Rachel has extensive experience in all employment related matters and human resources. With over 13 years’ specialising in these areas, Rachel has worked as a Senior Solicitor for the Otago Southland Employers’ Association and also spent 4 years managing the Dunedin office of a law firm specialising in employment related issues.
This includes supporting businesses with personal grievances, performance management and disciplinary matters. Rachel also has extensive experience in collective bargaining and appearing in the Employment Relations Authority.
Rachel also has experience in payroll queries, parental leave issues, ACC, Health and Safety and the Holidays Act 2003 amongst other aspects that involve employing staff.
Rachel has worked for clients throughout New Zealand and has now set up her own HR business in combination with Avid Plus. In the coming months Rachel will convert her HR business into a law firm offering the same services and experience.
Currently on the Board of the Otago Hospice, Rachel is also on several committees in the Disability sector including CCS Disability Action Otago, Disability Information Services and previously the National Advisory Committee fir CCS Disability Action NZ. Rachel is also currently on the Dunedin Night Shelter Committee. Previously Rachel facilitated the court mandated programme for Stopping Violence while attaining her law degree and later joined the Stopping Violence Dunedin Committee and Te Whare Pounamu Dunedin Womens’ Refuge and the Otago SPCA committee. Rachel also remains involved in various other roles for the Not For Profit Sector.
Loving classical music and having played the French Horn for most of her life, she was a paid musician for the Dunedin Sinfonia for several years while at high school (now the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra), attended the NZ National Youth orchestra at the age of 17 and later joined to the Dunedin Collegiate Orchestra.