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Business / Commercial

Our Covid Response

Created: Tuesday, 07 December 2021 10:41

As we move to the Covid Protection Framework, the wellbeing of our people and everyone visiting our offices remains our main priority.

To help us minimise the risk of Covid-19 being transmitted at work, we’re introducing a policy which requires anyone working in or visiting our offices to be fully vaccinated against Covid 19. This policy came into effect on Monday, 6 December 2021.

If you’re visiting our offices, or attending an event that we’re hosting, you will be asked to scan your My Vaccine Pass on your arrival. If you prefer, there is always the option to meet virtually.

Thank you for your support as we implement this policy. We will continue to review this policy to ensure it stays relevant as New Zealand’s Covid-19 situation evolves.

COVID-19 Recovery Fast-Track Act Takes Effect

Created: Thursday, 16 July 2020 11:46

The COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Act 2020 (Act) came into effect on 9 July. It is intended to accelerate the beginning of work on a range of projects and support certainty of ongoing employment and investment across New Zealand.

Download here for a copy of the Act

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Relief for Directors and Companies affected by Covid-19 Crisis

Created: Wednesday, 06 May 2020 11:46

As a result of liquidity and cash-flow problems caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, directors of companies may be facing difficult decisions of whether to continue to trade their companies or place them into voluntary administration or liquidation. Central to these decisions are the obligations imposed by the Companies Act 1993, which confers certain obligations upon directors of companies in New Zealand.

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Joint Ventures in Franchising - Proceed with Caution

Created: Tuesday, 12 September 2017 11:16

It is becoming increasingly common to see franchisors using a joint venture model for their franchises. Specsavers is a well known example. A joint venture (JV) structure can have distinct benefits for the franchisor but it also comes with its own challenges.

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Casenote: Green Road Cattle Company Limited v Southead Holdings Limited

Created: Thursday, 20 July 2017 09:34

Even when the documentation entered into between parties appears clear and able to be interpreted precisely, when the parties end up in a dispute, it is always quite fascinating to see how the actions or words of one or the other of them can be interpreted differently depending on which side of the dispute you are sitting.

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A Franchisor's Responsibility For Franchisee's Compliance With Employment Laws

Created: Friday, 19 May 2017 15:13

Several well known franchise systems have recently made headlines in Australia in relation to Franchisees who have committed breaches of employment laws by underpaying staff and wage fraud. This has resulted in the Turnbull government introducing the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 ("Aussie Bill"). This Bill provides that Franchisors will be held liable for workplace violations by their Franchisees if they have significant influence or control over the Franchisee; if they knew or should have known of the underpayments; and if they failed to take reasonable steps to prevent the violations. For many commentators, while there is a recognition that some things need to change, this is seen as a step too far and some have even gone as far as to say that this would be the end of franchising in Australia as they know it.

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