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Financial Markets Conduct Act

Phase 1 of the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 will come into force on 1 April 2014. Commerce Minister Craig Foss announced on 27 February 2014 that Cabinet has approved regulations for Phase 1 of the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 as part of the Government’s financial market overhaul. This includes the approval of regulations [...]

2014-03-17T11:27:56+00:00 March 17th, 2014|Publications|

Workplace Health and Safety Reform

In August this year the government released a blueprint proposing significant changes to New Zealand’s workplace health and safety system.  The changes are based on the Australian Model Work Health and Safety Act and aim to provide clear and consistent information for employers on how to keep workers safe. The key proposed changes are as [...]

2017-02-09T01:59:37+00:00 November 20th, 2013|Publications|

The Employment Relations Act 2000

The Employment Relations Act 2000 recognises that the employment relationship involves more than a contractual exchange between the employee and the employer. The Act is based on the concept of ‘good faith’, which applies to all aspects of the employment relationship.  The Employment Relations Act 2000 (the ERA) was one of the cornerstones of the [...]

2017-02-09T01:59:37+00:00 June 26th, 2012|Publications|

Dispute Resolution

Overview  The guiding principles for an employer in carrying out a disciplinary process for poor performance or misconduct by an employee are fairness and good faith. There is no precise definition of these concepts. Often it is necessary for an employer to use good judgment and common sense in establishing a fair process to deal [...]

2017-02-09T01:59:38+00:00 June 26th, 2012|Publications|

Disciplinary and Dismissal Guidelines

Overview The guiding principles for an employer in carrying out a disciplinary process for poor performance or misconduct by an employee are fairness and good faith. There is no precise definition of these concepts. Often it is necessary for an employer to use good judgment and common sense in establishing a fair process to deal [...]

2017-02-09T01:59:38+00:00 June 26th, 2012|Publications|

Consumer Protection and GM Labelling – A Legal Industry Perspective

(a) Some differing views on the New Zealand (and Australian) legal regimes “Australia and NZ have one of the most comprehensive labelling regimes for GM in the world”: FSANZ, Review of Labelling of Genetically Modified Food, May 2004. “On the face of it, the Commerce Commission’s stance is supportive of consumers ... However, in reality [...]

2017-02-09T01:59:38+00:00 June 25th, 2012|Publications|

The Consumer Guarantees Act 1993

The Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 places obligations on retailers, manufacturers and service providers. In many cases the obligations also fall on importers and distributors The Consumer Guarantees Act (CGA) sits alongside the Fair Trading Act and the Commerce Act. It displaced the elderly Sale of Goods Act for consumer transactions and sets out a number [...]

2017-02-09T01:59:38+00:00 June 25th, 2012|Publications|