Trouble @ Work?
As an employee you have rights under law. The law can be complex but we can help. Get in touch with us or take a look below at some questions and answers around employment law.
"I've lost my job but I don't think I've been treated fairly... what are my options?"
Your employer must treat you with 'good faith'. If they haven't, you have the right to make a personal grievance against them but it must be done withing 90 days (about three months) of you losing your job.
"What is the difference between a lawyer and an advocate?"
There are two major differences: Firstly, a lawyer is not only trained in the law, they are admitted to the Bar - in other words, they are an Officer of the Court; Secondly, lawyers are answerable to the New Zealand Law Society so if you are unsatisfied with their service you have a regulatory body to complain to.
Employment advocates often do not have the level of training, education or insurance cover that lawyers have. Also, they are entirely unregulated.