Businesses at risk offered safe harbour
The Government rushed a bill through last month to help companies at risk of trading insolvently because of Covid-19. Previously directors were liable if they traded recklessly. Bell Gully partner Tim Fitzgerald and senior associate Sarah Leslie explain the changes to Mark Jennings.
Covid-19 powers approved under urgency
Govt gets legal framework to enforce Level 2 plans, despite complaints of a rushed process and limited scrutiny.
A human rights approach to lifting lockdown
In deciding whether or not to end the lockdown, the Government must balance the right to life, the right to liberty and the right not to be discriminated against, Kris Gledhill writes.
Although there to protect us, many recent Government’s measures have widened the net of criminal justice. When we move into a post-Covid world, we should be critical of lingering policies that may remain, writes Angus Lindsay.
Coronavirus: Is it a Force Majeure?
The impact of Covid -19 is being felt by all businesses, everywhere. Newsroom asks contract law expert David Friar if force majeure clauses will excuse firms from their contractual obligations.
Firms still cannot price fix
Firms still need to be careful about ‘crisis cartels’ even though the Government has reassured co-operating businesses they won’t feel the heavy hand of the Commerce Commission, competition law specialist Glenn Shewan tells Mark Jennings.
Preparing for the longer-term Covid-19 impact
The Government has so far committed $8.7b dollars to helping employers get through the Covid-19 crisis. But much more money will be required and employers and employees will need to be flexible, employment law specialist, Liz Coats tells Mark Jennings.
Oranga Tamariki running for cover
Vivienne Martini, who worked for OT and its predecessor CYFS for 15 years, says the case of the boy badly injured at his home in Flaxmere raises deep issues about the practices at the children’s ministry.
Charges filed in case of far-right soldier
A soldier with ties to the far-right who was arrested in December at Linton Military Camp has been charged with an “unauthorised disclosure of information”.
A strange tale of floods and a kitchen blender
A flood and a botched insurance job has left a Howick couple out of their home for almost two years. But it’s a story with some strange twists.