Meet the team: Nick Mason, Partner – Employment
There aren’t many in the business that know employment law like Nick Mason, one of our Partners here at Pitt & Moore.
Having gained experience as a Workplace Relations Adviser with the State Services Commission in Wellington, Nick specialises in working with clients on matters of employment including the review and preparation of employment agreements, disciplinary meetings, personal grievances, mediation support and restraints of trade, as well as advice on restructuring businesses.
“We’ve found that INZ are now looking closely at Availability Clauses in Employment Agreements submitted to them as part of Work Visa applications, which are tricky to get right,” notes Nick.
“While legally anyone can give employment advice, we don’t recommend Immigration Advisers dabble in this area if they don’t have actual expertise in this field,” he says. “It’s critical to get Employment Agreements right – especially for visa applications including Work Visas and Skilled Migrant Category Applications.”
Nick’s busy focussing his energies on delivering results for his clients in the wake of COVID-19, which has resulted in many workplaces needing to modify employment agreements to undertake different ways of working – including temporary reductions in work hours or lower rates of pay, or to restructure in some form.
It’s vital to keep written employment agreements up to date, including documenting any changes that affect rates of pay or hours worked, meeting legislative and any relevant contractual requirements for changing employment arrangements, or complying with all minimum standards legislation and with the Employment Relations Act 2000.
“Things are moving quickly, and you need the right information and support if you want to give advice and not get into trouble.”
Nick’s built a strong reputation within the employment and immigration industries, and is noted for his practical approach and ability to achieve results. Feel free to contact him for employment related advice – call 03 545 7897 or email Nick.Mason@pittandmoore.co.nz.