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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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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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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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Seasoned Restructuring and Insolvency Expert, Bill Gambrill, Joins Martelli McKegg Litigation Team as Special Counsel At Critical Time

Seasoned Restructuring and Insolvency Expert, Bill Gambrill, Joins Martelli McKegg Litigation Team as Special Counsel At Critical Time

The Martelli McKegg team are pleased to announce that Bill Gambrill joined the litigation team in early 2020. Bill brings a wealth of experience in insolvency, banking and financing advice and litigation, having practised in one of New Zealand's largest law firms, before heading to Dubai in 2005. In Dubai, Bill's commercial litigation practice included insolvency, conflict of laws, financial services, real estate disputes, construction and employment. Bill is working closely with Jacque Lethbridge focusing on restructuring and insolvency, and general commercial litigation and advice, which will be critical areas of legal practice over the coming months.

By Jacque Lethbridge - 26 Mar 2020

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Covid-19 - Employment FAQ

Covid-19 - Employment FAQ

With the nation now in lock-down phase as a result of the Covid-19 crisis, many employers are considering how they can look after their businesses as well as their employees. For some, government subsidies will allow a degree of continuity in staffing whilst others will need to make changes that will adversely affect their employees. We touch upon some key topics below.

By Claire Mansell - 25 Mar 2020

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COVID-19 - What are employers' obligations?

COVID-19 - What are employers' obligations?

As COVID-19 continues to sweep across the globe, many employers are contemplating the potential effects on their businesses, not just from a down-turn in trade but the very real possibility that they may end up with multiple staff absences over an extended length of time. Below we answer some of the common questions our employer clients are asking.

By Claire Mansell - 16 Mar 2020

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