December 2020 There have been changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 (Act) brought in by the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2019. Now the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2020 (Amendment Act) has become law as of 11 August 2020. However, the commencement date of certain provisions of the Amendment Act are staggered. As of 12… Read More.

September 2020 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… Read More.

September 2020 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… Read More.

September 2020 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,… Read More.

September 2020 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… Read More.

September 2020 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… Read More.

June 2020 The Government has recently passed temporary legislation to help companies facing cashflow difficulties due to COVID-19. Businesses can now place certain debts into ‘hibernation’ while continuing to trade. This supplements more traditional options available to businesses facing solvency issues. Business Debt Hibernation The temporary Business Debt Hibernation (BDH) regime creates another option to… Read More.

June 2020 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… Read More.