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Thursday, 20 September 2018

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RECEIVING FULL COMPENSATION FOR COMPULSORY ACQUISITION UNDER PUBLIC WORKS ACT: Phil Shannon, Partner at Turner Hopkins Lawyers, discusses the challenges of achieving full compensation for clients whose land is compulsorily acquired under the Public Works Act 1981. Being deprived of property without adequate and fair compensation is a breach of basic human rights, Phil writes. 

COUNTDOWN FOR RENTAL HOMES TO HAVE INSULATION COMPLIANT WITH RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES LAW: Patrick Wynne, Law Clerk (Property) at Cavell Leitch, discusses the looming requirement for all residential rental properties to have ceiling and under-floor insulation compliant with the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 and the Residential Tenancies (Smoke Alarms and Insulation) Regulations 2016.

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OVERWORK, EMPLOYEE WELLBEING AND HEALTH AND SAFETY AT WORK ACT: Peter Cullen, Partner at Cullen - The Employment Law Firm, discusses high-profile cases of people overworking and how overwork which threatens an employee's health in New Zealand can breach the Health and Safety at Work Act. The Government has recognised the depth of mental health issues in New Zealand by setting up an Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction, he writes.

GOODWEAR PLEADS GUILTY TO FAIR TRADING ACT BREACHES OVER INCORRECT FIRE WARNINGS ON KIDS' CLOTHES: Commerce Commission New Zealand has welcomed clothing supplier Goodwear Limited's (Goodwear) plea of guilty to 16 charges relating to missing or incorrect fire warnings and other labelling on children’s clothing.

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WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU ARE THE SUBJECT OF A WORKPLACE INVESTIGATION? Christa Ludlow, Principal Consultant of Weir Consulting, discusses what you should do in this scenario: I was called into HR today and told that a member of my team has alleged that I have bullied him. I was given a letter with some allegations and told he will be reporting to someone else while the matter is investigated. I have no idea what this is about.

WHAT IS EQUITY CROWDFUNDING AND WHY IS ITS POPULARITY INCREASING?  MinterEllisonRuddWatts' Rodney Craig, Partner - Corporate and Commercial, and Jeremy Muir, Partner - Financial Services, discuss the rise of Equity Crowdfunding and how it has become a new investment channel for retail investors, including in the fashion industry.

Thursday, 13 September 2018

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FRAUD RISK ASSESSMENTS ESSENTIAL: Stephen Drain, Partner in Forensic Services at PwC Auckland New Zealand, discusses how fraud risk assessments are essential for law firms, following the new Anti-Money laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism laws. Stephen previously reported on the AML/CFT Act for Legalwise News.

FIRST DEFENDED HEARING UNDER NEW HEALTH AND SAFETY AT WORK ACT: Chapman Tripp's Garth Gallaway, Partner in Litigation & dispute resolution, and Joseph Lill, Senior Solicitor in Litigation & dispute resolution, discuss the first defending hearing under the new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, where they acted for Athenberry Holdings Limited. 

Industry Developments

INSOLVENCY LAW CASE UPDATES: Buddle Findlay's Scott Barker, Partner, and Bridie McKinnon, Senior Associate, discuss the latest cases in Insolvency Law, comparing different jurisdictions' views on creditors' compromises. They look at recent decisions in the New Zealand Supreme Court and the High Court of England and Wales.

EPA CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS ON PESTICIDES: The Environmental Protection Authority is seeking submissions on three neonicotinoid pesticides after a European Food Safety Authority update. Neonicotinoid pesticides can impact bees and other pollinators if not used correctly. They have been available for use in New Zealand for more than 20 years.

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LESSONS FOR EMPLOYERS FROM MBIE BAN ON BURGER KING: Lane Neave's Fiona McMillan, Partner, and Nicky Robertson, Senior Associate, discuss what employers can learn from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's barring Burger King from hiring new migrant workers and extending the visas of current migrant staff for a period of one year. 

SUFFERED A SETBACK? HOW TO GET BACK ON TRACK: Leadership Coach and Business Psychologist Jasbindar Singh discusses eight tips for getting back on track after you have suffered a setback in the workplace at or home. Notice, acknowledge and take responsibility for what has happened, she writes. 

Thursday, 6 September 2018

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OVERSEAS INVESTMENT AMENDMENT ACT RESTRICTS FOREIGN BUYERS: Christina Lefever, Special Counsel at Duncan Cotterill, writes that in addition to bringing "residential land” under the Overseas Investment Act, the amendment includes changes for the forestry and horticulture sectors, and boosts the enforcement and information-gathering powers of the Overseas Investment Office.

CHANGES TO INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS' POST-STUDY WORK RIGHTS: Mark Williams, Partner - Immigration at Lane Neave, writes that there will be a very generous transition period for existing students, which is positive for those students and their employers, however, this might trigger an exodus of new students from Auckland to other regions for the next academic year. 

Industry Developments

CPD COURSES AND SOFT SKILLS BOOST YOUR VALUE IN THE WORKFORCE: Jodie Flowerday, a Policy Advisor working in the New Zealand tertiary sector, discusses the importance of Continuing Professional Development in the legal industry and how learning soft skills, also known as people skills, boost your value as an employee. 

RECORDED CONVERSATIONS v PERSONAL INFORMATION? Chapman Tripp Partners Justin Graham and Kelly McFadzien discuss whether a recorded conversation is considered to be personal information, with reference to a recent case in an Australian appeal court and the situation in New Zealand. 

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NEUROPSYCHOLOGY ASSESSMENTS IN MEDICO-LEGAL SETTINGS: Clinical Neuropsychologist Dr Judy Tang, of Jurmaine Health, discusses how Neuropsychology assessments work and how the results can apply in Medico-Legal settings. Of particular interest to many referrers is the assessment of the client's effort; all neuropsychology assessments include examination of this area, she writes.

WHAT IS THE HIGH COURT'S VIEW ON TESTAMENTARY PROMISES? Glenn Cooper, Partner - Litigation at Cavell Leitch, discusses two recent decisions. If a testamentary promise is shown and the provision for that person's reward for services or work was not made in the will, the Court will, subject to provisions, order the executors to honour the promise, Glenn writes.



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