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CANTERBURY BRANCH: Covid-19 Vaccinations in the Workplace

The issue of mandating vaccination in workplaces has dominated the news and the minds of HR professionals across New Zealand for weeks.

As the country prepares to move to a new COVID-19 Traffic Light system, employers need to understand their obligations and options when it comes to managing the risks associated with COVID-19 in the workplace.

This seminar will explore the following issues:

  • *Can employers require their employees to be vaccinated if they are not covered by a Public Health Order?
  • *How to carry out risk assessments to determine whether a role should be performed by a vaccinated worker?
  • *Balancing the Bill of Rights, Human Rights and Employment Rights with Health and Safety obligations.
  • *Implementing a COVID-19 vaccination policy in your workplace
  • *Visitors, Contractors and new hires – can you mandate vaccination?
  • *Navigating the new Traffic Light system for your business.

5pm for networking, with the presentation beginning at 5.30pm

Duncan Cotterill has now introduced a policy requiring all visitors to their office to be double vaccinated from 1 December 2021.

About our Presenters Sarah Townsend (Partner) and Madeleine Hawkesby (Special Counsel)

Sarah and Madeleine are employment law experts and work full time in this space. They work closely with clients from a wide range of industries and provide solutions focused advice. They have significant experience advising clients on all aspects of employment law, from disciplinary and performance processes, bullying complaints, restructuring and redundancy, managing illness and absences, advising on Holidays Act issues, and representing clients facing personal grievance claims. They have significant experience representing clients at mediation, in the Employment Relations Authority and Employment Court.

Duncan Cotterill are proud to have supported the Canterbury branch of HRNZ for over 9 years to provide HRNZ members with Employment Relations training and workshops.

With thanks to our Sponsor


  • HRNZ Members $20.00
  • HRNZ Student Members FREE
  • Non Members $40.00

Please note our prices include GST

To Register

HRNZ Members: to receive the discounted Member rates or FREE Member registrations (where available) click on the LOGIN Link under the BUY TICKETS Button, then register through the BUY TICKETS link.

Non-members: register using the BUY TICKETS link in the Event Listing.


Fees will be due for payment in full prior to the event.

Cancellations and Refunds

To receive a full refund cancellations must be received by HRNZ by email to [email protected] two working days before the day of the event.

Cancellations after this time and/or 'no shows' on the day will be payable in full.

Appropriate substitutions are welcome - please email [email protected] with their details.

Attending HRNZ Events

If you are unwell or have been around anyone that has been unwell, please do not attend this event. Please ensure you abide by the health and safety guidelines of the venue. You must check in on arrival, so we have an accurate record of attendance.

Events are subject to Ministry of Health guidelines and the HRNZ internal COVID 19 Events policy. To view HRNZ's internal COVID 19 Events Policy please click here.

However - as noted above: Duncan Cotterill has now introduced a policy requiring all visitors to their office to be double vaccinated from 1 December 2021.