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February 2019

Meet the Employment & Disputes Resolution Team                      

With a great balance of youthful energy and vast experience (a combined total of some 77 years in legal practice!) our employment and disputes resolution team stands ready to assist clients with all types of disputes. 

We recognise that our clients’ interests may require an innovative approach to finding a solution that achieves the best possible outcome.  But if court action is required, our skilled advocates will ensure that the case is presented in the best possible light – and our record of success speaks for itself.  

If you are grappling with a problem of a legal nature give one of our team a call – they will be happy to help!  


Attention all Employers!                      

There are a number of important legislative changes coming into effect early this year that Employers will need to be aware of.  In particular:

From 1 April 2019, employees who are affected by domestic violence will be entitled to take up to 10 days’ paid leave each year.  For an employee to qualify for domestic violence leave they must be affected by domestic violence and must have worked continuously for the employer for a period of 6 months.  If they haven’t worked continuously for the employer, but have on average worked a specified number of hours across a period of 6 months, then the employee may still qualify for domestic violence leave.

The Domestic Violence – Victims’ Protection Act 2018 also allows an employee affected by domestic violence to apply for a short term variation to their working arrangement.  The employer may decline a request to vary working arrangements if the request cannot be reasonably accommodated on certain non-accommodation grounds.    When considering such an application, the employer is required to follow the steps prescribed by the Act.   

To read more click here.

New Zealand Law Society Gender Equality Charter                      

Harmans Lawyers is pleased to confirm that it is a signatory of the New Zealand Law Society Gender Equality Charter.

As a signatory to the Gender Equality Charter, Harmans has committed to improve the retention and advancement of female lawyers in the profession.  In order to achieve this, the Charter requires its signatories to regularly review their practice with a gender equality and inclusion lens and to take steps including implementing unconscious bias training for all key staff, conducting annual gender pay audits, encouraging flexible working to assist lawyers with balancing their professional and personal responsibilities and adopting equitable briefing and instruction practices.

Harmans is proud to be a signatory of the Charter and looks forward to working with the New Zealand Law Society on gender equality matters going forward.  More information about the Gender Equality Charter and Harmans' commitments as a signatory to can be found at:

Click here to be directed to the Law Society link.

We want to say thank you!                       

We know that many of our new clients come to us by word-of-mouth from you - our existing clients. To us this reflects the trust you have in us and confidence in the service we provide.

We want to say thank you, we really do appreciate our loyal clients and the referrals that you give.

If we can be of any more service to you, or to someone else important to you please let us know.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

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