The Importance of Timing in filing your Employment matters

Great learning(s) from one of our successful cases.

Whether you are an employer or an employee, there are some key learnings from this learning from ERA.

Although, this may seem like a really basic tip, it is one people get wrong often. It is important to adhere to the timing(s) in filing your paperwork. Don't wait for formal paperwork.

Key findings from this case:

  • Raising a PG or UD can be done in the form of an email. A formal letter does not have to be included as a part of the process.
  • Filings must be made within the 3-year statutory limit.
  • If you have any questions, please get in contact with us. 

Filing paperwork 

on time 


"An email is the equivalent of a letter"

ERA Report 2020

You should Know

The timing of filing employment matters can have a significant impact on the outcome of a case. Filing a claim too early or too late can result in the claim being dismissed, or the employee missing out on potential compensation. It is important for employees to be aware of the time limits for filing claims, and to seek legal advice if they are unsure of their rights.

In New Zealand, there are strict time limits for filing employment claims, and these can vary depending on the type of claim being made. For example, an employee who wishes to bring a personal grievance claim for unjustified dismissal must do so within 90 days of the date of dismissal. If the claim is not filed within this time frame, it will likely be dismissed. Similarly, claims for discrimination, harassment or other breaches of the Human Rights Act must be filed within 12 months of the alleged breach. It is important for employees to be aware of these time limits and to act quickly if they wish to make a claim. By seeking legal advice and filing claims within the required time frame, employees can increase their chances of a successful outcome in their employment matters.

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