Chen Palmer’s Pay Equity Team comprising Mai Chen, Julie Hardaker, Anthony Russell, Sean McCusker and Anmol Shanker provide expert advice on initiating and responding to pay equity claims.
With the revival of claims under the Equal Pay Act 1972 and the Government’s intention to pass new pay equity legislation, employers of female-dominated workplaces need to ensure that their employers are being paid the equivalent of male employees for equal work, and not being unfairly discriminated against.
Chen Palmer, in conjunction with the Superdiversity Centre, reviews organisations and identifies suitable male comparators from which pay equity comparisons are made. Chen Palmer is also able to assist employers, employees, and unions in bringing and responding to pay equity claims at every stage of the process from filing through to settlement.
In 2016 Chen Palmer represented the New Zealand College of Midwives in landmark pay equity proceedings against the Ministry of Health. Chen Palmer argued on behalf of the College that the Ministry unlawfully discriminated against midwives on the basis of sex by failing to remunerate them in accordance with comparable occupations, including general practitioners and community pharmacists. The proceedings resulted in a historic pay equity settlement, which saw community based midwives receiving a 6 per cent pay increase and greater involvement in designing pay structure and working conditions.
- Initiating and responding to pay equity claims brought under the Equal Pay Act 1972, the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990, and other legislation;
- Reviewing organisations to ensure that employees are being paid in accordance with pay equity principles;
- Advising organisations, unions, and employees on appropriate comparators for pay equity claims;
- Representing clients in pay equity proceedings in mediation, Employment Relations Authority, Employment Court, and High Court.