Written by David Alizade, PARTNER; Darryl King, PARTNER; Kelly Seabourne, PARTNER on November 3rd, 2021.
Recently we provided guidance in relation to the COVID-19 Response (Management Measures) Legislation Bill (Bill) which was introduced to Parliament on 28 September 2021.
As a reminder, the Bill seeks to amend a range of different Acts, including the Property Law Act 2007 (PLA). The stated aims of the proposed amendments included in the Bill are to support commercial tenants and landlords to come to agreements to adjust the rent (including outgoings) due under their leases, so that the parties share the financial burden of the COVID-19 response and to provide a way to resolve disputes if no agreement can be reached. The way that this is to be achieved is by the insertion of an additional contractual term, similar to clause 27.5 of the ADLS lease, into leases that do not contain that clause. A copy of our previous guidance on the Bill from September 2021 can be found on our website.
Written by David Alizade PARTNER; Darryl King PARTNER; Kelly Seabourne PARTNER; Stephanie Aquilina-Little SENIOR ASSOCIATE on October 1st, 2021.
The COVID-19 Response (Management Measures) Legislation Bill (Bill) was introduced to Parliament on 28 September 2021. In this guide we are focusing on the changes to the Property Law Act 2007 (PLA) included in this Bill which impact on the payment of rent during the COVID-19 pandemic. The stated aims of the proposed amendments to the PLA included in the Bill are to:
support commercial tenants and landlords to come to agreements to adjust the rent (including outgoings) due under their leases, so that the parties share the financial burden of the COVID-19 response; and
provide a way to resolve disputes if no agreement can be reached.
Written by Glenn Finnigan PARTNER on September 28th, 2021.
Now that New Zealand has accelerated its rollout of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, employers are turning their minds to whether they can ask their employees about their vaccination status and potentially, whether they can mandate for compulsory vaccinations within their workforce. This article examines some of these complex issues.
Written by David Alizade PARTNER; Darryl King PARTNER; Kelly Seabourne PARTNER; Stephanie Aquilina-Little, SENIOR LAWYER on August 30th, 2021.
A tenant’s ability to renew its lease for a further term is an important aspect of the bargain a landlord and tenant strike for the lease of a commercial property. However things can go awry when the parties don’t renew their lease at renewal time. The Property Law Act 2007 (PLA) gives a tenant the ability to go to Court for an order renewing its lease if its landlord refuses to renew it. This can be a saviour for a tenant but it means that a landlord needs to tread carefully if it wants to end a lease that has not been renewed.
Written by David Alizade PARTNER on August 30th, 2021.
The Privacy Act 2020 (Act) is now more than six months old. Under the Act, organisations must report serious privacy breaches to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) – predictably, this has resulted in a large increase in the number of privacy breaches being reported. This update runs through the types of breaches that have been reported so far, and new guidance issued by the OPC in relation to breach reporting.
Written by Glenn Finnigan, PARTNER on August 2nd, 2021.
As from 24 July 2021 employees’ minimum entitlement to sick leave under the Holidays Act 2003 increases from 5 to 10 days per annum. Employees are entitled to the extra five days at their next entitlement date.
Written by Glenn Finnigan, PARTNER on May 7th, 2021.
New Zealand employers still continue to face challenging issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the focus for employers in 2020 was coping with lockdowns and changing Alert levels, the vaccination rollout in New Zealand has created a new set of nuanced issues for employers to grapple with.
Written by David Alizade PARTNER; Darryl King PARTNER on April 7th, 2021.
Following the end of the two-year transition period on 8 April 2021, it is now a criminal offence to intentionally engage in conduct in breach of the cartel laws in the Commerce Act 1986. The consequences for breach are severe - jail time and/or large fines.