For many of us, the COVID-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown was the first experience of what it is like to work from home. Some are now exploring the possibility of continuing this either in a flexible or permanent capacity. In this article we explore some of the key considerations for employers and employees looking at… Read More.

We’ll look back at 2020 as a year defined by COVID-19. Despite the challenging nature of the economic landscape we have endured (and will continue to manage during this recovery phase), the reality is that employers’ obligations to their employees remain intact. This of course extends to redundancies. The starting point – considering whether redundancies… Read More.

New Zealand’s highly anticipated Privacy Act will commence on 1 December 2020, replacing the Privacy Act 1993. The new Act aims to modernise New Zealand’s privacy law framework, in accordance with international laws such as the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). While much of the content of the current Act will remain, there are… Read More.

In April this year, we bid farewell to one of our oldest Acts of Parliament, the Partnership Act 1908. You won’t have seen any media about the demise of this 111 year-old law. This is because its replacement, the Partnership Law Act 2019, says everything the old law says but in more modern language. It… Read More.

The landscape is changing, with medicinal cannabis now legalised and an upcoming referendum testing the appetite for the legalisation of personal use of cannabis. So, what is the impact on drug testing in the workplace, and the systems that employers already have in place? The Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Regulations 2019 came into force… Read More.

The Ministry for the Environment along with Stats NZ has released Our Freshwater 2020, summarising updates and reporting on progress on four priority freshwater issues. Our Freshwater 2020 is the latest report on the state of the environment required under the Environmental Reporting Act 2015 (ERA) and builds on Our Freshwater 2017. The purpose of… Read More.

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises ('SMEs') selling goods and services often compete in a market where offering credit to their customers is a given. Amongst the predictions of a severe recession, it is timely for SMEs to review their credit policies (insisting on cash upfront or on delivery, where possible) and to ensure that their contracts with… Read More.

My mother keeps telling me to get an Enduring Power of Attorney but I already have a will and I am young. What is an Enduring Power of Attorney and why do I need one? It’s fantastic that you have a will but a will is very different from an Enduring Power of Attorney. A… Read More.