Laws & Amendments
Tuesday December 11, 2018

Laws and Amendments

Friday, 13 May 2016 12:59

New Zealand Improving Vehicle Tax Regime

New Zealand Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) Minister Nikki Kaye has announced that ACC levies will now be set every two years, rather than annually. The new levies complement a new funding framework, set out in legislation that came into force in September 2015. "The new legislation means we now have a more principled, transparent framework for ACC funding decisions, and more stringent reporting requirements to ensure the public is better informed," said Kaye. "A key change under this new law is that the Government, rather than ACC, now sets the funding policy for ACC's levied accounts."
Tuesday, 02 February 2016 08:32

All New Zealanders should be very worried

Last minute changes to new laws initially drafted in response to the Pike River Mine tragedy could impact constitutional rights, the New Zealand Law Society says. After three days of intense debate, the Health and Safety Bill could see its third and final reading as soon as tomorrow. The bill is a 273-page omnibus one which will overhaul New Zealand’s workplace health and safety system, replacing the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 and the Machinery Act 1950.
Thursday, 23 July 2015 07:36

Barriers to ACC justice

People challenging accident compensation decisions in court often fail to get proper access to legal information, evidence or experienced lawyers, and feel they are not being heard. Those are the findings of a Dunedin study which has identified ''widespread and systemic barriers to access to justice''. The study was undertaken by researchers working with the University of Otago Legal Issues Centre, on behalf of ACC claimant support group Acclaim Otago.
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 08:06

Further consultation on improving resolution of ACC appeals

Courts Minister Amy Adams and ACC Minister Nikki Kaye have today announced further consultation on the proposed Accident Compensation Appeal Tribunal. "The Government agreed in April 2014 to establish a new Accident Compensation Appeal Tribunal to replace two existing appeals bodies. The proposal was part of a package of reforms aimed at updating and modernising the justice system. The new tribunal process is expected to be faster, while still maintaining a fair process, and will have greater flexibility in resourcing," Ms Adams says. "The proposal is aimed at reducing the time it takes to deal with accident compensation appeals. Appeals…
Friday, 05 December 2014 16:22

New law creates double standard ACC compensation

New Zealanders may very well be personally liable to top-up ACC compensation if they are convicted of any criminal offence that causes bodily injury to another person, says the Insurance Council of New Zealand. From 6 December, as a result of the Sentencing Amendment Act 2014, if you’re convicted of an offence causing injury, the Courts could increase the amount of reparations to pay. "Many New Zealanders will be blissfully unaware that from this Saturday if, for example, they commit a motoring offence or a breach of health and safety legislation that causes personal injury to someone else they could…
Friday, 28 November 2014 19:55

Small change, big deal: compensation for personal injuries

From 6 December, people injured by an offender in the conduct of a crime will be able to receive reparation for the difference between the compensation received from ACC and their actual loss.   This is a significant conceptual inroad into the logic of ACC's universal 'no-fault' coverage, which prohibits recovery of compensatory damages for personal injury.   The change was introduced in an amendment to the Sentencing Act 2002 and will be particularly relevant in prosecutions for workplace accidents where a company is found liable.
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 07:23

Massive overhaul for Privacy Act

The Law Commission is recommending a massive overhaul of the Privacy Act providing stronger enforcement measures and changes that alternately offer better protection of individual privacy and make it easier for government agencies to bulk share private information. Changes protecting individuals include a statutory "Do Not Call Register" which would allow New Zealanders to register their choice not to receive telephone marketing calls.
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