Remaining adaptable is the key to Business Success


As a boutique consultancy working within a specialist area of employment law, Russell Drake of Russell Drake Consulting Limited (RDC) has recognised the need to retain a high degree of flexibility within their business model.

Russell, along with his wife and business partner Linda-Maree, established RDC in 2010 when the greatest need for Employers centred on ensuring companies had robust employment documentation in place. While this still forms part of the work undertaken by the company 8 years later, changes to employment legislation and employment practices has seen the firm move to a more a specialised Employer Advocacy approach.

Being dedicated to acting only for the Employer in a limited range of employment relations situations, has enabled RDC to develop a strong national reputation that now sees them being approached by businesses across the full length of NZ, and from Australian businesses working within NZ. From the outset Russell teamed up with the Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA), an organisation that also shares the focus of supporting Employers only in the area of employment relations management and dispute resolution.

The focus of business has, in recent years, developed to become more specialised in dispute resolution through representing Employers in defending personal grievance claims, negotiating collective agreements and undertaking independent investigations into a wide range of employment relationship issues, including employee complaints.

As the work undertaken by RDC is heavily influenced by both Employment Legislation and Case Law, Russell and his team must maintain a strong knowledge of pending changes to legislation and all significant cases that emerge from the Employment Relations Authority and Employment Court, as this strongly influences the advice and recommendations provided to their clients.

Working on the mantra “Legally Compliant and Practice Employment Solutions” Russell and the team thrive on developing and implementing employment relationship solutions that achieve the Employers’ desired outcomes while strongly mitigating risk and liability for the business.

While Russell and Linda-Maree (who also operate Fegan & Co, a dedicated recruitment and human resource practice) thrive on gaining the best outcome for Employers, they also believe that business success is about investing in others. As such, RDC has mentored a number of HR Advisors in businesses throughout the Waikato region over the last 8 years to assist them in their development as credible HR practitioners.

Russell’s other business-related interests extend to working with organisations within the disability support sector through assisting to provide long term secure housing environments and quality of life support systems. Through serving on the Board of two local disability support providers, one for in excess of ten years, Russell believes strongly in drawing the link between business and community with both parties being better because of this.

As an Employer if you need assistance navigating the minefield of employment relations issues contact Russell Drake Consulting - knowing that they are on your side.



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