eConnect Newsletter – March 2021

March 1, 2021


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In this issue:

Can employers require employees to get the jab?

The door isn’t shut to an employer wanting to make the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for their workplace

There can be no doubt that all employers have a duty to provide conditions of employment that allow people to be, and stay, healthy. However, there is no cut and dried demarcation when it comes to the question of whether an employer can make the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for its employees.

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The new Privacy Act is in force

Are you compliant?

Fines for non-compliance with the Act can extend to $10,000 per incident and damages payable to the victim for serious breaches have been known to exceed $100,000.

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Can my employees vape at work?

The days of smoking inside a crowded bar, in airplanes or in the work lunchroom are long gone

While smokers were pushed outside in the 1990s for the safety of others, New Zealand has been undecided until recently on how to treat people who vape.

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Key steps for a unit title subdivision

Having your lawyer involved early can assist in a smooth and speedy process

Unit titles are becoming more popular and more complex as we see limited greenfield space available for housing, and limited funding for greenfields infrastructure, making infill an easier and more efficient land use option. This article looks at the basics of forming a unit title development from a fee simple section.

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Employment Law activity in 2021

2020 was a challenging year for employers with the COVID-19 alert level restrictions. In this article we will address some trends we have seen in recent Employment Law cases and take a look at what issues we are likely to see come up later in 2021.

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How to stop a road

Dealing with surplus paper roads & road encroachments

There are thousands of roads situated throughout rural New Zealand that have never been physically formed and may never be.

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