Regulation of Vaping Products

The well-known harmful health effects of smoking and in particular its effects on those within the same space as smokers was recognised over 30 years ago in the Smokefree Environments Act 1990.  This was updated in 2020 to integrate vaping, with a change in name to the “Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products Act 1990”.  The…

Shipping Delays – How long is too long?

Most of us have noticed recently the absence of some of our favourite products at the supermarket. The most likely culprit? Congested ports, supply chain disruptions and staff shortages across all sectors as staff are increasingly either sick or self-isolating. The Omicron outbreak has also created a surge in demand for online orders. And while…

Unfair Terms in Trade Contracts

Most of you will have heard of or be familiar with the Fair Trading Act 1986 (the FTA). The FTA prohibits unfair contract terms in standard form consumer contracts. From 16 August 2022 this will be extended to standard form business-to-business or small trade contracts. Other changes include a prohibition on unconscionable conduct and restrictions…

Defamation law in New Zealand

Defamation in New Zealand is governed by the Defamation Act 1992 and by a body of developed case law. Defamation is an area of law that is designed to protect a person’s reputation from unfair and unjustifiable attacks. Defamation requires a fine balance between the protection of reputation and the freedom of expression as contained…

Can an employer require its employees to be vaccinated?

The rolling out of Covid-19 vaccine for the general population over the coming months in this country will no doubt result in some complex employment issues for employers. It will create unique workplace tensions if employees refuse to work alongside unvaccinated employees, or seek alternative working arrangements to avoid exposure to unvaccinated employees. The most…