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What is an employment law advocate?

#yourquestionsanswered What is an advocate?

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An employment law advocate provides support for employees facing workplace challenges. Whether you're seeking advice, representation, or assistance in resolving disputes, we play a crucial role in ensuring that your rights and interests are protected and that you are treated fairly.

What is an employment law advocate:

An employment law advocate in New Zealand is a professional who specializes in employment law matters, offering guidance and representation to both employers and employees. These advocates are well-versed in the nuances of employment legislation, including the Employment Relations Act 2000, the Holidays Act 2003, and other relevant statutes. They may come from law, HR or business backgrounds but should have strong experience in employment law.

How do they differ from practising lawyers?

Aside from their backgrounds, the difference is mainly in the way that they charge. Lawyers with a practising certificate cannot work on a contingency or 'no win, no fee' basis. This means that lawyers charge any hourly rate for all work done as they go.

How can an advocate help me?
  1. Legal Advice and Consultation: Employment law advocates provide individuals with legal advice tailored to their specific situations. Whether an employee seeks clarification on their rights or an employer needs guidance on compliance, an advocate offers expert insights to help navigate the complexities of employment law.

  2. Representation in Legal Proceedings: If a dispute escalates to a legal proceeding, an employment law advocate can represent individuals in various forums, including the Employment Relations Authority (ERA).They will present the case, argue legal points, and ensure that their client's rights are protected throughout the legal process.

  3. Contract Review and Negotiation: Employment law advocates can assist in reviewing employment contracts to ensure they comply with legal standards and protect the rights of the parties involved. They may also assist in negotiating contract terms, ensuring fairness and legality.

  4. Redundancy and Termination Assistance: In cases of redundancy or termination, an employment law advocate can provide advice on the legality of the process, help negotiate severance packages, and ensure that the rights of the affected party are upheld.

In a nutshell

Employment advocates provide advice and support navigating employment law. If you have questions, an issue or have been treated unfairly, they're a good place to start! Give us a call, it's free and we're hear to listen!


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