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The new Privacy Act: What will this mean for your Business?
The long awaited reform to New Zealand privacy law is currently making its way through the final stages in Parliament, and is expected to become law on 1 November 2020. The Privacy Bill (which when en...
25.05.2020 Posted in Business Advice & Employment Law
Budget 2020: $4 Billion Business Support Package
Yesterday Hon Grant Robertson delivered Budget 2020, which he called “the most significant financial commitment by a New Zealand government in modern history”. The Budget establishes a $50 billio...
15.05.2020 Posted in Business Advice
COVID-19: OIO Update
Government fast-tracks new measures during COVID-19 crisis
Lifting the roof on director’s duties
First prosecution for serious breaches of director’s duties under the Companies Act.
COVID-19: Industries interrupted: A call for clarity in respect of Business Interruption Cover
Understandably, businesses worldwide are looking for financial support to offset losses flowing from the restrictions governments have placed on how we can conduct business as part of global and local responses to control the spread of COVID-19.
13.05.2020 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19 & Insurance Law
Budget 2020: “Far from business as usual”
This week brings a cascade of significant events.
13.05.2020 Posted in Business Advice
Contractor or Employee? The decision in Leota v Parcel Express Limited
The legal distinction between contractors and employees can sometimes be a fine one. Being an employee, rather than a contractor, is generally (and in most cases) advantageous to the worker as it prov...
12.05.2020 Posted in Business Advice & Employment Law
COVID-19: Insolvency Law Changes
On Tuesday afternoon the government introduced legislation to implement the changes to the Companies Act 1993 (the Act) it announced in early April.  These changes are intended to assist companies to...
COVID-19: Extension of Leave Support Scheme for “At Risk” Workers
On 24 April 2020 and with a shift to Alert Level 3, the Government has announced that the COVID-19 Essential Workers Leave Support Scheme has been extended to cover “non-essential” workers who are...
04.05.2020 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19 & Employment Law
COVID-19: Health and Safety at Level 3
Alert Level 3 is upon us.
24.04.2020 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19 & Health & Safety Law
Extension of unfair contract terms regime to small trade contracts
New Zealand’s Fair Trading Act (“FTA”) currently prohibits the inclusion or use of terms that have been declared to be an “unfair contract term” in standard form consumer contracts.  The Fa...
23.04.2020 Posted in Business Advice
At first glance: Overseas Investment Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2020 
On 19 March 2020, the Overseas Investment Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2020 (the “Bill”) was introduced to Parliament.  The two key intentions of the Bill are to strengthen and simplify the ove...
COVID-19: Contracts – Managing through lockdown and beyond
The current COVID-19 lockdown has brought many businesses to a standstill and, at the very least, interrupted all businesses.  In light of supply chain and workforce difficulties, together with the i...
20.04.2020 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19
COVID-19: Rent abatements during level 4 – updated 14th April 2020
With the COVID-19 Level 4 Eliminate now in force, so that the part of the population not providing essential services must stay home, what is the position with the payment of rent and outgoings by tenants?
COVID-19: Next Level:  Employment beyond Lockdown
Next Level We are almost 3 weeks into a Level 4 lock-down and a little over a week from Level 3 if all goes to plan. Now is the time to be thinking about what the next stage will look like for your bu...
14.04.2020 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19 & Employment Law
COVID-19: Temporary ‘safe harbour’ from directors’ insolvency duties
As mentioned in Hesketh Henry’s article “COVID-19: Insolvency law changes” (https://www.heskethhenry.co.nz/insights-opinion/covid-19-insolvency-law-changes/), Grant Robertson has announced that ...
COVID-19: Business Finance Guarantee Scheme – loan applications now open
Businesses can now start applying to their banks for loans under the $6.25 billion Business Finance Guarantee Scheme (“BFGS”), set up to support small and medium-sized businesses during the COVID-...
03.04.2020 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19
COVID-19: Anarchy does not rule, OK?!
Employment Issues and COVID-19 – Updated 1 April 2020
01.04.2020 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19 & Employment Law
COVID-19: Health and Safety in essential businesses
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, New Zealand’s alert level is currently at Alert Level 4.
31.03.2020 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19 & Health & Safety Law
COVID-19: Business Finance Guarantee Scheme
The Government, retail banks and the Reserve Bank recently announced a major financial support package for businesses affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. The package includes a $6.25 billion...
30.03.2020 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19
COVID-19: Relief for businesses: COVID-19 Economic Response Package – updated 31 March 2020
The Government has introduced a number of key measures to reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses:Wage subsidy scheme – businesses may be eligible for wage subsidies ($585.80 (gro...
25.03.2020 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19
COVID-19: Advice for businesses
We have prepared the following tips for businesses to guide them through the current circumstances.  Urgent advice should be sought where cash flow problems are arising, or where contractual obligati...
COVID-19: Employment issues -updated 24 March 2020
The COVID-19 situation is rapidly evolving, and employers need to be continually assessing and reassessing their response. This article is being updated regularly: the last update was 24 March 2020. L...
17.03.2020 Posted in Business Advice & COVID-19 & Employment Law
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