Restructuring and Redundancy

Select a session below to book today for $437 incl GST.

This half-day course will be delivered online via Zoom. It is limited to 25 registrations to ensure you get the most out of this session.

Economic upheaval is expected in New Zealand within the next couple of years. Many employers are facing the difficult and challenging position of potential restructuring that may lead to redundancies.

This half day course provides a step-by-step guide to initiating a restructure and following a proper process that complies with legal obligations.

We will consider what constitutes “genuine reasons” for restructuring and redundancy decisions. Find out what is required to justify a decision for restructuring and redundancies, and alternatives to such proposals, such as through Government assistance.

Learn how to navigate through a restructuring process that requires a full understanding of your legal responsibilities.

We will take you through the necessary steps to restructure your business, including considering options such as redeployment. We will Consider relevant case law decisions and current issues relating to the economic downturn and other genuine reasons for redundancy.

Discover how to help staff affected by restructuring, such as through career transitioning.

If you want to find out how to navigate restructuring in your organisation, join presenter and employment lawyer Julia Shallcrass on this interactive half day course.

Attendees will receive a workbook including activities and can ask questions virtually during the live seminar.

Presenting with Impact

Speak with confidence to engage and persuade a variety of audiences. This interactive course will increase your self-confidence and influence your clients and colleagues.

Presentation skills are a powerful tool for client engagement, connecting with colleagues and winning work. Confidence is necessary for influencing and persuading your audience internally as well as outside your organisation.

In this course, participants will explore techniques to deliver effective presentations in team meetings, client briefs and seminars. Through discussion and practical exercises, course participants will consider how to connect with their audience and create a clear call to action.

Presenter Information

As director of KiwiBoss, employment lawyer Julia Shallcrass develops leaders to improve their communication and management skills. Julia has coached senior leaders in public speaking and facilitated workshops on presentation skills for professionals throughout New Zealand. She is a practical and engaging presenter with expertise in training professionals to create high-performing workplaces. Julia is an employment columnist for the NZ Herald.

Persuasive Public Speaking

Do you want to speak with confidence and influence others?

Public speaking is an essential component of seeking sales and improving revenue. Confidence is necessary to persuade your audience, internally as well as to a broader audience outside your organisation.

In this one-day course, sharpen your public speaking skills through practice, and your ability to persuade an audience.

Performance Management and Disciplinary Issues

Performance management and disciplinary issues are the most common causes for personal grievance action at the Employment Relations Authority.

Reduce your risk and grow confidence in managing staff misconduct and poor performance.

Find out how to lawfully conduct the performance management and disciplinary processes and meet employer obligations.

Ensuring employees understand what is expected of them will enhance their contribution to your organisation.

Dealing with misconduct the right way will reduce your risk of personal grievance action and avoid breaching your good faith requirements.

Patient Code of Rights

This interactive course provides an effective overview of patient rights.

Find out how to comply with the Code of Patient Rights, manage complaints and discuss practical case studies.

Negotiating Exits For Problem Employees

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Perhaps your staff member is the wrong fit for the job, a poor performer, bully, or damaging your company’s reputation.

Most employers will need to exit employees at some stage but are unsure how to do it properly. Many employers avoid negotiating exits for fear facing a personal grievance.

In this course, find out how to and manage the exit of problem employees with less stress, by negotiating an exit settlement.

Course Overview

This course provides a comprehensive guide for HR and managers to exiting problem employees through negotiation or mediation.

Our employment lawyer will discuss why you should consider exit settlements for problem employees, with guidance on how to reduce the risk of a personal grievance.

Participants will find out how to prepare for negotiation and mediation and conduct a risk assessment of both parties’ positions.

We will focus on how to resolve matters by way of a record of settlement for a successful outcome. Consider terms of settlement that protect your company and ensure the exit agreement is full and final.

This course gives practical guidance to address issues that commonly arise during negotiation and mediation.

Consider practical ways to protect confidential information, company property, and reputation when a problem employee leaves your organisation.

What To Expect

Join employment lawyer Julia Shallcrass on this virtual half day course. We will explore case law and case studies to show you how to properly exit problem employees.

Concepts and case law will be introduced by the presenter and applied through case studies and discussion. Attendees will receive a digital workbook including activities and can ask questions virtually during the live seminar. This course involves Q&A and activities for you to discuss in small groups.

This course complements our Managing Poor Performers course which focuses on the performance review process.

Managing Poor Performers

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This virtual half-day course is practical and designed to assist you with performance improvement plans and performance management meetings.

This half-day course will be delivered online via Zoom. It is limited to 25 registrations to ensure you get the most out of this session.

Poorly performing employees will consistently make mistakes, miss deadlines, or lack appropriate skills to properly perform their jobs.

Most Kiwi employers will have poor performers at some stage but avoid performance management for fear of getting the process wrong.

Delays in performance management affect team performance and productivity. Managers fed up with poor performers may dismiss them without proper process, causing costly unfair dismissals.

This live and virtual course is a comprehensive overview of the performance management framework. Find out how to avoid poor performance in the first place, and informally address performance issues through coaching staff for improved performance.

This course is practical and designed to assist you in assisting managers write performance improvement plans and attend performance management meetings.

We will discuss practical options for continued non-performance, including performance improvement plans and issuing warnings, ending employment, and negotiating settlement agreements.

We will answer your questions about formal performance management, such as: What should you do to improve staff performance? What is an appropriate timeline for following a performance management process? How can you avoid common legal pitfalls?

What To Expect

Our employment lawyer Julia Shallcrass will help you meet your legal obligations to reduce the risk of personal grievances. We will explain the law on performance management, including what is good faith and how to act fairly and reasonably. We will explore case law and case studies to help you deal with performance issues.

Attendees will receive a digital workbook including activities and can ask questions virtually during the live seminar. This course involves Q&A and activities for you to discuss in small groups.

All personal development events are subject to HRNZ Terms and Conditions.

Interviewing Skills and Selecting Talent

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Do you want to hire the right candidate for your organisation? Are your interviews failing to produce enough reliable information to pick the right person?

Selecting staff with the right skills, knowledge, and attitude is important for building the best and brightest teams.

Explore how to select the right staff in this HR and manager’s guide to interviewing skills and selection.

Course Overview

This virtual course explores how to assess a candidate’s suitability for a role, with a focus on interviewing skills in person, by phone, or online.

Participants will practise asking the right questions to deduct a candidate’s skill level and assess attitudes and values. Identify three types of interview questions – situational, competency-based and behavioural questions.

Prepare for selection using competency mapping to identify the skills, knowledge and attitudes required, and set up a process to validate the selection decision.

Research shows that interviews are often no more reliable than tossing a coin. Find out how to identify and manage unconscious biases, which can lead to the wrong hiring decisions.

Detect possible deception and toxic behaviours in interviews and reference checking. Explore other reliable selection methods – ask the candidate to perform tasks or engage in a pre-employment trial.

Our employment lawyer presenter will show you to comply with the law when conducting pre-employment checks. Avoid costly mistakes that can lead to unlawful discrimination and privacy breaches.

What To Expect

This virtual course is an interactive seminar with Q&A and case scenarios. Attending this course will give you a comprehensive overview on how to select talent and improve your interviewing skills.

Concepts and theories will be explained by your presenter Julia Shallcrass, then applied in case scenarios and group activities. Attendees can ask questions in our Q&A and connect with other attendees in activities. Attendees will receive a digital workbook, which sets out activities and guidance on selection processes and interviewing techniques.


Improving Flexible Working

Improve the way flexible working arrangements are working in your business. Reap the benefits of flexible working arrangements, including employee experience, improved productivity, and diversity.

This course identifies different types of flexible working for your company, including part time, remote working, and job sharing.

In this practical course, find out how to improve the way you manage flexible working arrangements in your organisation. Discover how to engage with staff about flexible working arrangements, and manage the challenges that arise with flexible working.

Despite the benefits, flexible working arrangements have proven challenging for workers and employers alike. Many workers struggled during the lockdowns, with technology issues and a lack of support and collaboration with colleagues.

We will explore successful case studies of distributed workforces and remote working arrangements in NZ and overseas.

There will also be opportunities for attendees to share their own experiences on managing remote workers.

Holidays Act, Parental Leave and Payroll

This course will help you manage staff entitlements under Holidays Act 2003 and the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Act 1987.

Many employers are confused as to how to comply with holiday and parental leave legislation. This practical course will help you identify common and complex issues of non-compliance under the Holidays Act, and provide you with options to manage these issues.

This course will help you calculate annual holidays to comply with the Holidays Act 2003. Identify the two calculations for annual holiday pay: average weekly earnings and ordinary weekly pay. Consider how to budget for and schedule annual holidays, such as through closedowns.

We will practise calculating annual holiday pay for permanent staff on both fixed and variable hours, including at the end of employment. Identify when you must include commission and bonuses in gross earnings. Find out how to pay casual and fixed term employees Pay As You Go.

Find out your staff minimum entitlements for “BAPS” leave: bereavement, sick leave, alternative holidays, family violence leave, and sick leave. We will answer questions like, what is otherwise a working day for an employee? How can you ask for proof of sick leave?

Our course engages participants through innovative and fun practical activities for compliance with holiday and parental leave legislation.

We will consider case studies to discuss complex issues regarding payroll. The workbook includes activities, case law and an overview of legislation.

This course focuses on minimum entitlements, rather than additional entitlements provided by collective agreements.