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First Employment Relations Authority Determination on Government Wage Subsidy Pay Reductions and Dismissals
10 July 2020
With the Government Wage Subsidy Extension continuing to be available until 20 October 2020, the Employment Relations Authority (“ERA”) on 30 June 2020 issued a timely determination on whether or not an employer is released from the obligation to pay wages or salary under an employee’s employment agreement and/or the Wages Protection Act 1983 by accepting the Government Wage Subsidy (“GWS”). Read more
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First Employment Relations Authority Determination on Government Wage Subsidy Pay Reductions and Dismissals With the Government Wage Subsidy Extension continuing to be available until 20 October 2020, the Employment Relations Authority (“ERA”) on 30 June 2020 issued a timely determination on whether or not an employer is released from the obligation to pay wages or salary under an employee’s employment agreement and/or the Wages Protection Act 1983 by accepting the Government Wage Subsidy (“GWS”). Link
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Small Businesses and Rent Disputes Small businesses paying full rent on commercial leases when Covid-19 measures prevented them fully occupying their premises have today been given a pathway to rent reductions in a long-awaited government package released today. Link
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Planning redundancies once your employees’ wage subsidy runs out? Not so fast!

Planning redundancies once your employees’ wage subsidy runs out? Not so fast!

Times are tough for many New Zealand businesses right now. As a result of Covid-19 and its implications, many businesses have had to lay off staff or temporarily or permanently close due to significant decreases in revenue.

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COVID-19 – New Relief For Small Businesses – Government Small Business Cashflow Scheme

On 1 May 2020, the Government announced a new initiative to help small businesses grapple with the devastation inflicted by COVID-19 and the Government’s response to it: the Small Business Cashflow Scheme (SBCS).

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Congratulations Jono Cole
24 June 2020

The Partners are pleased to announce that Jono Cole has been promoted to Senior Associate at Ford Sumner. 

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Congratulations Jono Cole

The Partners are pleased to announce that Jono Cole has been promoted to Senior Associate at Ford Sumner. 

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Congratulations Sean Potter

We are pleased to announce Sean Potter has been admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court.

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Coronavirus/Covid-19

In accordance with New Zealand’s current Covid-19 alert level, Ford Sumner is now operating remotely until further notice.

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Sarah Churstain recognised as an NZ Lawyer 2020 Rising Star Ford Sumner are pleased to announce that Sarah Churstain has been named by NZ Lawyer in their inaugural 2020 Rising Stars’ list acknowledging up and coming stars in the legal profession who are committed to making a difference. Link

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Case Study

Nelson Airport Case Study
20 August 2019

Consistency, efficiency and accuracy were keys for Nelson Airport in evaluating new legal services.

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Nelson Airport Case Study

Consistency, efficiency and accuracy were keys for Nelson Airport in evaluating new legal services.

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