Employment Relations Authority Decision – Dismissal for Refusing Vaccine - Justified

The Employment Relations Authority ("Authority") have issued the first decision in relation to an employee being dismissed for refusing to be vaccinated against Covid-19 (GF v New Zealand Customs Service [2021] NZERA 382).
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What are my Options if I Wish to Separate From my Partner During Alert Level 4 Lockdown?

The combination of isolating within one bubble along with additional financial stress, changes to childcare and working from home can bring personal relationships closer or unfortunately, push them apart. Breakdowns in personal relationships can add an additional layer of stress to an already difficult situation. However, it is important to remember that help is available.
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How to Deal With Family, Safety and Personal Matters During Uncertain Times - What we can do to Help

The Covid-19 Delta Variant Lockdown has created uncertainty and anxiety for many and has significantly impacted family dynamics, particularly in Auckland were Alert Level 4 is still ongoing. It is important to remember that help is available and at McVeagh Fleming, we are working remotely to provide you with an array of family law services. Our team have a range of experience and can provide pragmatic advice, tailored to your personal situation.
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Are You Sure You Want To Give That Warranty?

When you are selling a property it is common to list the 'Chattels' which you are to be selling with the building. Chattels are items which are able to be removed from a property without too much effort, and which were never intended to permanently form part of the structure. Common examples are an oven, paintings or a fridge. Occasionally they can be large eg a spa pool or garden shed. If it can fit on a truck, it may well be a chattel.
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The Impact of Covid-19 - Employment Issues

The Government have announced an extension of the Wage Subsidy Scheme. Applications for a second round of Wage Subsidy – known as the Wage Subsidy August #2 opened on Friday 3 September 2021.
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Recovering Money During Lockdown in the Construction Industry

Many in the construction industry will be feeling frustrated at the latest lockdown slowing down projects and progress. Fortunately, not everything has to be put on pause. The Construction Contracts Act 2002 ("CCA") provides ways to recover money during lockdown.
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Government Financial Assistance Available

Since the Alert Level 4 Lockdown, the Government has announced financial support that is available. We have outlined these (at a high level) briefly below.
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Facilitating Day-to-Day Care and Contact Through the Covid-19 Delta Variant Lockdown

Due to the recent presence of the highly contagious Covid-19 Delta variant within communities throughout New Zealand, the country has been placed into an Alert Level 4 Lockdown. The stringent lockdown restrictions may have implications for parents who have shared care arrangements, Parenting Orders, or who are involved in Family Court proceedings. This can create an added level of stress and anxiety as parents try to navigate both lockdown rules and day-to-day care of their children.
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Navigating Employment Issues in Alert Level 4

On Tuesday night at 11.59 pm New Zealand entered Alert Level 4. This is a disconcerting time for employers and employees. We learnt from last time that employment obligations continue as usual, this means that among other things, an employer cannot unilaterally reduce an employee’s pay; an employer must consult with the employee if they are disestablishing their role; an employer must discuss in good faith changes to work arrangements; and if an employee is working the employee must continue to receive the minimum wage. Overall, the key to getting through this period is for both employees and employers to communicate with each other.
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New Duty of Due Diligence on Directors and Senior Managers of Lenders

Significant amendments to the Credit Contract and Consumer Finance Act 2003 ("CCCFA"), come into force on 1 October 2021 which sees among other things the imposition of a new duty of due diligence on directors and senior managers of a "lender" (including some mobile traders).
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