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Gender Identification in the Legal System

Gender Identification in the Legal System

As society becomes more inclusive and recognises our transgender, non-binary, takatāpui and inter-sex couples, our laws must evolve to do the same.

By Dharsh Nanayakkara - 17 Sep 2021

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Vaccination roll-out for children: hurdles under the Care of Children Act

Vaccination roll-out for children: hurdles under the Care of Children Act

With today's announcement that the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine has been approved for children aged 12 to 15 years, many parents will now be considering whether to vaccinate their children. But what happens when two parents (who are legal guardians of their children) can't agree on this critical issue?

By Telise Kelly - 19 Aug 2021

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Payment of Wages during Lockdown

Payment of Wages during Lockdown

As we start our first day of lockdown, many employers will be wondering whether or not they need to pay employees who cannot work during lockdown. Last lockdown there was no clear authority on this point, however the Employment Court decision, Gate Gourmet New Zealand Limited v Sandhu clarifies the situation somewhat.

By Claire Mansell - 17 Aug 2021

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Your options when it comes to enforcing Child Support payments

You thought it was sorted. You had visited Inland Revenue's website and completed a 'formula assessment'. Money was being paid for the children and now - suddenly - those payments have stopped.

By Terri Gough - 15 Aug 2021

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Jacque Lethbridge named as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers for 2021

Jacque Lethbridge named as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers for 2021

Martelli McKegg congratulates our Partner and Head of Litigation, Jacque Lethbridge, for being announced as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers for 2021 by NZ Lawyer in the Changemaker category.

By Melissa Higham - 23 Jun 2021

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Welcome to Eesha Karamchandani

Welcome to Eesha Karamchandani

We extend a very warm welcome to our newest member of staff, Eesha Karamchandani. Eesha specialises in property, corporate and commercial financing law.

By Steven Lee - 2 Jun 2021

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Employment law update

Employment law update

There are several changes on the horizon that will change employment relationships in New Zealand. The Government has accepted 22 recommendations made by the Holidays Act Taskforce which will be rolled out over the coming months. Other Labour Party campaign policies such as Fair Pay Agreements, pay equity and Living Wage guarantees are in various stages of implementation. Martelli McKegg offers a snapshot of the changes below.

By Aimee Elia - 31 Mar 2021

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Expiry of the 'Safe Harbour' provisions for Company Directors

Expiry of the 'Safe Harbour' provisions for Company Directors

As readers might recall, in early April 2020, at the height (and as part of) the initial response to COVID-19, the Government announced a number of temporary changes to the Companies Act 1993. The changes sought to address the position of companies facing liquidity issues.

By Bill Gambrill - 16 Sep 2020

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'Ready, willing and able' under COVID-19 lockdown?

'Ready, willing and able' under COVID-19 lockdown?

Employers who were unable to access their premises during level 4 lockdown had to grapple with their obligations to employees who were unable to work from home. Many sought advice on this either directly from legal professionals or from the flurry of information that was flooding the online employment sphere at the time.

By Aimee Elia - 9 Jul 2020

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Staff redundancies - how to avoid some of the common pitfalls

Staff redundancies - how to avoid some of the common pitfalls

With economists predicting a significant economic recession, it may be tempting for business owners to start reducing staff numbers. This will be particularly so for those businesses who have been relying on the wage subsidy to pay their employees' wages. However, it is unlikely that simply relying on a potential looming recession will justify making employees redundant in the eyes of the law.

By Claire Mansell - 25 May 2020

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