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New sentencing approach under Health and Safety at Work Act 2015

The recent decision in Worksafe New Zealand v Rangiora Carpets Ltd provides further guidance on sentencing under Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. Rangiora Carpets Limited was prosecuted for health and safety breaches after a worker slipped off the side of a mezzanine and fell through the false ceiling, constructed primarily of plasterboard, to [...]

2017-11-06T09:53:10+00:00 November 6th, 2017|News|

Announcing a new appointment: Deanna Clark – Special Counsel

Shieff Angland is very pleased to announce the appointment of Deanna Clark as Special Counsel Deanna is widely experienced in property and commercial law.  As part of her experience, she spent nine years working in London in the Real Estate teams of multinational law firms doing complex, high quality development work.  Deanna’s experience also includes commercial [...]

2017-10-26T11:44:31+00:00 October 26th, 2017|News|

First Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 sentencing demonstrates the new legislation’s teeth

Businesses across New Zealand have been awaiting – not without some trepidation – the first sentencing under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. And the result is a significant fine, demonstrating that the Act does indeed have teeth. Budget Plastics Ltd was prosecuted for health and safety breaches after a worker’s [...]

2017-09-12T09:11:49+00:00 September 12th, 2017|News|

MBIE increasing focus on holiday pay records and Pay Equity – What’s next?

MBIE – increasing focus on holiday pay – do your systems meet the standards? Increasingly, we are seeing the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Labour Inspectorate undertaking random audits of businesses to check their holidays and leave records. There are regular articles in the news about this practice. We have also had [...]

2017-06-22T13:04:28+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|News|

“He said, she said” – Assessing employee credibility

Guidance for employers from the Court of Appeal when faced with two conflicting stories One of the most difficult positions an employer carrying out a disciplinary process can find themselves in is having to decide which employee is most likely telling the truth when their statements of facts do not agree, and there [...]

2017-04-10T09:02:44+00:00 April 10th, 2017|News|

Employment Law Update March 2017 – Update your employment agreements

Employers have until 1 April 2017 to update their employment agreements. In 2016 changes were made to the Employment Relations Act 2000 regarding zero-hour contracts (called availability provisions), shift cancellations, secondary employment clauses and wage deduction clauses. The transition period for employers to comply with these new employment standards is almost at an [...]

2017-03-28T08:41:54+00:00 March 28th, 2017|News|

Announcing a new appointment: Emma Liu

As we bid farewell to Raymond Huo (a new Member of Parliament), we welcome Emma Liu – our Asian Practice Development Manager. Since her early post-university training in the city of Shanghai, Emma has traversed successful careers in financial services, marketing and property portfolio investment. Her stock market analysis was so popular that she [...]

2017-03-21T23:54:30+00:00 March 21st, 2017|News|

Introducing a new Senior Associate

Shieff Angland are pleased to announce the appointment of Shan Langston as Senior Associate. Shan is a member of the firm’s litigation team specialising in commercial litigation. Her experience includes assisting clients in disputes relating to tortious and contractual claims, competition law, media law and intellectual property. Shan has appeared as counsel in the District [...]

2017-02-19T22:31:21+00:00 February 19th, 2017|News|

Intellectual Property Scams

We have received an increasing amount of letters addressed to our clients that include unsolicited requests for payments to third party scam organisations. These letters target recent trade mark applicants, posing as official “trade mark database” or “government” organisation and request payments for invented fees such as for publishing or registration. Invariably, these letters are [...]

2017-02-09T01:59:37+00:00 May 4th, 2016|News|

Health and Safety Reform – Health and Safety at Work Act 2015

Health and Safety Update The Health and Safety Reform Bill has been passed by Parliament and will come into effect on 4 April 2016. The new Act, called the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, provides for a significant overhaul of New Zealand’s health and safety legislation. As discussed in our previous health and [...]

2017-02-09T01:59:37+00:00 March 6th, 2016|News|