What laws have changed recently?
We have had a quiet start to law changes in 2019 as the law makers were on summer recess until 12 February.
Parliament is now back in full swing and we are starting to see new Bills introduced and Bills progressing through the parliamentary cycle.
What’s coming up?
Significant changes to the Employment Relations Act come into force in May and June 2019. You can read more about these changes here.
Other upcoming changes are:
- The transition period for existing businesses to comply with the Food Act 2014 ends on 28 February. All food businesses must comply with the 2014 Act from this date.
- Payday filing is compulsory from 1 April 2019. Employers must submit information to Inland Revenue every time they pay their employees instead of monthly schedules. You can find out more about payday filing in this MBIE article.
- From 1 June 2019, the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations apply to hazardous waste. This is waste generated from a manufacturing or industrial process that is likely to contain a hazardous substance. New obligations around storing class 6 and class 8 hazardous substances also come into force.
What else has changed?
We’ve added new compliance content for the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act.
Organisations that enter credit contracts or consumer leases can find this content in the Finance Category of ComplyWith.
You might have noticed new standardised headings in some of our compliance commentaries. We are refreshing all our commentaries to include standard paragraphs explaining who the obligation applies to and what is required. We hope this will make navigating our commentaries even easier.