Employment, immigration and health & safety updates

COVID-19: Health and safety considerations for businesses and employers at Alert Level 2
12 May 20

The Prime Minister has announced that as of 14 May 2020, New Zealand will move into the less restrictive Alert Level 2.  At Alert Level 2 the majority of New Zealand businesses will be permitted to physically open and resume trade. This article discusses what ...

COVID-19 update: Changes to the Parental Leave Scheme
12 May 20

The COVID-19 Response (Further Management Measures) Legislation Bill (the Bill) has introduced changes to the parental leave scheme. Under the proposed amendments to the parental leave scheme governed by the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Act 1987 (the Act), essential workers who are currently on ...

Government expands Essential Workers’ Leave Support
28 Apr 20

As from Friday, 1 May businesses can make application to the Ministry of Social Development for Workers' Leave Support. Under the broadened criteria, the COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme will be available to all businesses, organisations and self-employment people, not just essential services. The other criteria ...

Level 3 employment considerations
25 Apr 20

With New Zealand moving to a Level 3 alert at 11.59pm on Monday, 27 April 2020 many employees will be returning to work. The below article considers what factors an employer should be considering in order to facilitate this return to work, as well as ...

Working together in good faith is crucial for survival, recovery
17 Apr 20

Column written by Dunedin Partner John Farrow, published in the business section of the Otago Daily Times on Friday 17 April. COVID-19 and the Level 4 lockdown have created myriad issues for employers and employees alike. It's not possible in this brief article to cover ...

Sick leave: Essential Workers’ Leave Scheme (updated)
8 Apr 20

Details of the new sick leave scheme for essential workers have been clarified and the scheme is available from Monday 6 April, for a period of at least 8 weeks((https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/essential-workers-leave-scheme-established)). Payments The Beehive press release confirms essential workers who take leave from work to comply ...

Sick leave: Essential Workers’ Leave Scheme
2 Apr 20

Details of the new sick leave scheme for essential workers were announced today and the scheme will be available on Monday 6 April, for a period of at least 8 weeks ((https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/essential-workers-leave-scheme-established)). The Beehive press release confirms essential workers who take leave from work to ...

COVID-19 – Wage Subsidy Q & A
1 Apr 20

The Government is regularly updating and finessing the Wage Subsidy Scheme. Here Malcolm Couling answers some of the questions commonly asked by businesses.   Q: What does 'best efforts to pay 80% mean? A: The starting point is often overlooked – you should being paying ...

Lockdown – public holidays and annual leave obligations
1 Apr 20

With the Easter public holidays set to fall during the current COVID-19 lockdown period it is necessary for employers and employees to understand their obligations and rights. In this article our specialist employment law team examines the issues of payments for public holidays as well ...

Latest Update to Essential Businesses
31 Mar 20

The Government updated its definition of 'essential businesses' late on the afternoon of 30 March 2020. There is greater clarification on essential non-food consumer products. Businesses are able to sell essential non-food consumer products provided they do so in a way that protects the public ...

COVID-19: Immigration update for visa holders
31 Mar 20

The New Zealand government recently issued an Epidemic Management Notice, designed to inform and support some visa holders. On 24 March 2020 the Prime Minister, together with the Minister of Immigration and Minister for Social Development, issued an Epidemic Preparedness (Epidemic Management- COVID-19) Notice 2020. ...

Major Update to Wage Subsidy Scheme
27 Mar 20

The Government has made major modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. The changes will apply from 4pm today. The key points are discussed below: Key points: The modifications focus on keeping businesses and workers ...

Update for employers: Government COVID-19 package
19 Mar 20

On 17 March the Government announced an economic response package to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. The total package is valued at $12.1B. Two parts of that package are especially relevant to businesses.   The Wage Subsidy Scheme Wage subsidies (paid to an employer as ...

Otago construction boom brings responsibilities
2 Mar 20

Column written by Dunedin Partner John Farrow, published in the business section of the Otago Daily Times on Monday 3 March. It seems that Otago is at the beginning, if not in the midst, of a construction boom. Dunedin’s hospital, school expansions, hotels and houses ...

Coronavirus: Key Employment Law questions
12 Feb 20

The outbreak of the 2019-nCoV (Coronavirus) epidemic in China has New Zealand at stage II of its framework for action: New Zealand Influenza Pandemic Plan (NZIPP).  We are currently attempting to "Keep It Out" through border controls, restrictions and preventative action so that we never ...

Coronavirus: Headline thoughts for New Zealand businesses
5 Feb 20

The novel coronavirus is giving the world a major scare. There is no doubt that it is also going to present New Zealand with an economic speedbump this year.  Many businesses are already experiencing the direct impact of coronavirus. We have seen some exports to ...

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