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In the first months of 2014, Chief Legal Advisor Michael Hargreaves has been building his legal team at the new regulatory agency WorkSafe New Zealand.
“We are in an early stage at the moment,” says Mr Hargreaves.
“The legal team currently consists of myself, three other lawyers and an EA, but right now we are in the process of appointing another three lawyers across Wellington and Auckland.”
WorkSafe NZ is a stand-alone agency which was officially launched on 16 December 2013. It regulates and enforces workplace health and safety and energy and gas safety and is beginning to build additional capability and capacity in corporate and inspectorate functions. This work is occurring in parallel with the introduction of the Health and Safety Reform Bill in Parliament and its referral to a select committee for public submissions.
Mr Hargreaves says WorkSafe NZ will be aiming to engage with in-house lawyers across the public and private sectors in the near future about the new regulator’s role.
Welcome to our first eCLANZ of 2014. No doubt the return to work after a relaxing break heralded another busy year. It certainly has for me.
This year CPD swings fully into action. If you developed your plans for the transition period that began in October 2013, you will be well placed. If not, now is the time to get you plans in place.
Registration for the May 2014 CLANZ conference in Dunedin opens on 5 February. We are working hard to create high quality CPD for our members at conference so do include conference attendance in your CPDPR. Aside from the knowledge gained to enhance your in-house abilities, and from the excellent networking opportunities, attending the conference can enable you to satisfy a good proportion of your required hours as streamed sessions enable you to customise your conference learning.
The Takeovers Panel has published shareholders guidance today, in a booklet called A Basic Guide for Shareholders about the Takeovers Code. This is an easy to read Guide for retail investors who are already shareholders in New Zealand companies or who are thinking about becoming a shareholder. Read more →