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To help payroll professionals skills, APPNZ has some online modules and workshops that we run on different payroll topics.

Our programme includes presentations from employment lawyers, MBIE Labour Inspectors, Payroll software providers or senior Payroll Managers to advise on the topics covers.

Online module are $195 + GST and workshops are $395 + GST to attend, or are complimentary for APPNZ members.

Carl Blake, Senior Associate, Simpson Grierson

Carl is a senior associate in the firm's employment law group. He provides strategic advice on all aspects of employment law, including corporate restructures, sales and purchases of businesses, personal grievances, employment agreements and policies, health and safety, human rights and privacy, accident compensation, and collective bargaining.

Carl regularly attends mediations on behalf of employers and has appeared before the Employment Relations Authority, Employment Court and Court of Appeal.

His work experience, at the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) and Human Rights Commission, gives Carl a broad understanding of ACC issues affecting employers and compliance issues with legislation, such as the Human Rights Act and Privacy Act.

Angela Evans, Senior Associate, LangtonHudsonButcher

Angela has wide commercial and litigation experience across a range of matters including fair trading, regulatory and advertising law, as well as general commercial law issues. This gives her a broad perspective on how employment law fits with the wider commercial issues facing an organisation.

She can advise on all employment law issues including both contentious and non-contentious matters. She previously practiced as a commercial litigator, and has appeared in the Employment Relations Authority, District Court and High Court.

Angela worked for almost three years with a leading UK firm in London and while there was promoted to manage a comprehensive global regulatory monitoring service for a consumer product client.

Mallory Ward, Solicitor, Kensington Swan

Mallory is a solicitor in Kensington Swan’s employment law team. She joined the firm in 2013 after completing her Honours in Law focusing on human rights issues. Mallory currently advises on the full range of employment law issues, including  restructurings, contractual issues, performance management and ill health, misconduct and relationship issues, and statutory obligations under the Employment Relations Act, Holidays Act and other employment related legislation.

Mallory also deals with personal grievances, reviews employment agreements and policies, and advises on the people issues arising from transactions such as mergers and outsourcings. She has particular interest in litigation and has a broad range of experience in this area, ranging from complex union-initiated litigation to routine unjustified dismissal claims.

Labour Inspectorate, MBIE

Labour Inspectors work with employers and employees (and other people and agencies) to make sure that workplaces follow at least the minimum employment standards and laws as set out in the Employment Relations Act, Holidays Act, Parental Leave and other employment legislation.


Their role is to monitor and enforce compliance with employment standards as well as other specific duties outlined in the various Acts. They use targeted investigations and audit programmes to find breaches of employment standards and put them right..

Labour Inspectors can’t give advice about general disputes and some contractual matters contained in employment agreements, or pay rates (except the minimum wage). A Labour Inspector will be presenting at some of our workshops.

Jaenine Badenhorst, Solicitor, Rainey Collins


 Jaenine specialises in litigation and dispute resolution in a range of areas including employment and family.

She is well equipped to deal with a range of employment matters including; performance issues, misconduct, personal grievances, redundancy, discrimination and harassment.

Jaenine's practice also focuses on Family Law and in particular Relationship Property issues and Contracting Out agreements. She is sensitive and caring and able to guide you with practical and effective advice.

Jaenine prides herself in providing excellent customer service; keeping her clients involved throughout the process. She strives to provide cost-effective solutions, that are specific to each client's needs.

In her spare time she likes to spend time with her three girls and husband; mountain biking, and being in the outdoors.

Bronwyn Heenan, Senior Associate, Simpson Grierson

Bronwyn is a senior associate in the firm’s employment law group in the Wellington office. She has significant experience in all aspects of employment law with particular expertise in disciplinary and termination matters (including conducting investigations), change management processes, drafting employment agreements and policies, and health and safety.

Bronwyn regularly attends mediations and represents clients in the Employment Relations Authority, the Employment Court and District Court.  

Bronwyn acts for clients in the public and private sectors as well as Local Government.


Navigating the Employment Relations Act

In this workshop we will work through what type of employees you really have in your business and how to deal with issues around this including:

  - When is a casual actually a casual?

   - What are the legal requirements around part timers, shift workers and

     seasonal workers?

   -  How does zero hours availability work?

   -  Rules around cancelling shifts and secondary jobs

   -  New Record keeping requirements

Navigating  the Holidays Act

In this workshop we’ll be focusing on how you deal with applying the Holidays Acts to the non regular hours part of your workforce including casuals, part timers and shift workers. You’ll get answers on the following:

Navigating the Parental Leave Act

In recent years, there have been a number of changes to parental leave provisions. There are also some complexities for payroll people calculating and paying parental and other leave for employees who have been on parental leave.

In this workshop we’ll cover:

Payroll Systems Testing and Implementation

Payroll professionals often need to roll out new payroll systems. How do you do this effectively if it’s not something you’ve been involved in before or previous roll outs have not gone to plan? This workshop will cover some of thekey things you need to know.

In this workshop you’ll learn:

Remuneration & Benefits

Often HR run the remuneration and benefits processes in a business, however there are a number of complex payroll issues around applying salary systems and paying benefits and bonuses. This should be an area that payroll professionals work closely with HR on to ensure these issues are considered and the appropriate processes and policies put in place.

In this workshop you’ll get answers on the following:

This is perfect for payroll people who haven’t been heavily involved in remuneration before and would like to take a more strategic and proactive approach.

Payroll Metrics and Analytics

Payroll can add real value to  a business by providing the right metrics and data. However there are also a number of metrics you may want to have in place for your team.

This workshop will cover:

Anna Sefuiva, Director HR Services, Auckland DHB

Anna Sefuiva has 30 years working within the payroll profession including payroll imple-mentations, consulting, managing large payrolls as well as establishing and managing  one of New Zealand’s first Trans-Tasman payroll outsourcing centres.

She has also led Remuneration & Benefits, HRIS Support, HR Information Reporting and Health and Safety.  

Anna understands the value that payroll can add to an organisation and also the importance of ensuring that the payroll team is efficient and effective and delivers to the needs of the business while remaining compliant with internal policies and legislative requirements. 

She is passionate about payroll and the career opportunities that it offers.  The possibilities with technology and broadening the scope of payroll will make the future of payroll very exciting.

Michael Ross,

Manager, Payroll and HR Technology,

Victoria University of Wellington

Michael Ross has had an extensive payroll career. He spent time working for Telstra Corporation, and then several years with ANZ, where he was part of the team transitioning the payroll team to Melbourne and then to Wellington. He is currently Manager Payroll and HR Technology at Victoria University of Wellington. His role manages the Payroll and HR technology teams and is part of the wider HR Group.

He says that while payroll is very much about systems, processes and policy, in some respects we have lost our way with the people side of payroll.  We need to move back to a more customer centric  focus, as peoples pay is one of the most important things to them.   There also needs to be a definite career plan for those that wish to move up the ranks.

Tess von Dadelszen, Associate


Tess has a background in employment law and is able to assist with contentious and non contentious employment related issues.

She has assisted with preparation for litigation in the Employment Court, District Court and High Court. She has appeared in the Employment Relations Authority, before the Education Council, as well as in mediations and judicial settlement conferences.

Tess has a particular interest in legal issues surrounding the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Act 1987, the Holidays Act 2003, Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, and dealing with bullying and harassment claims.

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