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  • Independent contractor or employee – more from the Employment Court

    Closely following the ‘land-mark’ decision from the Employment Court determining that a courier driver, Mr Leota, was an employee of Parcel Express Limited, the Employment Court has released another example of how the employment relationship status of an individual will be determined, this time finding that four commission based taxi drivers were employees.

  • Was Budget 2020 a missed opportunity?

    There’s no question that helping the economy stabilise and recover was the first and pressing priority for the government, and the predominance of the ongoing COVID-19 support package was no surprise. But equally there can surely have been few greater opportunities than this to act boldly on the climate crisis, and for now, at least, that appears to be a missed opportunity.
 There was little funding for green investment or any kind of adaptation that might contribute to lowering potential emissions of economy of the nation’s economic activities.
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  • COVID-19 red-tape cutting measures: Practical relief for KiwiSaver and lending processes – but why is it only temporary?

    The speed with which the Government and regulators responded to the regulatory compliance challenges thrown at New Zealand by the COVID-19 lockdown has been impressive. Nowhere was this more apparent than in the tightly prescribed environment within which financial service providers must operate.
 Much of the relief provided in response to the Epidemic Preparedness (COVID-19) Notice 2020 (COVID Notice) was on a short term basis. As yet, there has been no suggestion that any consumer harm has arisen as a result of this increased flexibility and the embracing of modern technology to cater for lockdown and remote working practices. That raises the question – do these emergency responses actually highlight the fact that some of the regulatory red-tape faced by our financial service provider sector is no longer fit for purpose?
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  • Construction with COVID-19: Could you need a contractual reset?

    The new normal for construction is a large lurch, and lowered productivity will be unavoidable.
 New standards and protocols essentially add up to the familiar prescription: adequate distancing, comprehensive record keeping, due care. What that will entail varies between construction type, site size, and the nature of activity, but clearly it will not be possible to maintain levels of productivity that were being achieved before lockdown.

  • What changes to expect in NZ’s overseas investment laws next month – and why New Zealand remains open for business

    As recently announced by the Government, certain amendments to the Overseas Investment Act 2005 (‘Act’) will be fast-tracked into law in response to COVID-19. A number of significant changes were already proposed for the Act before New Zealand went into ‘lockdown’ in late March – but now, some of these initiatives, including a particular ‘urgent’ measure, will be implemented ahead of schedule.

  • When it rains, it pours...

    Grant Robertson’s rainy day Budget just poured billions – with many more billions still to come – into saving and creating jobs. If the plan works (and it is still being developed to match rapidly changing economic circumstances) then New Zealand’s economy may be spared the worst of what the Prime Minister calls ‘dire global predictions’.
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  • Level 2 – What are the key employment and health and safety issues?

    The Prime Minister announced on 11 May that we will move to Alert Level 2 on Thursday 14 May 2020. Last week the government provided guidance on what Alert Level 2 will look like.
 In summary, while there is more freedom of movement in Alert Level 2, the core message is to play it safe.

  • Whistle-stop consenting for economic reboot - the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-Track Consenting) Bill

    Cabinet has released a paper which provides further detail on the government’s proposal to fast track consenting processes for various projects to provide immediate economic stimulus.

  • COVID-19: Alert Level 2 – starting the ‘new normal’ in the retail sector

    Last week, the Prime Minister provided guidance on what Alert Level 2 will look like and today businesses will be pleased to be getting back to work in the ‘new normal’ as we move to Alert Level 2. However, many won’t have had much of an opportunity to consider the practicalities around a return to work. Here are some things you should make sure you consider before opening the doors.

  • Independent contractor or employee – a 'land-mark' decision

    While most have been focused on the implications of COVID-19 on employment relationships, the Employment Court has released what has been described as a “land-mark” decision with respect to the classification of employment relationships, determining that a courier driver ostensibly engaged as a contractor was in fact an employee.

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