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John Farrow and James Cowan update directors on mandatory scanning and associated privacy implications, together with the key changes to the wage subsidy declaration and entitlements.
One week after any alert level change that allows more businesses to open, it will become mandatory for certain businesses to ensure people entering their premises either scan-in on the NZ COVID Tracer App or sign-in manually. Some business interest groups and commentators have raised concerns about compliance difficulties and how far businesses can enforce the requirement when individuals refuse. The record-keeping requirement also gives rise to privacy implications. It is possible that privacy concerns have made people hesitant to use the app and to manually sign-in.
During the Level 4 Lockdown the Government renewed its wage subsidy and associated support but this time with a much-enhanced declaration spelling out employer requirements.
James is an Associate in Anderson Lloyd’s Employment and Litigation team. He regularly advises on compliance with Health and Safety legislation; represents PCBUs during Serious Incident Investigations and provides representation in Court, when required. He has advised on multiple successful Applications for Enforceable Undertakings (as an alternative to prosecution), including New Zealand's first ever Court-ordered enforceable undertaking under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. He is a Dunedin Local (save for a brief six-year stint working in Auckland) and studied at the University of Otago, completing a Bachelor of Laws in 2011.
John joined Anderson Lloyd in November 2017 with over 25 years’ experience as a lawyer and, of those, more than 20 as a partner. After studying at the University of Otago, he graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (majoring in English). John is a Partner co-leading Anderson Lloyd's national Employment and Health and Safety Team. His primary areas of practice are employment and health and safety. His expertise covers the full range of employment matters, including those that involve criminal and civil aspects. He also has extensive stand-alone experience in the Criminal and Family Court jurisdictions. He has represented employees, senior executives, small to medium sized businesses, councils, local authorities, and corporates. John is a LEADR-accredited Mediator and Member of the Institute of Directors. John is named in the 'Best Lawyers in New Zealand' publication, Labour and Employment Law category, and as a 'next generation partner' in the Legal 500.
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