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New Approach to Vacant Sites in Christchurch’s CBD

Christchurch City Council has approved the implementation of a proposed new approach to the management of privately owned vacant sites in the Central City.  The “Vacant Sites Programme” is intended to encourage landowners to either develop their land or ensure it is being used positively in the short term before development.

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Privacy Act 2020 now in force

The Privacy Act 2020 (Act) came into effect on 1 December 2020. Some of the key changes include the introduction of the new privacy principle 12, which relates to the disclosure of information overseas, and the new privacy breach notification regime. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner has released model clauses and a breach notification tool that will assist businesses and organisations comply with the new obligations under the Act.

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Offering employees shares in your company? Read on

Traditionally the preserve of tech start-ups and large corporates, we are seeing employee share schemes (ESS) increasingly used by all types of small-to-medium sized businesses. A well-designed ESS offers rewards for key employees, an incentive for attracting staff and potential for succession planning. This article discusses some common features of ESSs and a few pitfalls to avoid.

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Are current employment laws upholding Tikanga Māori in the workplace?

Lawyer Shelley Kopu gave a moving address at the recent Employment Law Conference in Wellington. During Shelley Kopu’s address regarding the topic “Does the manner in which we practise employment law reflect and honour a multi-cultural society?” I was personally moved by her insightful and thought provoking presentation.

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