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A duty nonetheless: revisiting section 34 overlapping duties

A recent fatal crowd surge at a concert in Texas has emphasised how failures by different parties engaged in the same enterprise can lead to tragic consequences. Criticism was levelled at several parties, including the respective companies who organised, promoted, and live-streamed the festival, when the surge during the performance of rapper Travis Scott (aka… Read more »

Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Bill: Allowing self-identification of gender

On 9 December 2021, Parliament unanimously passed the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Bill. This Bill allows those who do not identify with the sex assigned to them at birth to correct this themselves, without the involvement of the Family Court. In its original form, the Bill was primarily administrative and aimed to improve… Read more »

Employment law update – Covid 19/Vaccinations

New Zealand has entered a new phase of its Covid-19 response. Vaccination has been focused on as the primary means of protection from the Delta variant. Mandating vaccinations in the workplace is complex– especially as the official guidance changes so rapidly. Vaccine mandated workers The Government has applied several measures to see vaccine rates rise…. Read more »

The End-of-Life Choice Act – Considerations for Practitioners

The End-of-Life Choice Act 2019 comes into effect on 7 November 2021. From this date, a patient who is experiencing unbearable suffering from a terminal illness is able to seek assistance to end their life. This is a sensitive issue, with strong views both for and against. Accordingly, the law has broad obligations which will… Read more »

Anti-vax professionals – a prickly issue?

As the race to increase Covid-19 vaccination rates heats up and deadlines for sweeping new vaccine mandates loom, we are increasingly hearing stories about professionals who hold and spread, anti-vaccination views. No profession seems to be immune: midwives, doctors, teachers, and lawyers have all made the news for strong anti-vaccination views. These vocal professionals can… Read more »

The new partners are civil litigation experts

Wellington firm Darroch Forrest Lawyers has elevated two civil litigation experts to partner, according to the New Zealand Law Society. Lauren Castle is a specialist in the areas of health and safety, employment and general civil litigation. She first became part of the firm in 2018, and currently heads up its employment team. She has… Read more »

Privacy Act 2020 changes – what do they mean for you and your business?

The Privacy Act 2020 came into force on 1 December 2020.  This marks the first significant review in 27 years. The Act includes new reporting obligations and notification requirements for privacy breaches. An organisation must ensure the data life cycle of information it holds is compliant with the new regime. The main changes include: 1…. Read more »

Employment Update

Covid-19 impacted businesses across the country. This resulted in widespread pay reductions and then a wave of redundancies, although, thankfully, not as large as predicted. We are starting to see the first cases on the decisions that employers made to reduce pay and implement redundancies.  As the Court noted in Gate Gourmet, the limited number… Read more »