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Immigration measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Practice Area: Immigration Law

This note considers the changes implemented by the New Zealand government to Immigration rules and legislation in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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Execution of Wills under COVID-19 Alert Levels

Practice Area: Succession Law

On 16th April 2020, the Government passed the Epidemic Preparedness (Wills Act 2007—Signing and Witnessing of Wills) Immediate Modification Order 2020 (“the Order”) to facilitate the execution of wills and codicils via audio-visual witnessing, for the duration that the Epidemic Preparedness (COVID-19) Notice 2020 remains in force.

This note summarises the effect of the Order and offers practical guidance on how to facilitate remote execution and witnessing of wills and codicils.

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COVID-19 Guidance Note – Preparing your business for moving between Alert Levels

Practice Area: Business Law

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Verification of Identity and Administration of Oaths and Declarations During COVID-19 Alert Levels

Practice Area: Administrative Law

The challenges of the COVID-19 Level 4 lockdown, and potential for the continuation of strict social distancing measures even once New Zealand returns to Level 3, has made much of the day-to-day practice of law challenging.

In particular, it has rendered many of the requirements for identity verification, document execution and the taking of oaths and declarations very difficult to comply with. This Guidance Note is designed to review the challenges associated with the verification of identity and execution of different types of document and provide guidance on best practice for overcoming them.

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Guidance for the Construction industry at alert level 2 and above

Practice Area: Property

This note considers the guidance issued by Construction Health and Safety New Zealand for Construction Operators, as New Zealand moves to alert levels 2 and 3.

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Q&A – Tenants’ rights in the COVID-19 context

Practice Area: Social Justice

This note has been written by Prakriti Bhatt, Wellington Community Justice Project. It covers general information about the temporary law changes affecting tenancies during the COVID-19 circumstances; information on moving tenancies at this time; the temporary freeze on rent increases; as well as information on terminating tenancies while COVID-19 lockdown measures are in place.

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Family law considerations in the COVID-19 context

Practice Area: Family Law

This guidance note is written by the LexisNexis team and covers children in shared care during the COVID-19 alert levels; changes to Family Court proceedings and Family Dispute Resolution; and family violence proceedings.

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Q&A – Employee's Rights in the COVID-19 context

Practice Area: Social Justice

This note has been written by Sarah Burton, Wellington Community Justice Project. It covers the types of employment, income rights, leave rights, and workplace health and safety rights in the COVID-19 context.

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Q&A – Police powers in the COVID-19 context

Practice Area: Social Justice

This Q&A has been written by Ashley Chrystall, Wellington Community Justice Project, and covers information relating to making reports during the COVID-19 lockdown, police powers to enter your home and to stop you while you are outside or on the road, as well as powers of arrest.

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COVID-19 Guidance Note – Voidable Transactions and Reckless Trading

Practice Area: Insolvency

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COVID-19 Guidance Note – Business Interruption and Income Protection Insurance

Practice Area: Insurance

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COVID-19 Guidance Note – Communications in a Crisis

Practice Area: Practice Management

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COVID-19 Guidance Note – Bring Your Own Device Arrangements for Workers

Practice Area: Employment

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Employment law considerations in the COVID-19 context

Practice Area: Employment

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COVID-19 Property Law Considerations

Practice Area: Property

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COVID 19 – Contracts: Doctrine of Frustration and Force Majeure

Practice Area: Business Law

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Cybersecurity strategy — Checklist for remote working

Practice Area: Cybersecurity

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