KTC Featured in "LawNews"

The firm is featured in the latest edition of the Auckland District Law Society's newsletter "LawNews" for two big events over the past month - Peter's Investiture ceremony in Wellington and the firm's 20th Anniversary celebration. You can see it here on page 7 of the newsletter


Formal Presentation of Peter Kiely's Honour at Investiture Ceremony

Last week Peter Kiely ONZM attended the formal investiture ceremony in Wellington. He was officially presented with his honour (Officer of the Order of New Zealand Merit) by the Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy.

See the video here


Peter with Hon Amy Adams, Minister of Justice

Peter with Hon Amy Adams, Minister of Justice 

Wrongful Dismissal Claim Against NZ Bus Not Upheld   

Kiely Thompson Caisley recently represented NZ Bus in a case involving a driver who was fired for assaulting a passenger who told him he was going the wrong way.

Read about it here 


Peter Kiely Appointed to ONZM 

The Auckland District Law Society recognised Peter Kiely's recent new years honour, in which he was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Read about it here 




Auckland Chamber of Commerce

Peter Kiely provides expert advice in a series of discussions with Michael Barnett of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce

Discussion on Abandonment and Misconduct

Topics covered in this discussion include termination of an employee who hasn't turned up for work, and the difference between misconduct and serious misconduct. 


See the video here 

Discussion on Restructuring and Redundancy 

Topics covered in this discussion include employer obligations for implementing a redundancy, such as the requirement for a genuine business reason to restructure, the requirement to communicate accurate financial information to affected employees, and restructuring the role of an employee who is already on performance management.

See the video here   


Discussion on Holidays Act Issues

Topics covered in this discussion include employer obligations, arrears claims, entitlements, cashing up leave on your balance sheet, directing when leave is taken, compliance, best practice and much more. 

See the video here

Panel Discussion 

Peter Kiely was part of a panel discussion about current employment issues at the Auckland Chamber of Commerce. The discussion acts as a short guide containing advice on what employers should do. 

See the video here. 

Book Launch 

The 4th edition of Guide to Holidays and Leave was launched at Kiely Thompson Caisley.


The Honourable Michael Woodhouse, Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety, and Consulting Editor Peter Kiely spoke about issues arising out of the Holidays Act and recent amendments to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Act.

Dr Bill Hodge of the University of Auckland law school provided an entertaining commentary. 


The book is available on the Wolters Kluwer wesbite, at:


 Hon Michael Woodhouse speaks at book launch

Hon Michael Woodhouse speaks at book launch 


Collective Bargaining Roundtable

A number of KTC clients have recently been involved in collective bargaining under the new regime introduced last year. In the 12 months since the statutory framework for collective bargaining was changed, there have been two significant Employment Court decisions in relation to conferring an unlawful preference and good faith in bargaining.


We will be holding several "roundtable" luncheon sessions to consider:


Notices to initiate bargaining


Good faith requirements in bargaining; and


Passing on


It's a specialist topic. If you are interested in attending please RSVP to


Added: 11 / 05 / 2017

Changes to NZ Immigration Requirements

The Government has announced a number of propsed changes to Immigration Policy, including changes to the remuneration requirements to obtain certain visas, and a special pathway to residence for certain visa holders in the South Island. 

Added: 10 / 05 / 2017

Sanctity of Settlement Agreements Upheld

Settlement agreements made under s 149 of the Employment Relations Act 2000 are important mechanisms for dispute resolution. Often they provide for the termination of employment in return for monetary compensation and other obligations or benefits.