• 2 December 2020Government announces further extension to the wage subsidy
    On 14 August 2020, the Government announced an extension of the COVID-19 Alert Level Three restrictions for Aucklanders and the Alert Level Two restrictions for all other parts of New Zealand. At this stage, those restrictions will remain in place until 26 August 2020. – Published on 20/08/2020
  • 2 December 2020New Health & Safety Legislation – not something to fear
    It is true that all organisations are going to be affected by the changes to the Act and that the duties of care imposed cannot be transferred or insured against, but it must be made clear that many organisations who prioritise health and safety will be already doing most of what is required. – Published on 03/12/2015
  • 2 December 2020Don't Get Burned – The Importance of Business Interruption Insurance
    Recently a demolition business owner had three of his trucks destroyed by arson. Unfortunately, whilst the business has insurance for the damage to the trucks, it has no cover for the business it will lose with three of its fleet out of action. – Published on 04/04/2013
  • 2 December 2020Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace
    Everyone knows that an employee who turns up at work under the influence of drugs or alcohol poses a very real risk not only just to their own safety but also to the safety of other employees and customers – especially where the operation of heavy machinery is involved.  This doesn't always (but can) involve blatant drug or alcohol use at work.  Sometimes, as an employer, you are dealing with the after-effects of drug or alcohol use by your employee the night before.  In other instances, you are trying to screen for drugs and alcohol in a safety sensitive area. – Published on 09/06/2013 …
  • 2 December 2020Restraints of Trade in a Competitive Market
    There are two words that every employer fears from a key employee, "I'm leaving."  The situation is only made worse when you find out that your key employee is leaving to join a competitor! – Published on 02/07/2013
  • 2 December 2020How Safe is Your Goods Service Licence?
    You are required under the Land Transport Act 1998 ("the Act") to hold and maintain a Transport Service Licence ("TSL"). If you lose your TSL, you cannot lawfully operate. – Published on 01/08/2013
  • 2 December 2020Redundancies: Justifying your Decision to Restructure
    Of recent times, there has been development in the law surrounding redundancies and an employer's decision to restructure their business. With many employers looking to restructure, it is timely to summarise these developments. – Published on 05/02/2014
  • 2 December 2020Minimum Wage Obligations for Salaried Employees
    Are you aware that you have an obligation to ensure at least the minimum wage is paid to your salaried employees? – Published on 05/02/2014
  • 2 December 2020New Health & Safety Bill Introduced to Parliament
    As discussed in our previous articles Impact of Health and Safety Reforms at Governance Level and Government Announces Law Reform Package for Workplace Safety, the Government’s “Working Safer” package aims to significantly reform New Zealand’s Health and Safety law. One of the most fundamental components of this change will be the introduction of entirely new legislation. This will replace the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 (HSE). – Published on 12/03/2014
  • 2 December 2020Disclosure of Job Candidate Information
    A recent decision of the Human Rights Review Tribunal contains significant developments for employers over their obligations to withhold and disclose private information. The decision, Waters v Alpine Energy Limited, has allowed an unsuccessful job candidate to view information regarding the recruitment process, including CV's of other candidates. This has caused a stir in the industry. – Published on 13/03/2014