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COVID-19 Legal Updates

COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Act 2020

Wednesday 1 April, 2020

The COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Act 2020 (“the Act”) came into force on 26 March 2020. This is an omnibus Act that amends various legislation to put in place the necessary arrangements to implement COVID-19 Alert Level 4, or where arrangements are essential to respond effectively to the outbreak of COVID-19.

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COVID-19 and care arrangements

Wednesday 1 April, 2020

COVID-19 has descended upon us as an unprecedented event and at an unprecedented speed. There was little warning given to the New Zealand public about the Alert Level 4 lockdown. For separated families, there was little time to consider how the lockdown would affect their children and their care arrangements.

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COVID-19 Employment Considerations

Monday 30 March, 2020

As you will be aware, the government recently announced that New Zealand has entered level three of our COVID-19 alert system, and that level four will be put in place from 11:59pm on Wednesday, 25 March 2020. We are expected to remain at level four for at least four weeks.

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COVID-19 and Commercial Leases

Thursday 26 March, 2020

As of midnight on Wednesday, 25 March, an unprecedented number of New Zealand businesses will not be able to gain access to their business premises due to Government restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If their lease is on the current (sixth) edition of the Auckland District Law Society (ADLS) form of lease, it is likely to contain a “n...

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Collaboration within the Commerce Sector in response to COVID-19

Wednesday 25 March, 2020

The Government has requested the Commerce Commission to be flexible around essential business collaboration in the short term due to the exceptional circumstances created by COVID-19.
The Commerce Act 1986 prohibits anti-competitive agreements between competitors, however, as a result of COVID-19, essential business sectors may work together...

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Director's Duties - Reckless Trading

Wednesday 25 March, 2020

There is huge uncertainty in the current environment due to the impact of Covid19 and the unprecedented Level 4 ‘lockdown’ affecting businesses. Many companies will be facing cashflow difficulties and, unless they can source additional capital, directors will be in the difficult position of having to assess whether to continue to trade in circumsta...

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Frustration in the time of COVID-19

Monday 16 March, 2020

As country after country closes its borders or shuts down all non-essential businesses, the effects of coronavirus are really starting to be felt. Some businesses may find themselves unable to meet their contractual obligations, whether because of shortages of labour or materials, movement restrictions, or downturns in their business.

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Is Coronavirus impacting your business?

Tuesday 3 March, 2020

Three months have passed since the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) was first reported in Wuhan, China. Following the significant growth of confirmed cases outside China, most recently in Italy, South Korea and Iran, the World Health Organization (WHO) has advised that the world should do more to be prepared for a possible Coronavirus pandemi...

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