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Act Amendment a Game Changer for Victims of Revenge Pornography

By: Emily Walton, Bethany Entwistle

Recently Parliament enacted the Harmful Digital Communications (Unauthorised Posting of Intimate Visual Recording) Amendment Act 2022 in response a form of sexual exploitation, often referred to as “revenge pornography”.

Not this winter – Changes to the NES-F Regulations on intensive winter grazing

By: Alyssa Langford

The Governor-General by Order in Council recently passed the Resource Management (National Environmental Standards for Freshwater) Amendment Regulations 2022 (the 2022 Regs), which contain some important changes to the Resource Management (National Environmental Standards for Freshwater) Regulations 2020 (the Principal Regs) relating to intensive winter grazing.

Covid-19: When matters of Privacy and Public Health clash – Which prevails?

By: Charlene Sell

On 25 August 2021, Radio New Zealand published that 5 people in Auckland had potentially received a dose of saline solution, instead of the Covid-19 Pfizer vaccine in July.

Insurance Contracts Bill 101

By: Richard Hargreaves

When I began practising insurance law in New Zealand back in 2012, it was apparent that the legal framework was a bit haphazard. This wasn’t a new criticism, even ten years ago.

Natural Hazards Insurance Bill

By: Richard Hargreaves, Cecilia Liu

Parliament has introduced the Natural Hazards Insurance Bill, which will replace the Earthquake Commission Act 1993 and overhaul the Earthquake Commission (EQC).

Is the government proposing to pay employees if they lose their job?

By: manda Douglas, Rachel Irwin

The Government is proposing to create an Income Insurance Scheme (Scheme) for employees in New Zealand. The proposal states that employees who lose their job through no fault of their own (i.e. their role is disestablished on the ground of redundancy) may be paid 80% of their income for up to 7 months.

Government Announces Key Changes to its COVID-19 Response: What you Need to Know

By: Amanda Douglas

On 23 March 2022, the Government announced several key changes would be made to the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Protection Framework) Order (Protection Framework), COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021 (Vaccinations Order) and COVID-19 Public Health Response (Specified Work) Order (Specified Work Order). Here is what you need to know:

Employer get ready

By: Anthony Drake

2022 will see a number of legislative changes in employment law take effect. As an employer, you need to be ready and have clearly communicated what these changes mean for your employees …

Vaccinating children against COVID-19 – the role of parents and the child

By: Joshua Shaw, Hannah Lindo

With the Pfizer vaccine now available for anyone aged five and over, parents around the country are faced with the difficult decision about whether to vaccinate their tamariki. The decision is made more difficult when parents’ views differ and the child has a voice in the decision, too. A spotlight has been shone on this very conundrum in a case recently before the Family Court (Long v Steine [2022] NZFC 251)

Agreements are made to be kept; employee restraint of trade held to be enforceable

By: Anthony Drake

The Employment Relations Authority recently enforced restraint of trade clauses in a political journalist’s employment agreement when she resigned - Tova O’Brien v Discovery NZ Limited (2022). In deciding whether to enforce the restraints, the Authority considered whether they were reasonable and questioned the scope of the terms.

Explained: the COVID-19 public health response (vaccinations) amendment order (no 6) and COVID-19 public health response (protection framework) order 2021

By: Amanda Douglas, Sarah Hood

With the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Amendment Order (No 6) (Vaccination Amendment Order) and the new COVID-19 Public Health Response (Protection Framework) Order 2021 (Protection Framework Order) – which provides the legal basis for the Traffic Light system – employers are still finding themselves coming to terms with yet another set of rules.

Assessing professional negligence – relevant UK case law

By: Richard Hargreaves

This article is a very brief consideration of the complicated legal issue of professional negligence. A landmark decision in this area was released by the UK Supreme Court earlier this year: Manchester Building Society v Grant Thornton. Although it is an English case, MBS v Grant Thornton is of great interest to New Zealand practitioners; the six-stage test for professional negligence is closely applicable to the New Zealand legal regime.

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