Christchurch, New Zealand
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Employment Consulting and Advocacy

We provide consulting, advocacy and advice to both employers and employees, for immigration related employment advice and guidance. We will provide the best information for our client, whether they be employer or employee. Employment law as well as Immigration law can be very specific on what is and isn't acceptable and there are ofen overlaps between the two that need to be negotiated clearly.

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For employers hiring migrant worker employees

For employers,  it is important that your business operates in line with the relevant legislation because breaches are treated relatively harshly and tend to be closely monitored recently. You must treat migrant workers fairly and in accordance with statutory requirements, but there are additional requirements for visas as well that go above what is necessary for Kiwi workers. These requirements are not onerous, but are easily overlooked. There is no requirement to treat migrant workers especially different to Kiwi workers in general, so we can help if you have questions about your obligations.

Employees need to be made aware of their rights and obligtions with employment. Although the work visa may be tied to the employer, there are still options available to change employer or bring action against an employer if necessary. Being "sponsor" of the visa does not give the employer more rights than they would with Kiwi workers.

Employers also need to be mindful that how migrant workers are dealt with can have impacts through various legislation, including Employment, Immigration and Immigration adviser's licensing law. There can be serious penalties for breaching provisions of this legislation, so to protect yourself, it is important to be aware of the differences.

Our services

  • Visa applications and consulting
  • Employer accreditation
  • Advice on employment agreements and statutory requirements with regard to employment law and immigration law for agreeements and visa applicatios
  • Dispute resolution advice, and advocacy to calm potential disputes before they arise
  • Variations of condition for work, starting work with a new employer
  • help employees clearly undersatnd their employment agreement and what is does or doesn't enforce
  • Drawing up or amending employment agreements to fit with legal requirements

We are here to help both employer and employee to have a positive relationship and avoid problems whcih affect working relations and productivity.  We would rather see employers and employees have a good relationship than being damaged by unnecessary litigation, and the best way for this to happen is for everyone to know and understand their rights and obligations.

Please contact us to learn more