Christmas Holidays

After a tumultuous year of lockdowns many employees and employers are looking forward to the Christmas closedown period. To help employers and employees navigate this time, we have set out some general guidance and answered your commonly asked questions.
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Capture and Commercialise - Commercial Exploitation of Intellectual Property Rights

Intellectual Property is an asset that has the potential to be more valuable to your business than tangible business assets and should be protected as much as possible. A famous trade mark or a market leading patent may be of far greater value to a company than its physical assets.
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The Privacy Act 2020 - Privacy Principle One

The Privacy Act 2020 ("new Act") came into force in 2020, replacing the Privacy Act 1993. The purpose of the new Act was to overhaul New Zealand's existing privacy of personal information regulatory framework and bring it into line with internationally recognised privacy obligations and standards. Section 22 of the new Act sets out 13 information privacy principles ("Privacy Principles"). In this article, we focus on new developments in relation to Privacy Principle 1 ("PP1"), which addresses the purpose of collection of personal information.
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Debt Recovery and Enforcement

This article serves to inform the procedural and legal methods and issues related to debt recovery.
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New Law - Employment and Vaccinations

This week the Government released the Covid-19 Response (Vaccinations) Legislation Bill ("Bill"), it is expected to be passed into law shortly.
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Bonuses and Holiday Pay Calculations

The Court of Appeal recently released a decision Metropolitan Glass & Glazing Limited v Labour Inspector Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment [2021] NZCA 560 reversing an earlier ruling of the Employment Court regarding short-term incentive payments under the Holidays Act 2003.
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2021 Resident Visa

On 30 September 2021, Immigration New Zealand introduced a one-off 2021 Resident Visa as a response to the changed immigration circumstances in New Zealand due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This resident visa is intended for temporary visa holders who held one of the eligible temporary visa on 29 September 2021 and were present in New Zealand (or in some circumstances were in Australia) and their partners and dependent children including those currently outside of New Zealand.
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Has New Zealand Finally Been Ordered to Allow Freedom of Movement?

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Government issued the Covid-19 Public Health Response (Isolation and Quarantine) Order 2020 ("IQ Order") in September 2020. Most kiwis are well aware of the IQ Order, and understood it to mean that if we leave New Zealand, we will be required to self-isolate at a managed isolation facility for 14 days upon our return (until the announcement last week confirming a shortening of the managed isolation period for residents returning to NZ after 14 November 2021).
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Can You Require Workers to be Vaccinated?

The Government has recently made a number of announcements impacting employers and their businesses in preparation of New Zealand living with Covid-19 in the community. We have outlined these below.
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Proposed Changes to the Property Law Act 2007 - Mandatory Rent Reduction For All Commercial Leases During Lockdown

The Government has moved very fast to make significant changes to the law around commercial leases. The proposed changes would allow all commercial tenants, including business owners of all sizes, whether or not they have suffered material financial losses, a rent reduction for the period of 'no access' to their premises as a result of the current Covid-19 lockdown.
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