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2020 Publications

1 July 2020

The way we experience our country depends in large part on our background and our identity. The opportunities afforded to us, and the rewards we receive, vary accordingly.

The way the world appears to one person may be very different to the way it appears to their neighbour or colleague, particularly if one belongs to the majority culture and one to a minority culture or group. More ...

17 June 2020

For many the working arrangements put in place during the higher Covid-19 alert levels may have prompted longer term changes to how they work.

There has been a growing push for more flexible working starting long before the Covid-19 pandemic. Flexible work has been said to result in better job satisfaction, better work-life balance, reduced absenteeism, and less sick leave usage. More ...

4 June 2020

Community support for law is strongest when the laws are enacted following an accepted process and when they apply equally to everybody.

The British Government, like many around the world, responded to Covid-19 by enacting regulations to keep its citizens at home. In essence these regulations required that people stay home, and can only leave to exercise once a day, go to work if they are essential workers, shop for essential items and fulfil any medical or care needs. More ...

20 May 2020

The looming economic recession triggered by the coronavirus pandemic is going to lead to significant unemployment.

There will be many businesses seeking to re-pivot and restructure to make themselves more sustainable in the current climate.

These companies may find independent contractor arrangements much more attractive than hiring employees. More ...

5 May 2020

We have all endured the boredom of lockdown and are pushing through the slightly less restricted level three.

However, with restrictions posed to reduce even further over the coming weeks and months, people have started to cast their minds towards what happens next. More ...

22 April 2020

For most people living in New Zealand, and perhaps the world, the last couple of months have changed lives in ways that would have been inconceivable only a short time ago.

We are presently in lockdown and can expect to be in under variations on lockdown, whether absolute or benign for some time to come.

Unfortunately, not everybody has followed the rules. More ...

9 April 2020

The work environment for many people looks very different than it did a month ago.

Many New Zealanders are now working from home in accordance with Government guidance and restrictions during the Covid-19 coronavirus national lockdown.

Many employees have shifted from their office to their home office - whether that's in a bedroom, a study or the kitchen table. More ...

25 March 2020

The coronavirus infection count has skyrocketed and countries across the world have shut down cities. Even in New Zealand our "business as usual" is changing.

People have reacted to the crisis in a number of ways. Many people have been confronted with the constant stream of Covid-19 coronavirus updates will no doubt be scared of the virus and its effects. Others may be simply frustrated with onerous travel restrictions and event cancellations. More ...

11 March 2020

It was only a matter of time before the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak hit our shores.

Less than a month ago I wrote about how employers could deal with issues of whether employees could be kept home from work out of suspicion of contracting the disease or to ensure they undertake the required self-isolation. That legal guidance still remains relevant. More ...

26 February 2020

Finding the right person for the job can be a tough task for an employer.

Inevitably, the values of an employer are going to influence the operation they run and the sort of employees they seek. As a result, job adverts reflect diverse values and the outlook of a wide range of different people. More ...


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Cullen - The Employment Law Firm was one of the first eleven law firms in New Zealand approved to provide employment law services to Government and the public sector.

Employment insecurity?

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Cullen - The Employment Law Firm and Women's Refuge are partnering to bring your business an understanding of the effects of domestic violence and the new laws assisting victims of domestic violence at work. Contact us to discuss your needs.

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