ERA appoints employment law veteran as new chief

by Duffie Osental02 Aug 2019

Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway has announced the appointment of Andrew Dallas as the new chief of the Employment Relations Authority (ERA), replacing outgoing chief James Crichton.

The ERA is an independent body that helps both employees and employers to resolve employment relationship problems and facilitates collective bargaining when difficulties arise. Dallas, a member of the ERA since 2015, will begin his three-year term on 22 August.

“I’m pleased to announce that the new chief of the Employment Relations Authority is Dr. Andrew Dallas and welcome him to the role,” said Lees-Galloway. “Andrew Dallas has an extensive background in employment law, both theory and practice. He holds a PhD (Law) from Griffith University, Australia; co-authored an Australasian legal text on good faith collective bargaining; and has worked as a legal officer and solicitor in employment relations.”

Meanwhile, Lees-Galloway also announced that Geoff O’Sullivan, partner at Wellington-based workplace relations specialist firm O'Sullivan & Associates, will be joining the ERA as a member in September for a term of three years.

Additionally, Trish MacKinnon and Anna Fitzgibbon have been reappointed to the ERA for three-year terms. Both have been members since 2012.