Residency lolly scramble

4 October 2021 The path to gaining New Zealand residency has been plagued by long delays, shifting goalposts and snaking queues. Last week the Government gave temporary work visa holders some much needed certainty and relief by announcing the “2021 Resident Visa”. This is a one-off visa for some temporary work visa holders already in New […]

ERA upholds vaccine requirements

4 October 2021 The Employment Relations Authority has released its first, and much anticipated, COVID-19 vaccination determination (available here). The Authority found that the New Zealand Customs Service (Customs) was justified in dismissing an employee who refused to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Background In late 2020, the Government determined that border workers would be a priority […]

Fair Pay Agreements

2 August 2021 The Government has announced that Fair Pay Agreement legislation will be introduced later this year. This could have significant effects on employers, employees, and the labour market generally. Fair Pay Agreements (FPA) will set out the minimum entitlements and working standards for employees in a specific industry or occupation. Parties to a […]

Vaccine Refusers Have Hopes Pricked In The Authority

2 August 2021 The Employment Relations Authority has refused to remove a COVID-19 matter to the Employment Court, finding no important matters of law or public interest. The Applicant, a border worker at a port, refused to be vaccinated against COVID-19. This was despite the Government’s Public Health Response Order requiring such ‘front-line’ workers to […]

New Zealand – Director Duties – Reckless Trading – Mainzeal

05 June 2019 BACKGROUND Few pieces of litigation in New Zealand have attracted as much media attention as the High Court’s recent decision in Mainzeal Property and Construction Limited v Yan. The downfall of Mainzeal Property and Construction Limited (Mainzeal) began in 2004, when Richina Pacific (Richina) established a new independent board for Mainzeal – […]


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