Summary of the key law and content changes on ComplyWith (update as of 1 June 2018)

What laws have changed?

Some important law changes since February 2018 are:

  • New provisions allowing tertiary education institutions to invest trust funds in a common fund were added to the Education Act on 30 March 2018.

  • The minimum wage increased from $15.75 to $16.50 an hour and the training and starting-out minimum wages increased from $12.60 to $13.20 an hour on 1 April 2018.

  • The following health and safety obligations applied from 4 April 2018:
    • Organisations are required to prepare and review an asbestos management plan.
    • Operators of existing major hazard facilities are required to comply with obligations about control measures, emergency plans, major accident prevention policies, safety assessments, and safety management.

  • The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force on 25 May 2018. More information on the GDPR is here.

  • The obligation in the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations to give additional information, instruction, and training to hazardous substances workers is coming into force on 1 June 2018.

To find out how recent law changes could affect your business and compliance reporting, please go to Updater in ComplyWith.

What else has changed?

You might have noticed recently that the Access all Content section in ComplyWith is looking a bit different. We’ve changed the names of some categories, and introduced new categories to make it easier to find your way around our great content.

We’ve also added new compliance content for the Radiocommunications Act and Radiocommunications Regulations, and the Te Ture mō Te Reo Māori/Māori Language Act.

We are continuing to improve all ComplyWith content, including recent improvements to the Environment and Governance categories.

What’s coming up?

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

  • Paid parental leave increases from 18 weeks to 22 weeks on 1 July 2018.
  • Existing children’s core workers must be safety checked in line with the Vulnerable Children Act by 1 July 2018.
  • New requirements for evacuation schemes for relevant buildings in the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Act are coming into force on 1 July 2018.
  • The wholesale gas levy increases from 1.236 cents to 1.2374 cents for the 2018/19 financial year when the Gas (Levy of Industry Participants) Regulations 2018 come into force on 1 July 2018.
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