Contingency and Continuity: Employment and H&S

Putting a plan in place

Recent weather events in various parts of Aotearoa have had an extraordinary impact. The effects of climate change appear to be making such events more common. In situations of emergency, having a comprehensive contingency and continuity plan is crucial to ensure the safety of employees and minimize the impact of such disruptions on the business. 

Extreme weather events or natural disasters require immediate and urgent responses.  

This webinar will provide timely insights and helpful practical learnings for you to deliver appropriate advice to your clients so they can: 

  • Be best prepared with a contingency and continuity plan that remains effective over the time. 
  • Take the right actions. 
  • Best assist their employees after events, in the process of returning back to normal. 

Designed to be a practical session with learnings from past experiences, the presenters will contribute their unique insights from their perspectives as Employment, Health & Safety and In-House lawyers.

Who Should Attend?

Employment Lawyers, Health & Safety Lawyers, HR Professionals, General Practitioners, Commercial Lawyers, In-house Lawyers. 

  • Gain a clear understanding of Health & Safety and Employment Law obligations when dealing with emergencies. 
  • Get equipped with the knowledge and tools necessary to develop and implement effective contingency and continuity plans within your clients’ organisations (corporate or smaller structures) to best anticipate and respond to emergency situations.  
  • Get practical guidance on how to conduct a comprehensive risk assessment to identify potential threats. 
  • Understand common issues arising during and after such events, and gain guidance on how to handle them efficiently. 


Penny Bower
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Penny Bower has been Head of Legal at Waste Management NZ since January 2020, joining the company just prior to the COVID-19 pandemic arriving in New Zealand and two months before the unprecedented Level 4 lockdown. While everyone else was staying at home, the collection and disposal of waste had to go on. Penny worked to keep the Waste Management team of 1500 safe, 70 sites compliant, and competing priorities balanced. The crises have just kept coming, with the Auckland Anniversary Day flooding and Cyclone Gabrielle earlier this year being the most recent events requiring robust business continuity planning. 

Myriam Mitchell
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Myriam Mitchell is a Workplace Law lawyer and has been assisting clients for over 16 years in employment, health and safety, insurance law and dispute resolution. 

Myriam is passionate about getting straight to the heart of an issue, gaining an early understanding of the desired outcome, and strategising to achieve the best results possible. She graduated with honours from the University of Auckland, and in addition to her law degree holds a commerce degree (majoring in management and employment relations).

Myriam advises on all aspects of employment law including employment agreements, restructuring procedures, disciplinary and performance issues, personal grievances, Labour Inspectorate investigations, restraints of trade, human rights and privacy issues and protection of confidential information.

Myriam also regularly provides strategic legal advice on health and safety issues, acts for employers throughout WorkSafe’s investigation process, and provides representations in prosecutions through to sentencing.

Her significant litigation experience means she has strong advocacy and negotiation skills and has guided many clients to a negotiated settlement where avoiding a hearing is in their best interests.  Myriam has appeared in the Employment Relations Authority, Employment Court, District and High Courts.

Myriam has been appointed to the Auckland District Law Society Health and Safety Law Committee, and also regularly delivers training and seminars on topical employment and health and safety issues. She was also the inaugural president of Young Insurance Professionals Inc (2014 to 2017), a successful networking group that grew from 3 to 1300 members under her guidance.

Recent work includes:

  • Acting for employers under investigation by Labour Inspectors.
  • Representing employers in collective bargaining.
  • Acting for numerous employers under investigation by WorkSafe including to avoid prosecution.
  • Defending an insured employer in a personal grievance that progressed through mediation, the Employment Relations Authority and the Employment Court.
  • Advising employers on complex restructures.
  • Successfully defending employers in alleged dismissal cases.
  • Acting for a forestry worker in a private prosecution arising from a serious harm injury through to securing payment for him in respect of the same.

Daniel Erikson
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Daniel is an employment law specialist, known for his pragmatic, timely, and comprehensive advice. Representing a diverse clientele from manufacturing, logistics, and retail to senior executives and CEOs, he expertly navigates employment disputes. With expertise in health and safety legislation, Daniel assists in legislative compliance, manages WorkSafe investigations, and represents clients in the District Court. Additionally, he carries out independent workplace investigations, addressing allegations of bullying and harassment. Highly appreciated for his collaborative approach, Daniel excels at effectively solving complex employment law issues.



Claire Mansell
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Claire is an experienced employment lawyer who is skilled at representing cases through the judicial system. She has appeared in court at all levels, including the Employment Relations Authority, Employment Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

She has a LLB and BA (Sociology) from Victoria University, was admitted in 2009 and joined the bar in 2023. Prior to heading to the bar, she led the employment team at a leading mid-tier full service firm.



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Member - $80.00 GST

Non-Member - $115.00 GST


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