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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.

22 May 2019

Vodafone New Zealand was recently acquired for $3.4 billion by Infrantil and Canadian firm Brookfield Asset Management. The deal is subject to regulatory approvals but is expected to be completed by the end of August.

Vodafone NZ chief executive Jason Paris says: "The key things will stay the same" including Vodafone's management team and people.

However, Vodafone has reportedly been preparing to make 200 call centre workers redundant. Some workers are being offered contracts to work from Christchurch for Indian outsourcing firm Tech Mahindra, which will provide services to Vodafone. More ...



8 May 2019

The world watched in horror as Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was burning.

Fortunately, it was saved from total destruction by the courage of the firefighters who responded to save this global icon.

The cause of the blaze has not been authoritatively determined, but investigators have focused on several theories.

One possibility was that the fire was caused by workers carrying out the renovations, a theory fuelled by the discovery of cigarette butts at the scene. The construction company has admitted that there were some workers who were smoking on site, despite a strict smoking ban. More ...


24 April 2019

New Zealand is a liberal democracy with a Bill of Rights act that affirms democratic freedoms. These apply in all areas of life, including the workplace.

Citizens are guaranteed the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religious belief. This includes the right to adopt and hold opinions without interference. More ...


10 April 2019

David Hingst, a contract administrator in Melbourne brought a case of wrongful dismissal and bullying.

What is unique is that he alleged that one key component of the bullying while working at Construction Engineering was that his supervisor directed flatulence at him.

He claimed damages of A$1.8 million (NZ$1.9m). More ...


13 March 2019

Matthew Furlong applied to join the Cheshire police in 2017 and was rejected as a recruit because he was a white, heterosexual male.

Furlong lodged a complaint. The Employment Tribunal in England sitting in Liverpool ruled that Furlong was directly discriminated against on the grounds of sexual orientation, race, and sex. More ...


28 February 2019

Over the last week or so, the sexualisation of workers' appearance and inappropriate workplace policies have been the focus of multiple new stories in the media.

The issue of mainly women workers being exploited for their physical appearance in the workplace is not a new issue. Of course, the MeToo movement, which aims to stamp out sexual harassment and similar inappropriate conduct, has received huge publicity over the last year or so. More ...


Cullen - The Employment Law Firm was one of the first eleven law firms in New Zealand approved to provide employment law services to Government and the public sector.

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