Entries by MDJLAW

Client Update – June 2022

Client Update – June 2022 Finally, we bring you a client update that does not canvass COVID-19 related issues: New whistleblowing legislation The Protected Disclosures (Protection of Whistleblowers) Act 2022 comes into force on 1 July 2022. ‘Serious wrongdoing’ now includes behaviour that is a serious risk to the health and safety of any individual.  Also, […]

COVID-19 Update – May 2022

Changes to the COVID-19 Public Health Response Over the past month, several changes to the COVID-19 public health response have taken effect, including moving to the ‘Orange’ light setting of the COVID-19 protection framework, changes to gathering sizes, face mask requirements, vaccination mandates, and the opening of borders to allow international visitors from approved countries […]

The Australian bubble – what happens if the bubble bursts?

Client update – June 2021 The Australian bubble – what happens if the bubble bursts? All Australian states and territories are participating in quarantine free travel with New Zealand; however, an outbreak or border closure at either end could occur at short or no notice, which we have seen already.  That may leave travellers stranded […]

COVID-19 – No Jab – No Job?

Client Update: February 2021 COVID-19 updates No Jab – No Job? One of Aotearoa’s largest retirement village providers recently stated that anyone hired to work at its facilities would need to consent to receiving the COVID-19 vaccination.  It also stated that if an existing employee objects to receiving the jab, then it will look to […]

Recent privacy and employment law (and COVID-19) updates – August 2020

Over the past few weeks there have been a number of significant developments affecting employers, including introduction of new privacy and employment legislation, and the first (of likely many) cases dealing with employers reducing wages to 80% without consent during lockdown.  Information about these are set out below. New privacy legislation New privacy legislation was […]

COVID-19 – Moving to Level 2

COVID-19 Newsletter #5 – Moving to Level 2 – What you need to know about “Playing it Safe” (12 May 2020) The Government has announced that New Zealand will move to Level 2 in stages, starting this week.  Retail, malls, gyms, and cinemas can open from 14 May, schools from 18 May, and bars from […]

COVID-19 – Level 3 Update

COVID-19 Newsletter #4 – Moving to Level 3 – What you need to know New Zealand is (currently) moving to Level 3 at 11.59pm on Monday 27 April. The guidance from the Government on this Level indicates that there are some businesses that may reopen if they can operate safely. The Government has also indicated […]

COVID-19 – Essential Workers Leave Scheme

COVID-19 Newsletter #3 – Essential Workers Leave Scheme – What you need to know The Government’s COVID-19 response has introduced new support for essential businesses to pay their employees who cannot work. We outline the main features of this scheme below as a general guide. This information is correct at the time of issue, however […]


NEWSLETTER #2 – EMPLOYMENT IN the COVID-19 ERA Changes to COVID-19 Subsidies – What you need to know The Government’s COVID-19 response has evolved since our last newsletter on this topic dated 18 March 2020. We’ve put together some FAQs to guide you through the changing landscape.   This is correct as at time of issue, […]