The events which occurred on 15 March 2019 in Christchurch were nothing less than a complete tragedy. For New Zealanders to hear the news that 50 people had lost their lives in such tragic circumstances was devastating. At this time, we express our sincere condolences to the victims and their family members. We also express our best wishes to the injured who are still in hospital.
We understand that employers in Christchurch will have had employees who either tragically lost their lives on that day, but also others who were injured. They may also have other staff members that are related to either the deceased or the injured. There are likely to be other employers around the country who have migrant employees who were also affected by the tragedy, either through knowing or being related to people involved, or who were friends of the victims and the injured, or because they are also Muslims.
At such a devastating time like this, it has been comforting to see how New Zealand has responded to show love, kindness, and compassion to not only the victims and their families, the Muslim community but also all New Zealanders. It has also been comforting to see people reaching out in different ways to provide any assistance they can at this time.
The Immigration Team at Lane Neave has offered to provide free immigration advice and assistance to people who wish to have family travel to New Zealand to be with them at this time, or to others who are on temporary visas who have lost a family member and are concerned about their future immigration status. If any employers have employees who have been affected, please advise them that they are welcome to contact us.
Kia Kaha New Zealand.
Workplace Law team
If you have any queries in respect of the above, or any other workplace law issues, please contact a member of Lane Neave’s Workplace Law team:
Employment: Andrew Shaw, Fiona McMillan, Gwen Drewitt, Maria Green, Hannah Martin, Joseph Harrop, Holly Struckman, Alex Beal, Giuliana Petronelli, Abby Shieh
Immigration: Mark Williams, Rachael Mason, Daniel Kruger, Nicky Robertson, Julia Strickett, Ken Huang, Mary Zhou, Shi Sheng Cai (Shoosh), Sarah Kirkwood, Janeske Schutte, Lingbo Yu
ACC: Andrew Shaw
Health and Safety: Andrew Shaw, Fiona McMillan