Trends in Employment Agreements and Employment Law Update 2020

The Dunedin and Christchurch seminar dates and times will now be delivered online via Zoom webinar. You will be contacted about a partial refund if you have already registered.

Webinar fee for Trends in Employment Agreements: $310. 50 incl. GST

If you cannot pay by credit card online and require an invoice - please contact us by email at


NOTE: Given the uncertainty related to the current Covid-19 pandemic including the ability to provide a safe environment for seminar attendees and travel restrictions for presenters to get to venues, a final decision on holding the seminar as an in-person event will be made in mid-June. The seminars will only be held in-person where all appropriate health and safety requirements can be applied at the venue.

Where we are unable to provide an in-person event we will conduct the seminar on-line at that same date and times and in recognition of the uncertainty of the current environment we have applied a 15 percent reduction in our in-person seminar fees. If the in-person events are not held the difference between the amount paid and the webinar cost will be refunded.


The Trends in Employment Agreements and Employment Law Update seminar series has established a reputation as the definitive source of practitioner-focused information on current wages, conditions, and employment relations practices in New Zealand. The data draws on the Centre for Labour, Employment and Work’s database of provisions in more than 2000 current collective agreements.

This seminar will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of the trends in collective agreements and case law development over the past 12 months. The seminars in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch will be chaired by one of the Judges of the Employment Court.

All seminar/webinar participants receive a copy of the Employment Agreements: Bargaining Trends and Employment Law Update 2019/2020, New Zealand’s most authoritative source of information on provisions included in employment agreements.

For subscriptions only please visit or contact CLEW at

Who should attend:

Human resource and employment relations professionals; union officials; employment lawyers; employment policy analysts; those with an interest in employment condition trends and employment law.

NOTE: This seminar accounts for 3 hours CPD of the NZ Law Society requirements.

Seminar outline: 

8:45am: Registration

9:00am: Bargaining Trends: A Review of 2019/2020

A comprehensive review of trends in wages and employment conditions negotiated in collective employment agreements, highlighting prevailing wages and conditions in a full range of industries and sectors of the economy.

Specific topics covered will include:

  • Wage and remuneration trends
  • Term and types of agreements
  • Working Time and Leave
  • Redundancy

10:30am: Morning tea - provided if permissible under Covid 19 restrictions

11:00am: Employment Law Update: A Review of 2019/2020

A comprehensive review of developments in employment-related case law and key cases over the previous 12 months, along with a consideration of changes to employment related legislation.

Topics covered will include:

  • Employment Agreements
  • Practice and Procedure
  • Personal Grievances
  • Health and Safety
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Overview of legislative changes

12:30pm: Seminar closes

Seminar Schedule:

Wednesday 22 July, 9am-12.30pm Dunedin, Conference Room, Dunedin Art Gallery, 30 The Octagon (max 30)

Thursday 23 July, 9am-12.30pm Christchurch, Rakaia Room, Novotel Cathedral Square, (max 30)

Tuesday 28 July, 9am-12.30pm Auckland, Hobson Ballroom, Rydges Hotel, 56 Federal St, (max 40)

Tuesday 4 August, 9am-12.30pm Wellington, Grand Space, Floor 2, Rydges Hotel, 75 Featherston St (max 50)

Webinar Schedule:

Thursday 30 July, 9.30am–1.00pm Trends in Employment Agreements, 9.30am – 11.00am; Employment Law Update, 11-30am – 1.00pm. (max 40)

Wednesday 5 August, 12.30-5.00pm Employment Law Update, 12-30pm – 2.00pm; Trends in Employment Agreements, 2.30pm – 4.00pm. (max 40)

Friday 7 August, 9.30am–1.00pm Employment Law Update, 9.30am – 11.00am; Trends in Employment Agreements, 11-10am – 1.00pm. (max 40)

The link to log in to the presentation and the seminar book will be sent to those registered close to the time of the webinar.


Dr Stephen Blumenfeld, Centre for Labour, Employment and Work, Victoria University of Wellington

Peter Kiely, Kiely Thompson Caisley

Terms and conditions:

We understand that circumstances can change therefore substitutions can be sent at no additional cost. Please notify these where possible at least 48 hours prior to the seminar start.

If this is not an option then the following refunds or fees apply:

Business days before start of course 

Refund (% of course fee) 

More than 21 days


21-8 days


Less than 8 days

No refund

Further details: 
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