Joss advises public and private sector clients, and individuals, on all aspects of employment law. He has particular expertise in disciplinary matters, health and safety, restructuring, privacy, holidays and leave, and human rights issues arising in the course of the employment relationship. His practice also includes advising clients on public, civil and education law issues, and representing clients in general civil litigation.
Joss has appeared in a wide range of tribunals and courts, including the Employment Relations Authority, the Employment Court, the District Court, the High Court and the Court of Appeal. He regularly represents clients in mediations and negotiations.
In addition to his New Zealand experience, Joss has worked in Brazil and Peru, and is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. Between 2009 and 2010 he studied a Master of Laws at the University of Toronto, and was awarded the prize for the most outstanding performance in the LLM programme for that academic year.
Joss' recent work includes:
- Representing two District Health Boards in separate proceedings concerning the rights of over 1,000 employees to transfer their employment following the termination of contracts for home-based support services. Joss assisted in achieving successful outcomes for the DHBs in both proceedings
- Acting for clients taking and defending personal grievance and breach of contract proceedings
- Advising a listed company and a tertiary institution on how to comply with their health and safety obligations in the context of the risk their buildings would represent in an earthquake
- Advising a health sector employer on the human rights implications of implementing a policy not to employ smokers
- Drafting and advising on employment agreements
- Advising public sector organisations on the drafting and application of their disciplinary procedures and other rules.
- BA, LLB Victoria University of Wellington
- LLM University of Toronto, Canada