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COVID-19 and the Future of Force Majeure
Not since Y2K have force majeure clauses been of so much focus.
COVID-19: Weekly Construction Briefings
12 June 2020 New Zealand has moved into Alert Level 1 from 8 June 2020. While this means that life has largely returned to normal, as physical distancing and other restrictions have been removed, upd...
12.06.2020 Posted in Construction Law & COVID-19
COVID-19: OIO Urgent measures – Coming soon!
The Overseas Investment (Urgent Measures) Amendment Act 2020 (“Amendment Act”) was passed on 28 May 2020 and received Royal Assent on 2 June 2020.  The majority of the Amendment Act will ...
COVID-19: Considerations for trustees
Navigating Uncertain Times for Trustees – considerations in light of Coronavirus
04.06.2020 Posted in COVID-19 & Trust Wills Estates
COVID-19 – Contact Tracing – Health and Safety and Privacy.  Think! and save us all.
As we slowly venture out into the world, we have noticed some businesses have adopted questionable contact tracing practices.  Businesses need to Think! about the competing obligations they are opera...
19.05.2020 Posted in COVID-19 & Employment Law
COVID-19: OIO Update
Government fast-tracks new measures during COVID-19 crisis
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
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: Update on buying and selling property during alert level 3
The guidelines for Alert Level 3 have been issued and will be in place as of today, Tuesday 28 April 2020. New Zealanders are now able to move house during Alert Level 3, including moving between regi...
28.04.2020 Posted in COVID-19 & Property 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
COVID-19: It’s advertising as usual in New Zealand
New Zealand’s Advertising Standards Authority (“ASA”), the industry organisation responsible for the self-regulation of advertising content and placement across all media in New Zealand, has emp...
23.04.2020 Posted in Advertising Law & COVID-19
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: Lease in default?  Rent not paid on time?
Intended PLA Law Changes during COVID-19
COVID-19: Yachting update
The Covid-19 pandemic has already had a significant impact on the marine industry.  In this briefing, we summarise the current situation for the yachting sector in New Zealand and the Pacific. New Ze...
20.04.2020 Posted in COVID-19 & Maritime Law
COVID-19: It’s not plain sailing for yacht owners
These are challenging and uncertain times and we wanted to provide a briefing on some of the issues yacht owners may be experiencing during the current lockdown. Do you have a mortgage over your yacht...
16.04.2020 Posted in COVID-19 & Maritime Law & Trade and Commodities
COVID-19: Buying and selling property during level 4
The imposition of COVID-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown (“Lockdown”) is adding stress to what is generally a stressful time for New Zealanders buying or selling their homes.  It has been said that an e...
15.04.2020 Posted in COVID-19 & Property Law
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: Impacts on Construction Contracts
New Zealand entered Covid-19 Alert Level 4 at 11.59pm on Wednesday 25 March.  Anyone not working in essential services is required to stay at home.  This restriction does not apply to building or co...
08.04.2020 Posted in Construction Law & COVID-19
COVID-19: Government contract guidelines for NZS3910:2013
The Government has announced contract guidelines to help support the construction industry during the Covid-19 restrictions.  These apply to contracts based on NZS3910:2013 (un-amended), being the mo...
08.04.2020 Posted in Construction Law & COVID-19
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: Government signals infrastructure push for economic recovery
While New Zealanders play their part in eliminating the spread of COVID-19 by staying at home, the government has released details of its plans for the construction sector in a post COVID-19 New Zeala...
06.04.2020 Posted in Construction Law & COVID-19
COVID-19: Insolvency law changes
On Friday afternoon the government announced temporary changes it intends to make to the Companies Act 1993 (the Act) to assist companies facing financial stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. Summary ...
06.04.2020 Posted in COVID-19 & Insolvency and Restructuring
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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