Employee Helpline

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Issues with your job?

When things go wrong at work it can feel impossible to solve the problems on your own.  That’s when you should call our Employee Helpline.

We are very experienced in resolving all types of employment disputes in a sensitive and caring manner that preserves the dignity of all parties.

Employee Helpline is run by Work Law, No Win No Fee Employment Law Advocates, NZ Wide.

Like an Employment Lawyer, an Employment Advocate can represent you in any employment law matter, but unlike lawyers we are able to do so on a No Win No Fee basis. Most of the time we can get your employer to pay your legal fees. If we can’t get your fees paid we take a percentage of what we get for you. This is called No Win No Fee.  We are always fair with our fees.

Do you want to know if you have a case?  It’s totally free to call us and tell us what’s happening, even if it’s not a case we can often help you move forward.

No Win No Fee

Employee Helpline is brought to you by Work Law Ltd, No Win No Fee Employment Advocates.

We're Experts

We are employment law advocates. We provide employment law services to New Zealand employees.


Kam Bailey

Kam Bailey

Senior Employment Law Advocate

Jenifer Silva

Jenifer Silva

Employment Law Advocate

Sandy Ward

Sandy Ward

Employment Law Advocate

May Moncur

May Moncur

Employment Law Advocate

Sheryl Richardson

Sheryl Richardson

Employment Law Advocate

Vanessa Goodman

Vanessa Goodman

Employment Law Advocate

Andrea Kelleher

Andrea Kelleher

Employment Law Advocate

Kate Hellen

Kate Hellen

Operations Director

Vikki Williamson

Vikki Williamson


Frequently Asked Questions

Ask us anything!  These are some of the most common things people ask us about.

No situation is the same so feel free to phone or email us and let us know about your own situation at work.

How much do you charge?

Wherever possible we are No Win No Fee. This means we assess your case carefully at no charge to you. If you have a case we act for you and if there is a financial outcome we either have your fees paid by your employer or we charge a percentage of what we win for you.

What if I want to stay in my job?

If we are helping you with a disciplinary process or other difficulties where we are not going for a financial outcome we charge an hourly rate. It’s still totally free to discuss your situation and we will always be very clear on what the fees will be. There are no surprises. For example, the fee for attending a disciplinary meeting is $300 + gst per hour.

What if I want to stay in my job?

If we are helping you with a disciplinary process or other difficulties where we are not going for a financial outcome we charge an hourly rate. It’s still totally free to discuss your situation and we will always be very clear on what the fees will be. There are no surprises. For example, the fee for attending a disciplinary meeting is $280 + gst per hour.

What do I do if I am being bullied at work?

Watch our helpful video for exactly how to deal with bullying at work. Keep notes of every incident of bullying. Record the date, what happened and who was there. The more notes you have the better.

If you are being bullied by another staff member or a manager you need to raise the issue, preferably in writing via email with the HR department or management.

Obviously it’s difficult if the bully is the owner of the company.  If this is the case call us now.

If the bullying is serious, for example violent and you don’t feel safe, please contact us first for advice. We are here to help and advise you.


I am on a 90 day trial, can I be dismissed without any warning?

If you are dismissed during your trial you should call us.
Your employer can dismiss you without giving you a reason, but you still have other rights. There are very strict rules around the use of a trial period. Please have your employment contract ready when you call us.

I'm being treated so badly I just want to resign.

Please don’t resign before calling us. If you have already resigned you can call us and tell us what happened and we can try and help but we are much more likely to be able to help you if you are still employed. If you have left your job already and think something was unfair you only have 90 days to raise any issues so don’t leave it too long to call us.

Don't resign before calling employee helpline

1000's of New Zealand employees per year trust us to help with their employment relationship problems.

We save careers and save people from employment relationships that have turned bad.   
Give us a call, you'll always be met with a friendly voice at the end of the phone.

You'll feel better once you ask for help.

Highly recommended


Kam Bailey was such a pleasure to work with. I engaged Kam to help me put right, what I knew to be wrong, and I was grateful she accepted our case. The outcome was successful for us in many ways including psychologically, and with it came closure and a welcome sense of relief. It’s not okay for any employer to think they can make up the rules and get away with it. We wanted to use our experience to expose the employer and create awareness for others, but the resolution system demands confidentiality and I think this area needs improvement in some way. Throughout the lengthy ordeal, Kam has been attentive, understanding, reassuring, and calming, and our result was pleasing. I thank you Kam for helping us the way you did. I wish I could say more but I don’t want to be in breach. You are an angel and I thank you for doing what you do in the way that you do. May God bless you and keep you.


No hassle speedy resolution


Sandy has been amazing handling my case – it was clear she knew what she was doing from the getgo and got the resolution I hoped for within 3 working days. Her prompt, timely help and service was really needed and highly appreciated, and no one else was able to come through swiftly for me as she was able to. Thank you again!


Work Law provides a great service


Worklaw provides a great service to resolve employment problems efficiently with good outcomes…

Bill C.

Kam went above and beyond


Kam was great to deal with. She was helpful and efficient and went above and beyond to get the best outcome for me. I’m so glad she was able to assist me.

Nicky W.

Kam could help you too.


Kam is very professional, knowledgeable and confident woman with an incredible heart who helped me to achieve the best outcome. I can’t thank her enough for her support and I’m quite confident she is the one who can help you too.


Sorted in less than 24 hours!


Kam sorted my issue in less than 24 hours. She is the best, I cant thank her much. Highly recommended.


Sandy is a skilled listener


I contacted Work Law Employment and am so glad it was Sandy Ward that took my call that day!! I spoke in detail with her about an employment contract matter and can not praise her more highly – what a skilled listener. She demonstrated an exceptional legal knowledge of my situation, offered clear practical advice and operates with genuine warmth and empathy. Her reassuring manner helped me feel supported and validated during a time of real vulnerability. Sandy thank you for being so great at what you do!

There’s no doubt in my mind that thanks to her legal advocacy and advice, I got an outcome better than I could have hoped for.

I have already recommended Sandy to a friend, confident that this person will be in the best hands with her to provide legal advice.

C. Smith

Great service.


I had an excellent phone consultation experience. My questions were addressed, and I felt supported. Thank you.


We Won!


Very quick easy and stress free … excellent result we won the case

Blue J.
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