on our website that you may find useful.

Tip of the day: One of the easiest ways to spot the difference between an employee and a contractor is to ask yourself – is this person serving my business or are they serving their own? If they are serving their own business, they will most likely be considered an independent contractor.

Our next Employment Law Workshop is happening in February and will be exclusively for the trades.

It’s a must-attend for all tradie businesses – building, plumbing, electrical, painting, mechanic, refrigeration, drainage, roofing, glaziers, engineering - and anyone who is responsible for employing people.

Employment & HR