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of areas of law, written by our legal experts.
Thursday February 8, 2018
The Employment Relations Amendment Bill was introduced to Parliament last week. It contains provisions rolling back the last government’s changes to individual terms of employment and to collective bargaining and union rights.
Friday February 2, 2018
On 15 January 2018 Immigration New Zealand increased the salary bands for Essential Skills work visa and Skilled Migrant residency visa applications.
The increases are slight, and come about because the remuneration thresholds are indexed against the New Zealand median income. In September 2017, Statistics New Zealand announced that the average earnings from salaries and wages was $50,000. Previous INZ salary bands had the minimum salary at $48,859, hence the need for an increase.
Friday September 29, 2017
As promised, Immigration New Zealand have introduced a number of new rules under the Essential Skills Work Visa category. These rules came into effect from 28 August 2017.
The most striking change is the introduction of salary bands. The bands are set depending the skill level of the job as assessed by the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO). The salary band will determine what kind of Essential Skill Visa will be issued. A role with an ANZSCO skill level of 1, being paid $19.97 per hour or less, will only receive a 1 year visa without the eligibility to support a family visa application or apply for residency. These workers will now need to earn a minimum of $23.49 per hour before they will be eligible to apply for residency.
Wednesday August 30, 2017
With the closure of Baywave TECT Acquatic & Leisure Centre this week for urgent seismic remedial work, Hamish Murray's article on strong rules for weak buildings will interest those involved with commercial buildings.
There's also a number of law changes we would like clients to be aware of, including increased reporting requirements around any money that passes through our trust account. Partner, Brooke Courtney tells us about what to consider before letting your "other half" move in and also advises on changes coming to Trust Law.
Thursday August 10, 2017
The Contract and Commercial Law Act 2017 (“CCL Act”) is set to make some practical changes to a wide range of commercial contracts and will come into force on 1 September 2017.
The purpose of the CCL Act is to modernise and consolidate 11 commercial contract statutes into a single piece of legislation under the CCL Act.
Wednesday June 14, 2017
The latest raft of changes in the Government’s reset of the permanent visa categories were announced in April 2017. These changes bring an income threshold for applications under the Skilled Migrant Category for residence. Jobs that are considered skilled must meet the New Zealand median income of $48,859 a year. The other threshold is set at 1.5 times the New Zealand median income of $73,299 for jobs that are not considered to be skilled but are well paid. These new rules will take effect from mid-August 2017.
Monday April 10, 2017
In 2015 an array of amendments was made to the Construction Contracts Act 2002 (CCA), to be implemented in three stages, namely on 1 December 2015, 1 September 2016, and 31 March 2017.
Tuesday April 4, 2017
From 1 April 2017, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) will enforce stand down periods for employing migrants for any employer who incurs employment standards-related penalties.
This new regime is designed to protect migrant workers from exploitation. This group of employees are more vulnerable than domestic workers who enjoy protection from the existing regulations and penalties.
Friday March 24, 2017
How do you address the gender pay gap? This is the question the Joint Working Group on Pay Equity Principles (the JWG) had to answer when it was established by the government in 2015. This group consists of government, employer and union representatives and was tasked with recommending equal pay principles for government consideration.
Friday January 27, 2017
Amended regulations for Enduring Powers of Attorney will come into force on 16 March.
The regulations will include new plain language Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) forms and a plain language explanation of the effects and implications of entering into an EPA.