Employment Agreements seminar series

Trends in Employment Agreements and Employment Law Update 2020/2021 seminar series.

Seminar details and registration

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.

The seminar series has established a reputation as the definitive source of practitioner-focused information on current employment relations practices in New Zealand and the accompanying book which includes analysis of employment agreements provisions at sector and industry level, is an essential reference for those involved in bargaining.

Dr Stephen Blumenfeld, Director of CLEW, presents the latest development in collective agreements and looks at the trends on collective agreement provisions over the last few years. Well-known and respected Auckland employment lawyer, Peter Kiely, discusses the most interesting and key employment law cases over the last twelve months as well as an update on the developments in legislation. The Employment Court of New Zealand Judges chair the seminars in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch.

Who should attend this seminar?

Human resource and employment relations professionals; union officials; employment lawyers; employment policy analysts; and those with an interest in employment condition trends and employment law.

Note: the Trends in Employment Agreements and Employment Law Update seminars account for three hours CPD of the NZ Law Society requirements.

Seminar schedule dates

Wednesday 28 July - Christchurch: Savoy 2 Room, Rydges Latimer Christchurch, 30 Latimer Square, Christchurch
Thursday 29 July - Dunedin: Conference Room, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 30 Octagon, Dunedin
Tuesday 3 August - Auckland: Victoria University of Wellington rooms, Level 4, 50 Kitchener St, Auckland 1010.
Tuesday 10 August - Wellington: Grand Space, Rydges Hotel Wellington, 75 Featherston St, Wellington.

All seminars run from 9 am to 12.30 pm.


8.30–9.30 am: Registration

9–10.30 am: Trends in Collective Agreement provision. Presenter: Dr Stephen Blumenfeld, Director, CLEW

10.30–11 am: Morning tea/networking

11–12.30 pm: Developments in Employment Law Cases 2019–2020. Presenter: Peter Kiely, Partner, KielyThompsonCaisley


The seminars presented by way of webinar are the same as those presented in person but without the advantage of interacting and discussing with your fellow attendees. The time allowed is as per the 'in-person' sessions but the webinar is likely to be slightly shorter because of the reduced discussion. The webinars are limited to 40 people per session and we may add a third session if demand is sufficient.

Thursday 5 August, 9.30 am–1 pm - Trends in Employment Agreements, 9.30am – 11.00am; Employment Law Update, 11-30am – 1.00pm. (max 40)

Wednesday 11 August, 12.30 pm–4 pm - Employment Law Update, 12-30pm – 2.00pm; Trends in Employment Agreements, 2.30pm – 4.00pm. (max 40)

The link to log in to the presentation and the seminar book will be sent to those registered prior to the webinar.

Seminar registration information

Fees (excl GST):

Full fee: $490
Earlybird fee (register by 15 June): $440
Webinar: $280

NOTE: The seminar/webinar fees include the the cost of the seminar book which costs $155 if purchased separately.


Order and purchase the seminar book

If you are unable to attend the seminar the accompanying book can be purchased by completing the order form below and sending it to CLEW. Alternatively, if you wish to pay by credit card go to our payment portal which also acts as an order form. Enter an email address in the ‘customer details’ screen to ensure you receive a receipt for your payment. The book costs $155 and will be available in late July, in time for our seminars in the South Island. We have a limited supply of last years books still available which can be ordered on the same form.

If you have any queries please contact the centre manager:

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Sue Ryall