New Employment laws – how will they affect your business?

It is important building and contracting companies keep up to speed with how the new Employment laws, introduced in April, might impact on their businesses, given the tougher sanctions for employers who fail to meet the new employment standards. One of the key changes is the increase in minimum wage, which has gone up 50 cents an hour to $15.25 …

The Construction Contracts Amendment Act 2015

The Consequences of the Health and Safety Reforms Introduction The Construction Contracts Act 2002 (“CCA”) came into force on 1 April 2003, and significantly reformed the law relating to construction contracts. The objective of the legislation was to dramatically change the framework of cashflow in the industry, by facilitating regular and timely payment between the parties to a construction contract. …

Coming across asbestos? Play by the new rules

Are you running a business (for example, building, roofing, or plumbing) with workers who may disturb or remove asbestos or asbestos-containing material (ACM)? In April, changes were made to the regulations governing work involving asbestos. Asbestos regulations were updated to bring New Zealand into line with other countries. With more than 170 New Zealand workers dying each year from asbestos-related …

Asbestos guidelines impact entire construction sector

The latest edition of guidelines for the safe management and removal of asbestos will have wide range implications for the entire New Zealand construction sector, says Terry Coleman, secretary of the New Zealand Demolition and Asbestos Association (NZDAA). “It is very important that people working across all sub trades have training, similar to Site Safe training, in the identification, management …

State-of-the-art Earthquake testing facility wins top construction award

Auckland University’s new Faculty of Engineering Research, Building 906, home to one of Australasia’s largest earthquake testing facilities, was named Supreme Award winner at the recent New Zealand Commercial Project Awards, held in Auckland. Created by the team of Scarbro Construction, Jasmax Architects, and engineers RCP, the newly constructed Civil Engineering Test Facility – housing a nine-metre structure test hall …