Seminar and workshop programme

Keep up to date with upcoming seminars and workshops in the Centre for Labour, Employment and Work.

Trends in employment agreements and employment law update seminars

The Trends in Employment Agreements and Employment Law Update seminars provide participants with a comprehensive overview of bargaining and case law developments over the last 12 months.

These annual seminars are presented in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, and Wellington each July/August. We are also offer them as a webinar for those who cannot attend the in-person sessions. CLEW will present the next series in late July/early August 2021.

WORKSHOP: Changes to the Holidays Act – what is proposed and how will it work?

The Holidays Act 2003 is a constant source of frustration for both employers and employees and the deluge of organisations who were found to be non-compliant with Act in recent years that the systems that have been put in place to manage employee pay entitlements have been inadequate to deal with complexity of payments. In February this year Hon Michael Wood, Minister of Workplace Relations and Safe announced that the Government accepted the recommendations of the tripartite Holidays Act Review Taskforce and legislation would be introduced in early 2022.

This workshop, to be held in conjunction with our Trends in Employment Agreements Seminars around the country, will provide information on the proposed changes to the Holidays Act and an opportunity to discuss how they might be operationalised – how will it work in practice and what are some of the issues that might need to be addressed. We will have members of the Taskforce to present their recommendations, now accepted in full by the Government. It will provide an opportunity for unions, employers, government policy experts and legal experts to discuss the proposals from different perspectives and to develop some responses to the changes ahead of the legislation.

Dates and venues:

All sessions will run 1:30pm to 4:00pm.

Wednesday 28 July - Christchurch: Rydges Latimer Christchurch, 30 Latimer Square, Christchurch
Thursday 29 July - Dunedin: Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 30 Octagon, Dunedin
Tuesday 3 August - Auckland: Victoria University of Wellington teaching rooms, Level 4, 50 Kitchener St, Auckland.
Tuesday 10 August - Wellington: Rydges Hotel Wellington, 75 Featherston St, Wellington.

Cost: 85+gst

Lunch (12.30-1.30pm) - additional $20+gst. Selection option when registering.


CLEW 50th Anniversary Seminar

CLEW celebrated its 50th anniversary with a seminar that included key players in the employment relations area in New Zealand. The seminar focused on a key question in 2021 - Is it time to reset our Employment Relations systems? The seminar, held on 14 April 2021, was originally planned for April 2020 but was delayed due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

The programme included an opening address from the Hon Michael Woods, Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety; Professor Gordon Anderson on 'Rethinking the legislative Architecture' for employment relations; and Professor David Peetz from Griffith University in Queensland looked at the role of collective bargaining and unions and assessed if they were still an effective too for determining wages, hours and conditions.  The discussants of these papers represented the broad range of players in the employment relations field - Chief Judge Christina Inglis of the Employment Court of NZ; Peter Cranney, prominent Wellington employment lawyer who has led a number of ground-breaking legal cases; John Ryall formerly from E tu, the largest private sector union; Kerry Davies, General Secretary of New Zealand's largest public sector union, the Public Service Association; Judy Dell, the Principal Mediator; Paul Mackay from Business New Zealand; Melissa Ansell-Bridges from the NZCTU; and Dr Rose Ryan from MBIE.

The keynote papers for each session are included below along with Chief Judge Inglis's paper.