General News / 10.02.2016

Today the BlackmanSpargo team celebrated the opening of their Whakatane office. An enjoyable day was had with clients and other professionals over drinks and nibbles at the Detour Lounge, Whakatane....

Employment / 20.10.2015

Employers should find some comfort in a recent Employment Court decision denying an employee financial remedies because his animal cruelty resulted in an unjustified dismissal. However, despite the outcome being favourable to the employer, the case highlights the cost of defending a personal grievance claim. By way...

Employment / 20.08.2015

At the recent update hosted by the Employment Relations Authority we were reminded how crucial it is for employers to have tangible written records of their disciplinary processes.  Without this written evidence, it is virtually impossible to successfully defend a personal grievance claim. The good...

Employment / 31.07.2015

With the drop in the milk payout it may be tempting to cut costs by reducing staff numbers.  However, as always with employment, making staff redundant is not as straightforward as it seems.  To avoid an employee taking a personal grievance, employers need to be...