Welcome to Cullen - The Employment Law Firm
Cullen - The Employment Law Firm is a specialist employment law firm with a wide range of employer and employee clients. We have acted for employer clients from both the public and private sectors, and for individual employees.
23 October 2019
Older readers will have seen many established New Zealand businesses taken over by ambitious entrepreneurs shaking the old company to its foundations.
Credit Suisse has followed a similar pathway. It had a halo in Switzerland and was the bastion of the Zurich establishment. But in 2015, the board hired a chief executive to give the place a shake up, one Tidjane Thiam.
He certainly has made an impact. Much of what gave the bank its distinctive character has been dismantled. More ...
9 October 2019
There has been a lot of media attention on the performance of referees in the Rugby World Cup.
In fact, after several contentious calls in early games of the tournament, World Rugby issued a statement acknowledging that the performances of the match officials "were not consistently of the standards set by World Rugby and themselves".
But at what point is the expected standard that of perfection?
Keen-eyed rugby watchers look out for referee blunders from a wide assortment of camera angles. Passionate supporters will be watching every move looking for anything that disadvantages their preferred team. More ...
25 September 2019
A man recently hit global headlines for taking a clown to a redundancy meeting. Joshua Thompson, an Auckland advertising copywriter, brought Joe the Clown along to the meeting as a support person.
The clown made balloon animals for the meeting attendees and mimed crying as the employee was handed the redundancy paperwork.
Normally, employment meetings where an employee is likely to bring a support person are very serious and stressful times. Few employees would turn their mind to hiring a clown in those circumstances. However, Thompson's unusual choice to bring along a support clown sheds a light on whether there are limits to your support person choices. More ...
12 September 2019
A recent WorkSafe prosecution demonstrated the extent of the health and safety obligations in respect of company vehicles.
Sorenson Transport Limited was prosecuted by WorkSafe after one of its truck's brakes failed. An employee was injured, and the driver of the other vehicle sustained life changing injuries. WorkSafe investigated the incident and found the truck was not maintained to proper standards, and the brakes were not included on the employer's fleet check sheet.
WorkSafe Chief Inspector Steve Kelly said that Sorenson should have ensured the truck was adequately maintained and established an effective system for identifying and monitoring maintenance requirements.
11 September 2019
Employees at Auckland's SkyCity Casino feel that their weekends are not being valued enough.
About 100 SkyCity Casino workers went on strike last week calling for more compensation for the "unsociable hours" that they work in a campaign called "back to the weekend" organised by Unite Union.
Unite Union claims workers are "forced" to work nights and weekends irrespective of their personal situation and with no extra pay.
Striking employees want SkyCity to recognise that not all hours are equal and staff should receive better pay if they are willing and able to work these "difficult hours". More ...
28 August 2019
The world is watching to see if China's army marches across the border into Hong Kong and imposes some form of martial law.
Hong Kong was a British Colony until 1997 when it was returned to China with the guarantee of certain freedoms not enjoyed in the rest of China by the mainland population.
Hong Kong has been a commercial hub for centuries with a key role of bridging the western world and China in terms of commerce and trade. More ...
14 August 2019
Do you swear? Do you object to others swearing in your presence? What about in a work environment? What about where you get your coffee?
Barista, Rachel Ferrar was fired from her job at The Flying Bean Coffee Cart on The Esplanade in Petone for swearing in front of customers.
Ferrari worked for the business from February 2015 until her dismissal on 18 May 2018.
Her case was the subject of a recent Employment Relations Authority determination. More ...
31 July 2019
Your fingerprint is uniquely your own, tied to your identity for your entire life. It is for this very reason that technology is advancing the usefulness of biometric data like fingerprints, making it much harder for people to keep their identity and history private.
These technological advances are everywhere - from DNA technology allowing police to solve cold cases to everyday people unlocking their phone with a scan of their face. More ...
19 June 2019
There is an undoubtable increase in "binging" behaviour resulting in significant losses to employers and their businesses.
A recent Radio Times survey in the United Kingdom looked at the binge viewing habits of 5500 people.
This is a recent phenomenon with the advent of Netflix and other streaming services which allow viewers to watch entire series of TV shows in one go.
Many New Zealand television companies have also launched "catch up" services enabling further binge viewing. More ...
5 June 2019
Parliament has been shaken by the finding that it is a toxic workplace with systematic bullying and harassment.
People management consultant Debbie Francis undertook an independent review of bullying and harassment in Parliament. She spoke with people and created an online survey which was completed by 1000 people.
Numerous incidents of sexual harassment and violence were reported. Fourteen people reported sexual assault, and 104 people reported unwanted touching or sexual advances. More ...