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10 Important Facts to know about COVID-19 and the workplace

1. Employment Law has not changed due to COVID-192. There are specific conditions if an employer wants to change the terms and conditions of an employee’s work arrangements3. Different alert levels dictate when employees can go to the workplace4. Employees’ rights to have a safe workplace have not changed5. Work can only be required to be done by a COVID-19 vaccinated worker under specific conditions6. Employers cannot require annual leave to be taken by employees unless conditions are met7....

October 20, 2021

New postAll Waikato Courts to adopt Alert Level 3 protocols, beginning today

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October 5, 2021

FAQs Afghanistan Humanitarian Crisis

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October 1, 2021

Employment New Zealand - Latest COVID 19 information - Your rights

Important up-to-date information available from Employment New Zealand, during Alert Level 4 Employment New Zealand Key points to note are:Employment law still applies to all employment relationships, regardless of the circumstances that we find ourselves in.Early Resolution is a free service that helps resolve workplace issues early, quickly and informally.There are various COVID-19 financial support schemes available to businesses, depending on your situation. Employment New Zealand has u...

August 30, 2021

Extra Employment Protections for Security Officers - 1 July 2021

Changes to the Employment Relations Act, which provide security officers with additional employment protections, came into effect in on 1 July 2021. The changes give security guards the same employment protections already held by cleaning, catering and some laundry and caretaking workers under the Act when an employer’s business is restructured. This affect business that provide security services or have in-house security officers, if they decide to make changes in the way they contract or emp...

August 20, 2021

Paid Parental Leave Increases 1 July 2021

The rates for paid parental leave have increased from 1 July 2021. The maximum paid parental leave rate has increased by 2.5 per cent, from $606.46 to $621.76 per week. The minimum amount of payment for a self-employed person per week is $200 per week. For more information visit Parental leave...

August 20, 2021

Matariki Public Holiday for next 30 years

New Zealand will celebrate Matariki as a public holiday from Friday 24 June 2022. The calendar date for the Matariki public holiday will shift each year to align with the maramataka (Māori lunar calendar). Shop trading hours will not be impacted. Dates for the next 30 years have been announced. Businesses should start talking to their accountants or payroll providers to prepare for next year. Please visit: Matariki public holiday – a time for remembering, celebrating and looking forward...

August 20, 2021

Migrant Exploitation

New measures to better protect migrant workers from exploitation came into force on 1 July 2021. The changes are part of a wider Government initiative to combat all forms of exploitation. These include: 1. A new visa to support migrants to leave mistreatment and exploitative work situations quickly and remain lawfully in New Zealand. This visa will be valid for up to 6 months.  2. A new dedicated 0800 number (Reporting migrant exploitation – phone number) and web form (Reporting form – ...

August 20, 2021

Does the legal profession have any interest in the legal rights of accident victims?

07 July 2020 - By Don RennieLAWTALK 941 Since 1974 when the common law right of accident victims to sue to recover damages for personal injury was abolished, the legal profession has shown very little interest in ensuring that the statutory ACC scheme adequately replaces common law and former statutory rights of accident victims.Lack of professional interest probably arises from the fact that lawyers find it difficult to make a viable income from handling ACC cases. Not only is the legislation c...

August 17, 2020

Te Ara Ture - Pro-Bono Legal Help

A new service to match lawyers wanting to do pro bono work with people needing legal services was officially launched at Parliament earlier this week. Te Ara Ture, who will operate the new online tool, has been developed by Community Law Centres o Aotearoa. Officially launching the service, Minister of Justice Kris Faafoi said this was an important step to creating a justice system that was more effective and more equitable. When fully live, Te Ara Ture will allow lawyers to register t...

August 17, 2020

CLC's Funding Affected by COVID-19

The amount of money that helps fund Community Law Centres (CLCs) has dropped by $4 million in one year due to falling interest rates associated with the Covid-19 pandemic. Justice Minister Andrew Little has announced that an additional $3.5 million will be provided to the 24 Community Law Centres over three years. “Ensuring access to legal help for those who can’t afford it helps with early resolution of legal problems, meaning issues do not escalate unnecessarily and put further burden on t...

August 17, 2020

COVID19 - See our Facebook page for law updates

Due to COVID19 there have been many law changes.  For example to tenancy and employment law.  To stay up to date with these changes please 'follow' our Facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/Commu... PLEASE NOTE: Community Law Waikato services are still available by phone and our office is closed.  Legal Education and JP Services have been suspended. For legal help call 0800 529 482 or email reception@clwaikato.org.nz, Monday to Thursday 9-3 and Friday 9-1. Our phone...

March 24, 2020

Reform of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986

The reforms:*improve tenants’ security and stability while protecting landlords’ interests*ensure the law appropriately balances the rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords and helps renters feel at home*modernise the legislation so it can respond to the changing trends in the rental market.The reform of the Act ensures the law governing New Zealand's rental market strikes an appropriate balance between:*protecting a landlord’s interest in their property, and*ensuring tenants ...

February 19, 2020

What do you think about the criminal justice system?

Share your opinion on the criminal justice system.Click on the link below to share your thoughts.https://yoursay.safeandeffectivejustice.govt.nz/safe-and-effective-justice...

November 21, 2019

Chief District Court Judge Appointment

His Honour Judge Heemi Taumaunu’s appointment as Chief District Court Judge comes at a critical time for New Zealand’s justice system, according to Community Law Centres o Aotearoa(CLCA). “We welcome this appointment at a time when improved access to justice is desperately needed,” says CLCA CEO, Sue Moroney. “His Honour Judge Taumaunu brings his Maori heritage and diverse experience to the role and we look forward to the improvements that can bring for access to justice.” Community...

September 27, 2019

30 Minute Will discussion with Tompkins Wake

Tompkins Wake is offering a free no-obligation 30-minute Will discussion during the month of September. To arrange this, contact Scott Ratuki via scott.ratuki@tompkinswake.co.nz or 07 838 6002. Or try out Tompkins Wake’s new ‘Create your free Will’ web tool. Just go to tompkinswake.co.nz/create-your-free-will any time and start entering your details and it will generate a printable legal Will. Get this signed and witnessed, and you can then lodge it with the lawyer of your choice, there is...

September 4, 2019

Protection Against Loan Sharks

“We know that many consumers are trapped in a cycle of debt, causing extreme hardship – and often, intergenerational poverty – for them and their families. This is an unacceptable situation and the Government is taking action to address it,” said the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Kris Faafoi. “The Credit Contracts Legislation Amendment Bill currently going through Parliament contains new measures that will ensure people taking out high-cost loans never have to pay back more...

September 4, 2019

Protection for Tenants

New law changes protects tenants living in converted garages, sleep-outs, warehouses and industrial buildings.  This means the Landlord must make sure these buildings can legally be lived in and follow with the law regarding insulation and heating.Other law changes include if tenants damage a rental property as a result of careless behaviour, they will be liable for the cost of the damage up to a maximum of four weeks’ rent or the landlord’s insurance excess, whichever is lower.If you a...

August 27, 2019

Privacy Law Changes

Get ready for upcoming privacy law changes. The Privacy Bill is making its way through Parliament and will most likely become law before the end of 2019. Changes to the Privacy Act are coming. Follow the link below to know more about what to do if you collect, store or use personal information about your employees and/or customers.https://www.business.govt.nz/news/get-ready-for-upcoming-privacy-law-changes/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=August2019&utm_content=https%3A%...

August 23, 2019

Debt Collection

If your bills or loans are not paid on time, the business you borrowed money from or bought goods or services from might ask a debt collector to collect the money from you.https://comcom.govt.nz/consumers/dealing-with-typical-situations/debt-collection Where can I find help? Get free budgeting advice from community agencies such as Money Talks or your local budgeting adviser.If you need legal advice, contact Community Law Waikato on 0800 529482 or reception@clwaikato.org.nz ...

July 3, 2019

NZ Law changes from 1 July 2019

- More protections from family violence- Changes to Oranga Tamariki Leglislation and - Establishment of a new Transitional Support Service- No more single-use plastic bags- All Kiwi rentals should be well insulated- 17-year-olds will be included in the youth justice systemThese law changes are among the many taking place from July 1 2019. To read more, click on the list below. https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/113799605/warmer-homes-no-plastic-bags-a-handy-guide-to-all-the-new-nz-law-changes...

July 1, 2019

Better Funding Needed for Community Law

Today’s Post-Budget announcement extending last year’s interim funding boost to Community Law services is the second step in honouring the Coalition Government Agreement to increase funding to Community Law. “The final step is yet to come,” says Community Law Centres o Aotearoa CEO, Sue Moroney.The additional $2.18m was put in place as an interim funding boost last year, while Community Law worked through a funding review with the Ministry of Justice to identify the proposals that would ...

June 27, 2019

Protect your privacy as a tenant

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June 26, 2019

Community Law Welcomes Beneficiary Rights Protection

Mothers on Sole Parent Support who sought legal advice from Community Law on their rights when they were investigated for relationship fraud have today been backed by the Privacy Commissioner, forcing MSD to change its policies.Open the document below to learn more....

May 16, 2019

Lawyers' Special Fund Pays Out $14 Million to Community Law Centres

Justice Minister Andrew Little has revealed that the Lawyers and Conveyancers Special Fund provided the 24 nation's Community Law Centres (CLCs) with $14.44 million between 1 November 2017 and 28 February 2019.Please click on the link below to read more.https://www.lawsociety.org.nz/news-and-communications/latest-news/news/lawyers-special-fund-pays-out-$14-million-to-community-law-centres...

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