There can be no doubt that all employers have a duty to provide conditions of employment that allow people to be, and stay, healthy. However, there is no cut and dried demarcation when it comes to the question of whether an employer can make the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for its employees. This is a developing… Read More.

The new Privacy Act came into force on 1 December 2020, providing a modified (and in certain respects more onerous) regime governing the collection, storage and use of information about identifiable individuals (referred to in the Act as ‘personal information’). In particular, the new Act requires any entity or person who holds personal information (referred… Read More.

The days of smoking inside a crowded bar, in airplanes or in the work lunchroom are long gone. While smokers were pushed outside in the 1990s for the safety of others, New Zealand has been undecided until recently on how to treat people who vape. Employers are obliged to take all reasonably practicable steps to… Read More.

Unit titles are becoming more popular and more complex as we see limited greenfield space available for housing, and limited funding for greenfields infrastructure, making infill an easier and more efficient land use option. This article looks at the basics of forming a unit title development from a fee simple section. Creating a unit title… Read More.

2020 was a challenging year for employers with the COVID-19 alert level restrictions, concerns about workplace safety and continued confusion about the application of the Holidays Act 2003. In this article we will address some trends we have seen in recent Employment Law cases and take a look at what issues we are likely to… Read More.

Paper roads There are thousands of roads situated throughout rural New Zealand that have never been physically formed and may never be. This is particularly the case in rural areas, where there are significant stretches of unformed roads running through farmland, better known as paper roads. Although paper roads are unformed, they are still legal… Read More.

A limited liability company (LLC) is a vehicle frequently used to own and operate businesses. One of the benefits of an LLC is the limitation of liability it offers to its shareholders. Whilst the company has full responsibility for the company’s obligations it shelters the shareholders from loss if the company’s business fails. However, what… Read More.

The lead up to Christmas and the New Year is when employers often look ahead to their staffing needs for the new year. Often, it is at this time that employers identify employment issues. It might be an employee who's not performing, it may be a need to run a different staffing structure, or an… Read More.