Waikato DHB Cyber-Attack

Business owners must stay vigilant

On 19 May, a cyber-attack on the Waikato District Health Board brought down all hospital computer systems and phone lines. On 25 May, an unidentified group claimed responsibility for the attack and demanded payment from the DHB, threatening to release sensitive data about patients, staff and finances. The DHB and the government both refused to pay the ransom. Subsequently, a substantial amount of private information was posted on the dark web including staff data, payroll information, patient records and photographs. Read more…

Since the launch of government-funded Digital Boost in late 2020, more than 40,000 small businesses have signed up. Digital Boost is a joint initiative between the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and the private sector. Its purpose is to get small businesses to not only acknowledge, but also to use, the benefits that come from digital tools and technologies. Read more…

Most, if not all, employers and employees will now be familiar with the once illusive and distant concept of working from home (WFH). Since Covid reached our shores, flexible working practices have evolved with more employees now preferring to work remotely in any alert level, either on a full-time or part-time basis. Read more…

The new Construction Contracts (Retention Money) Amendment Bill proposes to change the way contractors hold retention money under construction contracts. Read more…

One employee's sick leave may have doubled, but another employee's sick leave may still only be five days. How does this work? Read more…

The Fair Trading Amendment Act 2021, which was passed into law in August, bans unconscionable conduct in trade and prohibits businesses from having unfair contract terms in their small business contracts. Read more…

Downie Stewart Lawyers Dunedin 8th Level, 265 Princes St, Dunedin, 9016 03-477 2263
PO Box 1345, Dunedin 9054 |  Fax: 03 477 4021  |  E: info@downiestewart.co.nz