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Health and Safety at Work Act: Visual Summary

Written by Glenn Finnigan, PARTNER; Darryl King, PARTNER; Claire Godber, SENIOR ASSOCIATE on April 12th, 2016.    

All workplaces in New Zealand need to comply with the new Health and Safety at Work Act.  Existing health and safety systems will need updating across low risk and high risk industries, ranging from small businesses to large corporates.  Directors and senior managers have non-delegable duties and personal liability. 

 

Cartel Amendments to Commerce Act: Impact on Supply & Distribution Agreements

Written by Darryl King, PARTNER on March 21st, 2016.    

The Commerce (Cartels and Other Matters) Amendment Bill is currently in its final stages in Parliament.  This Bill will have an impact on supply, distribution, agency and similar arrangements where there is a competitive relationship between the parties – or would be but for the arrangement. 
 

Health and Safety at Work Act: Landlords

Written by Glenn Finnigan, PARTNER; Darryl King, PARTNER on March 16th, 2016.    

The new Health and Safety at Work Act comes into force in April 2016. This legislation will add a number of new features to the health and safety landscape, which landlords will need to consider.
 
Under the current Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, commercial landlords owe health and safety duties where they own a building which is used as a workplace.  These duties apply whether the building is used for their own business or leased to another employer. 
 

Commerce Commission Review of Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts - Telecommunications Sector

Written by Darryl King, PARTNER; Claire Godber, SENIOR ASSOCIATE on March 14th, 2016.    

Last month the Commerce Commission released a report on unfair contract terms in the telecommunications sector. The full report contains the first Commerce Commission industry review of unfair contract term (UCT) provisions. The UCT provisions were introduced in March 2015 as an amendment to the Fair Trading Act and have a wide reach as they apply to every standard form contract between a business and a New Zealand consumer.
 

Cartel Amendments to Commerce Act: Overview for Franchisors

Written by Darryl King, PARTNER; on January 25th, 2016.    

​The Commerce (Cartels and Other Matters) Amendment Bill is currently in its final stages in Parliament.  This Bill will impact most franchise businesses – including franchisees - as most franchise agreements will contain clauses that are considered to be ‘cartel’ provisions under the Bill. This article provides a brief overview for franchisors on the Bill, its potential impact on their franchise businesses and what franchisors need to do to prepare for the passing of the Bill.
 
 

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