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On the home straight … long awaited Conduct of Financial Institutions SOP released

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The Financial Markets (Conduct of Institutions) Amendment Bill took a major (and belated) step forward late last week with the release of the long awaited supplementary order paper (SOP) to amend the Bill. This progress comes almost two years…

Combatting modern slavery – proposed new duties across the supply chain

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It is difficult to believe that slavery still exists in today's society, but the unfortunate reality is, it does. Modern slavery and worker exploitation remains in both the domestic and international supply chains and whilst our current laws…

Returning employees to the workplace

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Vaccination rates are high and we have begun to contemplate herd immunity whilst New Zealand works our way towards the conclusion of the current Omicron outbreak. Employers may now be looking to return their employees to the workplace in lieu…

The End of the Mandate…

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After the decision of Yardly[1], IOX[2] and the wide spread community transmission of Covid-19, we waited with baited breath to see what changes the Government would make to the Covid-19 Protection Framework and the government vaccine mandates…

COVID-19 Changes announced

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What are the changes and what do these mean for your business? This morning (23 March 2022) the New Zealand Government announced significant amendment to vaccination mandates, the COVID-19 Protection Framework and 'My Vaccine Pass' requirements. Following…

Menopause – what employers need to know

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  Menopause has far reaching impacts on the lives of women, and as more stay in paid employment longer, on workplaces, too.  Some employers might jump to risk mitigation first. However, leadership specialist Kate Billing and…

The Government takes on the income protection insurance market

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Last week, Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced the Government's proposal for a universal income insurance scheme. The "social insurance" would support New Zealanders who lose their job through no fault of their own, or need to stop…
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Southern Response decision unlocks $300m more

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Southern Response’s decision to accept the Court of Appeal's findings in the Dodds’ case allows at least 3,000 Christchurch policyholders who settled their claims before 1 October 2014 to receive compensation of $100,000 each, on average,…
Spotlight on Privacy

Spotlight on issues regarding Privacy & Cross Border Transactions and Commerce

The Privacy Act 2020 introduces a new Information Privacy Principle (IPP 12) which imposes controls on the disclosure of personal information to overseas entities and people.   The intent of IIP 12 is broadly to ensure that agencies sending…

Top tips for SMEs implementing an e-commerce solution

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E-commerce is a very well established means of doing business (Amazon being founded back in 1994 and now having a market cap of over $1 trillion being testament to this!). Yet today, in the Covid-19 world, e-commerce has assumed an even more…

Property transactions in a time of challenge

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Our property team has been working through the national state of emergency and lockdown. Below are some questions we have been fielding from our clients and we hope our answers will assist those in a limbo. We assume that the standard form…

UPDATED: The definition of essential goods and the law of unintended consequences…

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Update as at 18 April:   In the original version of this article (below), we highlighted some potential issues with the Government restrictions on freight movements.  The Ministry of Transport has now updated its rules and we have…

What are my legal rights if my cargo can’t get to its destination?

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A shipper typically has very few rights, while a forwarder and carrier has a number of options, in these circumstances.   The first point to bear in mind is that, unless a freight forwarder has accepted liability as principal (by…

Tax relief measures for COVID-19

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The Government has introduced various initial tax concessions to help with meeting your tax obligations.    The terms of the relief are not yet passed into legislation However some of the relief measures introduced in the Bill,…

Immigration Alert: Changes to Accredited Employer Scheme

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Immigration New Zealand has announced significant changes to the accredited employer scheme. What is the accredited employer scheme? Why is it helpful? Accredited employer status makes it much easier for an employer to recruit migrant…

Reforms to the RMA – mere tinkering or complete overhaul?

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Our planning system is not functioning effectively. This statement could be attributed to everyone interested in, or affected by, the development of our natural and physical resources. On one side, environmentalists claim that the system…

Back on the table – New Incorporated Societies Act to be introduced in late 2019

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On 26 June, MBIE announced that legislation to update the Incorporated Societies Act 1908 (Act) is expected to be introduced to Parliament later this year. Cabinet has approved changes to the Draft Bill following feedback received since it was…

The ‘Clean Slate’ Act – What you need to know

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Like many millennials, the Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act 2004 (Act) remains widely misunderstood. It seems that people either grossly exaggerate its power and scope, or reduce its operation to a twink pen for drink driving convictions. Misconceptions…

How the Government plans to leverage its $41 Billion spend

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The New Zealand Government spends approximately $41 billion each year buying goods and services from third-party suppliers and providers. Cabinet agreed last year to more explicitly leverage those contracts to achieve broader social, economic…

Bullies beware: Unfair commercial practices to be banned

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Many New Zealand businesses and consumers regularly confront what they see as unfair commercial practices. The Government believes that these practices may undermine its attempts to build a more productive, sustainable and inclusive economy. Recently,…

The Tax Working Group Report – What could this mean for you?

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Recently, the Tax Working Group (the Group) released its final report, setting out its recommendations and the design of the proposed broad taxation on capital gains (TCG) – aimed at addressing the structure, fairness and balance of our tax…

What happens when a visa is declined?

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Immigration applications are complex. There are multiple requirements to be met, some of which can seem contradictory.  Also, of course, the immigration authorities are as human as the rest of us.  Therefore, what can a migrant do, if he…

2018: Looking back to look forward

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It's been a busy year for our regulators in the transport and supply chain sector. In this final issue of FTD for 2018, we look back at some of the year's highlights and take a peek at what's coming up. Transport funding and Government policy…

Thinking of moving to New Zealand?

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If you intend to move to New Zealand or have recently arrived, you need to be aware of legal issues that affect your ability to buy a home, and also your tax residence status which affects your tax liability in New Zealand, on foreign-sourced…

What the Trusts Bill could mean for you as a trustee?

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Trusts are very popular in New Zealand and are used in a variety of ways to protect property, family members and manage assets. Between 300,000 to 500,000 trusts are operational in New Zealand, and the proposed changes will impact many New Zealanders. Following…

What you need to know – employment and immigration law changes

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The Employment Relations Amendment Act gained Royal Assent on 5 December 2018 and amends the Employment Relations Act 2000. The Minister of Immigration also announced proposed substantial changes to the immigration system, on 18 December 2018. It…