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COVID-19 - Issues for employers at Alert Level 3

April 24th, 2020 Mike Gould

COVID-19 - Issues for employers at Alert Level 3

Requirements for workplaces at Level 3 are:

  • People must work from home if that is possible;
  • There must be no physical interaction with customers;
  • Workplaces must be able to be operated safely, including a requirement for one metre physical distancing.
 
COVID-19 – Alert Level 3 – How does this change affect rental payments?

COVID-19 – Alert Level 3 – How does this change affect rental payments?

This is an update on our previous note on leases at Level 4

In this note we examine the implications of the move from Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 3 for landlords and tenants of commercial leases. 

What is the effect of the change from Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 3 on leases? Will ADLS clause 27.5 still be relevant?

 
Operating your business after the move down from Alert Level 4

April 16th, 2020 Gibson Sheat

Operating your business after the move down from Alert Level 4

The Government today announced what level 3 could look like for business...
 
COVID-19 Hibernation and Safe Harbours – temporary relief from debts for companies but only if you can tick the right boxes

COVID-19 Hibernation and Safe Harbours – temporary relief from debts for companies but only if you can tick the right boxes

Without the proposed temporary changes to the Companies Act directors could face personal liability for their company’s debts if they allowed a company with cash flow or other solvency issues to continue trading.
 
COVID-19 and Public Holidays: Do Employees Still Get Paid?

April 7th, 2020 Gibson Sheat

COVID-19 and Public Holidays: Do Employees Still Get Paid?

Are employees still paid for public holidays if they are not working because of COVID-19? And if so, how much are they paid?

 
Covid-19 –Alert Level 4 - Can I stop paying rent or get out of my lease?

Covid-19 –Alert Level 4 - Can I stop paying rent or get out of my lease?

The wording of the lease will be critical to determining rights commercial tenants have to relief from paying rent and outgoings during the lock-down period.

Legal advice is crucial before taking action.

 
COVID-19 Wage Subsidy

March 26th, 2020 Gibson Sheat

COVID-19 Wage Subsidy

Employers can apply for a lump sum payment for their employees over 12 weeks if they have experienced a 30% actual or predicted decline in revenue due to COVID-19, over the period of a month when compared to a month last year.

 
Frustration of contracts and COVID-19

March 26th, 2020 Brett Gould, Alex Morrissey

Frustration of contracts and COVID-19

Before bringing a contract to an end on the grounds of frustration we strongly recommend you to talk to one of our commercial lawyers to avoid being held liable for breach of contract.

 
COVID-19 How your business can weather the storm

March 25th, 2020 Nigel Moody

COVID-19 How your business can weather the storm

In this article we’ve summarised the process that we as a business have been through and recommend other businesses follow to keep agile and weather the COVID-19 storm.

 
Government assistance for businesses affected by COVID-19

March 25th, 2020 Gibson Sheat

Government assistance for businesses affected by COVID-19

A $6.25 billion scheme is available for lending to small and medium-sized businesses with an annual turnover between $250,000 and $80 million per annum.

 
Gibson Sheat is here to support you during COVID-19

March 23rd, 2020 Gibson Sheat

Gibson Sheat is here to support you during COVID-19

We’ve been giving a lot of thought to how Gibson Sheat might be able to help you with the challenges you might face in the coming period. Keep an eye out for our updates on this.

 
Restraints of Trade & Non-Competition Clauses – Independent Contractors

December 4th, 2019 Richard Gordon

Restraints of Trade & Non-Competition Clauses – Independent Contractors

It is common to see a restraint of trade clause in an employment agreement or an agreement for the sale and purchase of a business. But what about independent contractor agreements?
Can an independent contractor be subject to a restraint of trade?
 
Business Owner Conundrum – Considerations of succession and selling

October 24th, 2019 Brett Gould

Business Owner Conundrum – Considerations of succession and selling

National Research Bureau recently recorded that 130,000 businesses will be for sale in the next 10 years. This means business owners need to give the matter of sale or succession due consideration. Some business owners will have a succession plan - other won't...
 
Business Sale & Purchase and vulnerable employees

July 29th, 2019 Alexandra Morrissey

Business Sale & Purchase and vulnerable employees

[Photo:CC BY-SA 3.0 Alpha Stock Images, original author: Nick YoungsonOriginal Image]

Who are vulnerable employees? And what extra protection do they have under the Employment Relations Act 2000?
 
Terms of Trade

August 31st, 2018 Gibson Sheat

Terms of Trade

Time and time again, we are approached by disgruntled business owners and dissatisfied customers to help resolve disputes arising from deals made on the basis of informal arrangements...