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My workplace is reopening but I feel unsafe returning to work

My workplace is reopening but I feel unsafe returning to work

With the prospect of transitioning to level 2 on the horizon, many people will now be contemplating returning to work albeit under somewhat changed circumstances. Naturally, there will be some concerns around risk management of the COVID-19 virus when employees are engaging with members of the public and fellow employees.

By Aimee Elia - 11 May 2020

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Changes to the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme: Abnormal Lending on Normal Terms

Changes to the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme: Abnormal Lending on Normal Terms

On Friday, 1 May 2020, the Government announced changes to the operation of the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme (BFGS). As readers might recall, the BFGS was introduced as part of its initial economic approach to the COVID-19 response. The specific change announced was that it would no longer be a Government requirement that a bank which was making a loan of more than $50,000 under the scheme would have to take security against the debtor's default by way of a General Security Agreement (security over all of the assets of a debtor in the event of a loan default) - although a bank is still entitled to ask for security if it wishes to do so.

By Bill Gambrill - 6 May 2020

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Tim Orr joins the partnership

Tim Orr joins the partnership

We are delighted to announce that Tim Orr has joined the partnership.

By Melissa Higham - 4 May 2020

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Jacque Lethbridge elected Vice President of NZLS board

Jacque Lethbridge elected Vice President of NZLS board

Martelli McKegg would like to congratulate Jacque Lethbridge, Partner in Litigation for being elected to the Board of the New Zealand Law Society as the Vice-President for Auckland.

By Mike Worsnop - 23 Apr 2020

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Covid-19 - Resumption of building work at Alert Level 3

Covid-19 - Resumption of building work at Alert Level 3

Property owners and builders alike will have welcomed the Government announcement this week that the country will move to Alert Level 3 on 28 April, meaning that most on-site construction work can begin again from that date. The initial joy (and relief) of this news, however, will be quickly tempered by the realisation that it is not going to be business as usual for some time yet.

By Meika McHardy - 22 Apr 2020

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Covid-19 - Wills may now be made by video conference

Covid-19 - Wills may now be made by video conference

The law has long required that wills be signed by the will-maker in the presence of two witnesses. The Covid-19 lockdown and mandatory distancing rules has prevented some wills from being signed this way, especially where people live alone or with only one other adult.

By Andrew Steele - 21 Apr 2020

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Affidavits and declarations may now be signed via video conference

Affidavits and declarations may now be signed via video conference

The Covid-19 lockdown and mandatory distancing rules prevented affidavits and declarations from being signed 'in person' or before a solicitor.

By Andrew Steele and Jacque Lethbridge - 20 Apr 2020

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Alert Level 3 - Implications for Commercial Contracts and Leases

Alert Level 3 - Implications for Commercial Contracts and Leases

The Government has announced that most, but not all, businesses can start to open when we shift to Alert Level 3. The businesses that do open must take health measures to keep their workers safe and workers must work from home if they can.  Retail and hospitality businesses can only open for delivery and contactless pre-ordered pick up. Businesses cannot offer services which involve face to face contact or sustained close contact (e.g. hair-dressing).

By Andrew Skinner - 17 Apr 2020

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Significant changes to Company Law announced

Significant changes to Company Law announced

On Friday, 3 April 2020, the Government announced significant insolvency law changes in response to the likely economic impact of COVID-19 and the current lockdown (https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/further-measures-support-businesses ). The Government will amend the Companies Act 1993 to provide additional comfort to directors of companies during the next six months, and will also introduce "Covid-19 Business Debt Hibernation" as an option to help businesses survive the deterioration in the business environment (https://www.companiesoffice.govt.nz/about-us/what-we-do/insolvency-relief-for-businesses-impacted-by-covid-19/ ). Parliament will have to pass legislation to give effect to the proposed changes, although the proposed legislation has not been made public.

By Jacque Lethbridge and Bill Gambrill - 5 Apr 2020

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The effects of Lockdown on shared care arrangements for children

The effects of Lockdown on shared care arrangements for children

It has been five days since New Zealand went into lockdown in response to the Covid19 Pandemic, and separated parents sharing care of their children have faced the unprecedented and daunting issue of who the children will reside with during lockdown.

By Dharsh Nanayakkara - 30 Mar 2020

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