Legal articles & publications

Full Court to consider implications of the Covid-19 Wage Subsidy

By: Anthony Drake

A full court of the Employment Court is to consider the Employment Relations Authority’s ruling on whether an employer can reduce an employee’s salary without consent after accepting the Covid-19 Wage Subsidy.

Use of Influencers in Advertising – important new changes for advertisers and influencers released by the Advertising Standards Authority

By: Penny Birch, Katrina Hammon, Prashant Kumar

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has released a guidance note (Note) to clarify their expectations around influencer advertising. Its purpose is to benefit consumers with increased certainty and transparency when advertisers use influencers to promote their products or services.

Government announces further extension to the wage subsidy

By: Amanda Douglas

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.

Essential freshwater – new rules released for freshwater management

By: Michelle Mehlhopt, Philip Maw, Alyssa Langford

On the eve of the house rising for the last time before the election, Government released the highly anticipated new national direction on freshwater management - a new National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (NPSFM 2020), new National Environmental Standards for Freshwater (NESFW), new stock exclusion regulations, and amendments to the regulations for the measurement and reporting of water takes.

Insurance fraud: who am I hurting?

By: Sarah Harris

Insurance fraud has been around since insurance began. It is often perceived as a ‘victimless crime’, where the only ‘losers’ are big insurance companies that can afford the loss.

No longer sustainable? A new direction for New Zealand’s resource management system

By: Michelle Mehlhopt, Jesse Aimer

In a report released Wednesday 29 July, the Resource Management Review Panel (Panel) recommended major changes to New Zealand’s resource management system.

Privacy Act 2020 – Are you ready?

By: Bethany Entwistle

New Zealand’s highly anticipated Privacy Act will commence on 1 December 2020, replacing the Privacy Act 1993.

RMA refreshed? Changes to the Resource Management Act enacted

By: Kate Dickson, Mike Doesburg

The Resource Management Amendment Act 2020 came into force this week. The amendments will have significant implications for local authorities, particularly in the freshwater and climate change space.

Your home is your castle

By: Jenny Turner

Lockdown and the COVID-19 global pandemic has seen us all spending more of our time at home.

Will drug testing be thrown out the window?

By: Amanda Douglas

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?

Deadline extended for the compliance statement for the healthy homes standard

By: Angela Brown

From the 1 July 2019 landlords were required to meet the new rules for the healthy home standards that related to insulation, ventilation, heating, moisture ingress, draught stopping and drainage.

Affidavits of documents in multi-party litigation: Court of Appeal provides welcome guidance

By: Shane Campbell

The current James Hardie litigation concerns allegations that certain exterior cladding products manufactured by the James Hardie group were defective, which defects are alleged to have caused moisture ingress and associated damages.




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