Employment Law During Covid-19 (LIVE Webinar)

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19th Aug 2020


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New Zealand (GMT+12): 9am to 1pm


COVID-19 has, almost overnight, changed New Zealand. Nowhere has this change been more apparent than in employment law. Employers and employees have had to adapt to a new way of working and evolving government policies. Some of the impacts will be temporary while others will permanently transform the way people work.

Relying on its substantial experience and lessons learned over this extremely challenging time for employers, Quigg Partners’ Employment Team is presenting a masterclass to address COVID-19 and how it impacts on your business, your employees and your obligations.

This Masterclass will explore the many different ways HR professionals, in-house counsel and employment law practitioners have been forced to grapple with the implications of the virus in so far as workplaces and workers are concerned. There will be a particular focus on the Wage Subsidy its requirements and its implications. We will also explore what proactive steps can be taken to protect your business and position it for further changes and challenges.

In this Masterclass we will also take time to think about the future – how might this pandemic change the future of work?

Learning Objectives

  • Gain a detailed understanding of the Government policy in relation to COVID-19.
  • Gain knowledge of potential areas of risk in relation to the application of these policies.
  • Anticipate and address challenges with a physical return to work.
  • Understand the health and safety implications of COVID-19 and its impact on the workplace.
  • Address the challenges of employees working from home long-term.
  • Understand how to move your workforce from office based to home based.
  • Gain a deep understanding of restructuring processes and how to undertake them in a COVID-19 world.


Featuring Our Speakers

Michael Quigg


Quigg Partners

Michael is a Partner and head of the Employment team at Quigg Partners in Wellington, New Zealand. He specialises in all areas of employment law and workplace health and safety, with over 30 years of experience in advising a broad range of clients.

Michael and his team provide advice on all aspects of employment law and workplace health and safety to both New Zealand-based and multinational companies with operations throughout Australasia and the rest of the World. Clients assisted by Michael and the team range from multinational corporations and government departments to local small businesses and individuals.

Michael has appeared in various employment forums and Courts including the Coroners Court over the years in relation to a number of cases dealing with all aspects of employment law and health and safety. Michael has a special interest in Board and CEO issues.  Michael currently sits as a Member of the New Zealand Parole Board.


Simon Martin


Quigg Partners

Simon is a Partner in Quigg Partners’ employment law group. He was admitted to the Bar in 2008 and has over 10 years’ experience in all aspects of employment law. He advises a wide array of clients, from small businesses to multinational entities and public sector organisations. He regularly represents clients at mediation, and has appeared in the Employment Relations Authority, Employment Court and both the District and High Courts.

Simon has a particular interest and expertise in complex restructurings, the employment-related aspects of sales and purchases of businesses, and solving contentious employment disputes. Simon assists clients with their Health and Safety obligations by providing advice on compliance, but has also acted for clients defending WorkSafe prosecutions resulting from workplace injuries or incidents.


Nick Logan

Senior Associate

Quigg Partners

Nick is a Senior Associate at Quigg Partners. He has been practicing employment law since 2011 and has considerable experience in both contentious and non-contentious areas. Nick has worked in a multinational employment law team in London and assisted clients both in the UK and internationally.

Nick advises a wide array of clients from small businesses to multinational entities and public sector organisations. He has a particular interest in the employment law aspects of the sale and purchase of businesses, terminations and the start up/tech sector.



Who should attend?

HR professionals, in-house counsel and employment law practitioners.

Topics Covered

  • The Wage Subsidy – issues and challenges.
  • Challenges with a return to the workplace.
  • Working from home long term – implications.
  • Restructuring