Summary of the key law and content changes on ComplyWith (update as of 6 July 2018)

What laws have changed?

1 July 2018 was a busy date for law changes. Some of these were:

  • Primary carer leave and parental leave payments increased from 18 weeks to 22 weeks.
  • New requirements for building evacuation procedures and evacuation schemes came into force. More information is here.
  • All children’s core workers must have been safety checked in line with the Vulnerable Children Act (previously safety checks must only have been completed for new children’s workers).
  • The wholesale gas levy increased from 1.236 cents to 1.2374 cents for the 2018/19 financial year when the Gas (Levy of Industry Participants) Regulations 2018 came into force.
  • As well as these 1 July changes, new obligations about regional fuel tax schemes came into force on 27 June 2018 (although an Order in Council can’t be made to establish a scheme until after 1 January 2021 except for the Auckland region).
  • To find out how recent law changes could affect your business and compliance reporting, please go to Updater in ComplyWith.

What else has changed?

We are continuing to improve all ComplyWith content, including recent improvements to the Governance section.

What’s coming up?

Some important law changes coming up in the next few months are:

  • The new Customs and Excise Act 2018 is likely to come into force on 1 October 2018. We have checked with Customs who have confirmed that they are working towards this date, but it is still subject to being confirmed through an Order in Council.
  • A range of standards for dealing with animals comes into force of 1 October 2018 under the Animal Welfare (Care and Procedures) Regulations.
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