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The Technical Series: MBIE

Fair workplaces: what can you do?

Katherine MacNeill, Tania Donaldson , Sheridan Broadbent
12:30pm — 1:15pm, 8 April 2022
Price members
$0.00 incl GST
Price non-members
$30.00 incl GST


Incidents of worker exploitation are increasing the demand for ethical and sustainable work practices in New Zealand and abroad. Unethical and unsustainable practices can hurt the organisations you direct and your own reputation as a director. You can also be held personally liable for breaches of employment standards under the Employment Relations Act 2000.

This introductory webinar will build your understanding of employment law, the reality of worker exploitation and modern slavery here in NZ, and the steps you can take as a director to assure yourself that the organisations you oversee have ethical and sustainable work practices including across their supply chains.

Katherine MacNeill

Katherine is the head of Employment New Zealand, MBIE’s employment regulator, since August 2020. MBIE’s employment services support fair workplaces, through the protection of worker’s rights and providing support to employers and employees to develop and maintain productive employment relationships. Our regulatory services include the Labour Inspectorate, Employment Mediation Services, and administration of the Employment Relations Authority. 

Prior to this, Katherine has worked in the New Zealand and UK public services over two decades, holding a series of leadership roles in operational delivery, corporate services and policy, across the economic development, labour market, immigration, energy and climate change portfolios.

Tania Donaldson

Tania currently leads the Employer Systems and Assurance team in Employment NZ. The team sits alongside the Labour Inspectorate and Employment Mediators. They have a focus on influencing and enabling government and business leaders to systematically take greater ownership for how workers are treated across their organisations and the organisations they engage with eg. as employers, procurers, franchisors, recruiters, directors, investors.

Tania’s interest in fair workplaces was ignited when she joined the Labour Inspectorate in 2015 to lead the regulatory response to the wide-spread Holidays Act non-compliance issue. Before that her career had been in the business advisory space as both an employee in, and a consultant to, a range of Public and wider State Sector entities.

Sheridan Broadbent

Sheridan Broadbent is a New Zealand based professional director, investor and board advisor.  She has been working in Chief Executive, Executive and governance roles in the infrastructure, technology and energy sectors for more than 20 years, with organisations such as Counties Power, Genesis Energy, Downer and Telecom NZ.

Presently she is the Chair of critical technology and cyber security provider Kordia Group, Deputy Chair of the Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum, and on the boards of Trustpower Limited (Manawa) and early stage SaaS developer SaferMe. In addition, Sheridan provides shareholder and board advisory services to small to medium size enterprises and start-ups in the technology and infrastructure sectors as Managing Director of Breach Consulting Ltd.


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