News and Events

Christmas and New Year Hours 2021/22

KEY DATES

24 December to 5 January Offices are closed.

Corban Revell offices at 2 Trigg Road, West Harbour are closed. Emergency contacts during this time are:

John Kahukiwa 021 378 750

Lisa Roberts 021 922 008

6-7 JanuaryProperty team only.  

Our property team is available for sale and purchase enquiries, working from home, available on email and mobile. Please find your lawyer’s number from their profile page on this website or on any email they have sent you before.

10 January – Office at 2 Trigg Road, West Harbour re-opens.

Our office at 2 Trig Road, West Harbour re-opens for in person meetings with certain staff available, including our family law team. Please call reception on 09 837 0550 to check availability of individuals and book appointments.

17 January – All staff return.

All of the Corban Revell team is back either in the office or can be contacted via email or mobile.

The team at Corban Revell wish you a happy and safe summer holiday season and look forward to seeing you all in 2022.

Legal Insights

2021 Resident Visa- Fast -Tracked Residency.

On 30 September 2021, the Government announced a new one-off residence visa pathway for some temporary work visa holders currently in New Zealand. 

Eligibility

Applicants must have met the criteria on 29 September 2021.

To be eligible the Applicants must:

  • have been in New Zealand on 29 September 2021, and
  • be on an eligible visa or have applied for an eligible visa before 29 September 2021 that is later granted.

Applicants must also meet one of the three criteria:

  • have lived in New Zealand for three or more years, or
  • earn at or above the median wage ($27 per hour), or
  • work in a role on a scarce list.

If an Applicant meets the criteria for eligibility but are in Australia and have been unable to return to New Zealand by 29 September 2021, they may also be considered eligible.

If you require further specific advice on whether you are eligible and assist you in the process, please contact one of our lawyers. 

Saurav Satyal, Solicitor

Contact Details for Saurav Satyal 

Ph: 09 837 0550

Email: ssatyal@corbanrevell.co.nz


Contact Details for O’neal Mendoza

Ph: 09 837 0550

Email: omendoza@corbanrevell.co.nz


The advice above is current at the time of writing, 30 September 2021. This article is published for general information purposes only. Legal content in this article is general and should not be relied upon as legal advice

Legal Insights

Covid 19: Can employers require their employees to be vaccinated?

Recently, two major employers in New Zealand have stated that they plan to make Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory at their workplace. In the absence of a Health Order making vaccinations mandatory to all New Zealanders, this position of the employers has led to considerable debate in the business community.

The Employment Relations Authority in their recent determination in GF v New Zealand Customs Service upheld the decision of the employer to dismiss a border worker who refused to be vaccinated. This determination was fact-specific to border workers however the Authority did provide valuable insights for the wider business community. 

Some key considerations that an employer need to take before making vaccinations mandatory at the workplace are:

  • Firstly, the employer must conduct an extensive risk assessment and ascertain whether the risks may be eliminated or if the risk can be minimised in other ways. This risk assessment process must involve workers, unions and other representatives.
  • Before drafting the mandatory vaccination policy, the employer must consult with all the affected employees and explain the need for such policy. 
  • If a particular employee refuses to take the vaccine, then the employer should genuinely consider the employee’s reason and consider other options before deciding to dismiss the employee. 

Therefore, at present it seems unlikely that employers can implement a policy requiring mandatory vaccinations in the workplace without good health and safety reasons. Employers must assess their COVID-19 exposure risk to decide whether certain work warrants a vaccination.  

If you require further specific advice on this issue or have any other employment concerns, please contact one of our lawyers to assist you.

By Saurav Satyal

Saurav Satyal, Solicitor

The advice above is current at the time of writing, 20 September 2021. This article is published for general information purposes only. Legal content in this article is general and should not be relied upon as legal advice.

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Moving to Level 3

Even though our premises must remain closed after Auckland moves to Alert Level 3 at 11.59pm on Tuesday 22 September all staff continue to be able to assist you via phone, email or video calls.

We have video call functionality in place for face to to face meetings, including document signing. If you need declarations taken or documents witnessed, we are able to do that in most cases by video call.

Property settlements will now be easier in Level 3, as people are allowed to move house, including tenants who need to move out or in. Most agreements have specific clauses that cover Covid Alert Level changes. Please contact us directly by phone or email for any specific concerns.

Most of our staff continue to work from home except for those who can’t, and those who are working on court matters which fall within the definition of essential services. For updates on all Court matters please contact your lawyer.

Our premises will remain closed to the public and will not reopen until Auckland moves down to Alert Level 2. he main thing is still that we all stay safe. Keep to your bubbles, ask for help where you need. Enjoy that takeaway coffee! We are here for you! Let us know what you need.

News and Events

Covid 19 Update

We remain open for business during Alert Level 4, however our physical offices are closed.  

All our staff are contactable by email or phone. Our reception phone will be answered as usual Monday to Friday 8.15am to 5.15pm.  

All staff direct dial numbers and email addresses can be found on our website.   

We will have video calls in place for face to face meetings, including for document signing. We will complete property settlements where we can, but please be aware, generally in Level 4 no one is allowed to move house, you need to wait for Level 3. Most agreements have specific clauses about Alert Level changes now.

As we receive updates from the Courts, your lawyer will update you if you have any matters in Court this week or next week.

Please contact us directly by phone or email for any specific concerns.    

The main thing is that you and we all follow the rules and stay safe. Keep to your bubbles, ask for help where you need.   We are here for you! Let us know what you need.  

The Team at Corban Revell