23 JUNE 2020

One problem with the compassionate leave ban: it’s quite possibly not legal

ANDREW GEDDIS | PROFESSOR OF LAW – UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO | AUTHOR OF ELECTORAL LAW IN NEW ZEALAND: PRACTICE AND POLICY, 2E
PUBLISHED WITH PERMISSION, ORIGINALLY APPEARS AT THE SPINOFF

While the announcement that nobody in managed isolation will be allowed out early on compassionate grounds might sound reassuring, its legal basis appears extremely shaky, writes law professor Andrew Geddis.

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23 JUNE 2020

Access to justice in the employment jurisdiction: A perspective from Community Law

Stephen Parry, Senior Lawyer, Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley

Observing an employment law clinic at one of the country’s community law centres, one would be hard-pressed not to reflect on the inherent imbalances of power present in the employment relationship.

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29 MAY 2020

Suspension of construction contracts in the time of COVID-19 — [2020] NZLJ 144

Kelly Quinn | Bankside Chambers, Auckland

Originally published in the May issue of the New Zealand Law Journal

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29 MAY 2020

Technology – friend or foe? — [2020] NZLJ 128

Christine Gordon and Shukti M Sharma | MinterEllisonRuddWatts, Auckland

Originally published in the May issue of the New Zealand Law Journal

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29 MAY 2020

NZLJ Editorial: Law in the time of COVID-19 — [2020] NZLJ 81

Editorial from the April edition of the New Zealand Law Journal — [2020] NZLJ 81

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27 MAY 2020

Coronavirus: Staff can't demand to work from home in post-Covid world

By Susan Hornsby-Geluk, General Editor, Employment Law Bulletin

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19 MAY 2020

Contact tracing in the privacy age. What’s the future of digital contact tracing in NZ?

“Contact tracing” is one of the phrases Covid-19 has introduced into our everyday vernacular and even our legislation. Most New Zealand businesses, including retail stores, malls, cafes, cinemas and gyms, are now able to operate if they comply with public health guidelines, including the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Alert Level 2) Order 2020.

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08 MAY 2020

Yes, the courts should scrutinise the lockdown. But Bridges’ committee should back off.

ANDREW GEDDIS | PROFESSOR OF LAW – UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO | AUTHOR OF ELECTORAL LAW IN NEW ZEALAND: PRACTICE AND POLICY, 2E

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28 APRIL 2020

The legal basis for the lockdown may not be as solid as we’ve been led to believe

ANDREW GEDDIS | PROFESSOR OF LAW – UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO | AUTHOR OF ELECTORAL LAW IN NEW ZEALAND: PRACTICE AND POLICY, 2E

CLAUDIA GEIRINGER | CHAIR IN THE FACULTY OF LAW – VICTORIA UNIVERSITY WELLINGTON

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28 APRIL 2020

COVID-19 FAQs for Employers from Dundas Street Employment Lawyers

Published with permission from Susan Hornsby-Geluk, Partner and General Editor of the Employment Law Bulletin

Updated – 7-April Updated – 25-March Published – March 2020


23 APRIL 2020

COVID-19 Privacy in a Pandemic

Tania Goatley, Laura Littlewood and Kristin Wilson of Bell Gully and reproduced with permission

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21 APRIL 2020

Latest updates to the COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme - what employers need to know

Liz Coats and Tim Clarke of Bell Gully and reproduced with permission

Further significant clarifications and updates were announced on 27 and 28 March 2020, which are relevant to any New Zealand employer that has not yet (as at 4pm on 27 March 2020) applied for wage subsidy relief under the Scheme.

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21 APRIL 2020

COVID-19 Practical Tips for Employers

Liz Coats and Tim Clarke of Bell Gully and reproduced with permission

Outbreaks of infectious disease are not entirely uncommon (we have of course seen outbreaks of measles and swine flu in recent years), but the employment and health and safety issues regarding coronavirus are not straight-forward. There is no “one size fits all" approach that will work for every workplace.

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14 APRIL 2020

Opinion: Administration of Oaths and Declarations in Circumstances of Mandatory Self-Isolation

Paul Collins | Contributing Author, Professional Responsibility in New Zealand

The New Zealand Law Society | Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa asked Auckland barrister Paul Collins to give his opinion on the administration of oaths and declarations in circumstances of mandatory self-isolation. This is reproduced below. The Law Society has informed the Ministry of Justice of this approach and has also referred it to the Rules Committee for its information.

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01 APRIL 2020

Employers unilaterally cutting pay during coronavirus lockdown are acting illegally

Susan Hornsby-Geluk | General Editor, Employment Law Bulletin

OPINION: Over the past week I have seen some bizarre employment practices – practices that would be plainly unlawful in peacetime. By Susan Hornsby-Geluk, General Editor of Employment Law Bulletin

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27 MARCH 2020

The government is giving new orders. What is the legal basis for them?

Andrew Geddis | Author of Electoral Law in New Zealand: Practice and Policy, 2e

Sweeping new restrictions on travel and assembly are being rolled out, with more likely. Andrew Geddis details the laws which allow the government to impose them.

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27 MARCH 2020

How politics, police and power work in lockdown New Zealand

Andrew Geddis | Author of Electoral Law in New Zealand: Practice and Policy, 2e

And who watches over the use of that power? Law professor Andrew Geddis on the way authority operates at Covid-19 alert level four.

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23 MARCH 2020

Coronavirus and the Rule of Law: A Warning From History

Ian McDougall | EVP & General Counsel | LexisNexis L&P

From time to time, every nation has an emergency of one kind or another to face. It tests all aspects of that nation -- the people, the facilities, the finances -- and very occasionally it also tests a commitment to the Rule of Law.

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