Director - Employment Team Leader | LLB, LLM (Hons)
David leads WRMK’s employment law team, and is a trained and accomplished mediator. He is known for his problem solving ability, plain English approach and strong client relationships.
David is highly experienced in managing contentious employment matters and is a valued resource to many in-house HR and ER managers throughout Northland. David acts for a wide range of clients (both employers and employees) across many industries, including in mediation and in the Employment Authority.
David balances life in the office with time on the rugby field (as a player for the Manaia Misfits Golden Oldies). He is also an ocean sailor and a member of the Whangarei Sunrise Rotary Club.
Qualifications: LLM (Hons), University of Auckland, LLB, University of Waikato
- Advising employer clients how to structure and undertake an employment investigation that achieves appropriate outcomes while satisfying the law and the obligation of good faith
- Advocating on behalf of clients at employment mediations convened either privately or before a MBIE mediator
- Undertaking a workplace investigation in a large department of a national organisation to resolve allegations of bullying
- Providing relevant and unbiased legal advice to employers about a proposed course of action which sets out potential risks and benefits
- Preparing and/or defending applications in the Employment Relations Authority and the Employment Court, and
- Representing the interests of Employers in bargaining a Collective Employment Agreement.
P: 09 470 2437
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David Grindle's Specialist Services
Disputes come in lots of different forms so you need different tools to sort them out. Sometimes you can’t avoid going to court. Sometimes you can get a better result with mediation or arbitration.
Employment relationships can be good – we know because we’ve been NZ’s legal employer of choice.
David Grindle's Blog Posts
Employment law: change is the new constant
June 06, 2019
The current coalition Government has made significant changes to the employment law landscape and it has intimated that more change is on the horizon. We are in a period of significant uncertainty for both employers and employees, and keeping up to date is essential. This article takes stock of what has changed, and looks ahead at what is likely to come.
Employment Investigations - Getting it right!
June 22, 2017
An employer dealing with an employee’s misconduct has a challenge ahead of them. We understand the minefield of legal problems that an under resourced employer has to negotiate if they are going to successfully conclude an employment investigation without falling foul of the procedural rules that abound.
The Case for Mediation
July 18, 2012
Restricted Building Work and the Licensed Building Practitioner’s Regime
February 16, 2012
From 1 March 2012, sweeping changes to the Building Act and its building regulations come into effect.
Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 – Duties of Employers
April 19, 2011
The Health & Safety in Employment Act 1992 is fundamental to the wellbeing of New Zealanders. It allocates responsibilities for safety and health in the workplace and in doing so affects most people. Employers, the self-employed, employees, contractors, principals or people in control of buildings, equipment or materials, are all governed by the Act.
Refresher: Payment Claims under the Construction Contracts Act 2002
March 21, 2011
The Construction Contracts Act 2002 (the Act) came into force on 1 April 2003. Its purpose is to provide a process for deciding what payments have to be made under a construction contract and when they are due. Typically, when you contract a builder or tradesmen to do work on your house then you have to comply with some sections of the Act.
The Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992
November 08, 2010
The Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 (the Act) creates a duty for principals to parties contracting for services in industries such as construction, agriculture and forestry.
Be careful offering services or advice to a friend or family member
September 13, 2010
Have you ever been in a situation where, out of the goodness of your heart, you have offered advice or a service to a friend or family member? Have you ever considered that under the law of agency you could be legally liable for any shortcomings in what you provide?