Employment lawyer Viv D’Or knows more than most the impact of troubles at work. Having experienced issues as both an employee and employer, Viv set out to establish a practice providing a trusted, approachable service with a focus on helping employees resolve issues with minimal fuss.
“Any threat to our continued employment causes most us to panic,” said Viv. Just the thought of possibly losing our jobs throws most of us into a spin. Perhaps it is because in modern society we measure our value on our career achievements, but something definitely happens when our employment tenure is threatened.”
Viv recognises that an employment law service needs to be so much more than just a vehicle for leg al advice.
“I work with clients who can’t sleep. They’ve got knots in their stomachs and are often living in a state of fear. They’re worried about being able to pay the rent or mortgage, how to tell their family. There’s an embarrassment issue,” said Viv. “And I know exactly how they feel.”
Helping Your Lawyer Help You – Top Tips to Remember
Employment matters are often highly charged with significant consequences. Navigating resolution can be a tricky process, so Viv has compiled some useful points to be aware of when engaging an employment lawyer.
There are Three Sides To Every Employment Matter
An Employment Court Judge will tell you “There are three sides to every story”:
- The Employer’s side
- The Employee’s side
- The Facts
The first thing an employment lawyer will do is gather the facts. So, texts, letters, emails and diary notes are a good starting point. While we start with your story, it’ s important to remember that employment matters are settled on facts.
Seek Advice Early
If you receive a letter from your employer which include allegations that could lead to a formal warning or dismissal from your job, we suggest you take legal advice immediately. Or go to your local community Law Centre.
Don’t Attend Disciplinary Meetings Alone
Please do not attend any disciplinary meetings without a support person as you need a witness to confirm what is said and give you support through an often-stressful process. Take notes of the meeting and if you are able, tape it.
Reveal all personal actions that may have contributed to your current employment issue. It’s easier when we know all the facts and issues we are dealing with, even if it paints you in a bit of a bad light.
Identifying Your Employment Issue
Viv will help you to identify what your real employment issue is, your likely outcome, and what your next step should be. This advice will be based on the information you have provided. It will also look at the costs to pursue a personal grievance, and what your potential compensation payment (if any) may be.
Exact Outcome of Your Issue.
We can’t determine what the exact outcome of your employment issue will be with only your account of the facts. But we can give you a possible outcome based on the information you’ve provided. Once the employer has provided their version of the fact’s we can give you a more accurate outcome.
Resolving Your Employment Problem
Our primary purpose is to resolve your employment problem promptly, efficiently, and with minimum stress for everyone. Our work might involve;
- ringing your employer with an honest desire to resolve the matter
- writing to your employer, detailing issues or concerns
- Arranging urgent mediation with the assistance of the MBIE (Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment) Mediation service.
Hours to Resolve an Employment Matter
- A s imp le process like complaining about harassment, for support and representation in a disciplinary hearing involves between 3 to 6 hours
- Notifying a Personal Grievance, and negotiating a settlement or an ex-that package might involve between 8 to 12 hours
- Filing a Personal Grievance with the Employment Relations Authority, and going to mediation generally involves 12-16 hours
- A hearing in the Employment Relations Authority usually involves 18-30 hours.