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Thursday, June 21, 2018

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THREE STRIKES LAW REPEAL ON HOLD: Legalwise News NZ interviewed Len Andersen, president of the Criminal Bar Association of New Zealand, about why the CBA believes that “New Zealand is one of the most punitive countries in the world” and that the failings of the controversial “three strikes legislation” show why it must be repealed and full judicial discretion restored in sentencing. 

LATEST ON OVERSEAS INVESTMENT BILL: Christina Lefever, Special Counsel at Duncan Cotterill, discusses the foreshadowed changes to Overseas Investment laws and the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee’s report on the Amendment Bill released on 18 June 2018. Currently, in New Zealand’s overseas investment regime, the only constant is change, she writes. 

Industry Developments

EMPLOYMENT LAW CHANGES OVERVIEW: MinterEllisonRuddWatts Partner Megan Richards and Senior Solicitor Daniel Fielding discuss coming Employment Law changes concerning Equal Pay, Fair Pay, Contractor Rights and the Holidays Act. During the 2017 general election, the Labour Party campaigned on a range of employment law changes, many of which would have the effect of repealing legislative amendments to the Employment Relations Act 2000 made by the National-led government over the previous nine years, they write.

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HOW TO PROACTIVELY MANAGE YOUR PRIVACY RISK: Buddle Findlay Partner Hamish Kynaston discusses how businesses can manage their privacy risk, in light of the coming changes to Privacy laws. In preparation for the new Privacy Bill, which is set to replace the 25-year-old Privacy Act later this year, and as a matter of good practice, it is essential for businesses to proactively manage privacy risks, he writes. 

KNOW YOUR IDEAL CUSTOMER:  Why don’t my marketing personas work? Strategic marketing communications executive Leticia Mooney, of Brutal Pixie, explains how to make your marketing personas work for you. Also known as a "buyer persona", this represents your ideal customer, using information gained from market research and actual customer data.


Thursday, June 14, 2018

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PRIVACY BILL AND DATA PROTECTION: MinterEllisonRuddWatts Partner Tom Maasland, Senior Solicitor Suzy McMillan, and Solicitor Aidan Allen, discuss the Government’s Privacy Bill and how it will likely interact with the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The reform to the country's 25-year-old Privacy Laws is now at Select Committee stage and, proposes necessary and timely reforms to the New Zealand Privacy Act 1993.

UNRAVELLING PONZI SCHEMES: Jennifer Tunna, Principal at Lowndes Law, discusses the Government’s discussion paper which proposes a new regime for unravelling Ponzi schemes. The paper suggests a new, Ponzi scheme-specific arm to New Zealand’s statutory Insolvency regime, which will aim to better ensure that defrauded investors are treated equally where a Ponzi scheme is identified. Submissions are due by July 6.

IMMIGRATION v POPULATION GROWTH: Karen Justice, Licensed Immigration Adviser at New Era Consulting, discusses the challenging dichotomy between immigration levels and population growth in New Zealand. In not being able to source employees locally, employers have resorted to recruiting from offshore, perhaps further adding to the under-utilisation rate, she writes. 

Industry Developments

NON-LEGAL ROLES FOR LAW GRADUATES: Jodie Flowerday, Senior Policy Advisor at the Vice-Chancellor’s Office at the University of Canterbury, discusses how she made a strategic early career move to use her law degree to work in-house for an insurance company. She encourages law graduates to rethink their early career options and consider a wider range of quasi law opportunities outside the traditional law firm pathway.

DEALING WITH AN UNEQUAL WORKLOAD: Christa Ludlow, Principal Consultant of Weir Consulting, discusses what to do if your boss regularly gives you extra work, such as urgent and important tasks, because a colleague on your team is underperforming and your boss knows you will perform the work more efficiently and competently.


Thursday, June 7, 2018

Latest News

LAW SOCIETY SEXUAL HARASSMENT SURVEY: Legalwise News NZ interviewed employment law practitioner Robbie Bryant, of Edwards Law, about the shocking New Zealand Law Society survey results which showed that sexual harassment and bullying are long-term, widespread problems in the legal profession. 

SEXUAL HARRASSMENT RIFE IN LAW: Christa Ludlow, Principal Consultant of Weir Consulting, writes that there is abundant evidence that sexual harassment is a serious problem for the legal profession across jurisdictions, and has been for a number of years.

MAJOR RETAILER UNDERPAID EMPLOYEES: Ashley-Jayne Lodge, Partner - Employment at Cavell Leitch, discusses the recent Employment Court finding that major New Zealand retailer Smiths City Group Limited had underpaid employees. 

Industry Developments 

IMMIGRATION NZ ACCUSED OF BIAS: Danny Wang, Licensed Immigration Adviser at NZ Migration, writes that Indian visa applicants face an uphill battle convincing Immigration NZ of their bona fides, in light of recent media reports. 

EVIDENCE ACT REVIEW: The Law Commission asks if the truth of an out-of-court statement should be relevant to assessing its reliability when a court decides whether to admit that statement as evidence.

NZ LAGS IN INSURANCE LAW: Chris Boys, Director of Assure Legal, writes that the Government’s review of insurance legislation is overdue and the country has fallen behind other jurisdictions such as Australia in this area.

HOLIDAYS ACT REVIEW OVERDUE: Charlotte Parkhill, a Partner in the Kensington Swan Employment Team, writes that the Government’s review of the Holidays Act 2003 is much-needed, because the Act’s complex provisions have resulted in wide-spread non-compliance among employers, including the consistent underpayment of workers.



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