As New Zealand has recently moved to the Orange setting in the traffic light framework, our policy for access to premises and contracted event venues has also been updated accordingly.
Please note that vaccine passes will no longer be required at Law Society offices, premises and events.
This policy is to establish and communicate the position of the New Zealand Law Society | Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa (Law Society) regarding our COVID-19 response and vaccination for people who access Law Society Services.
This policy is to establish and communicate the position of the New Zealand Law Society | Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa (Law Society) regarding our COVID-19 response and vaccination for people who access Law Society Services. It is based on our obligation to provide a work environment without risks to health and safety, so far as is reasonably practicable.
This policy applies to:
The Law Society is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of its employees through the introduction of effective measures from the available organisation and public health resources, to protect employees as far as is practicable.
All contractors, suppliers, and visitors are responsible for:
All employees are responsible for:
All Managers and Team Leaders are responsible for:
The Board and ELT are responsible for:
A policy owner is responsible for:
The ELT is responsible for:
The Chief Executive is responsible for:
In conjunction with the COVID-19 Protection Framework (aka traffic light system) the Law Society is implementing this policy and a range of procedures and requirements to enable us to operate continuously and effectively at all levels of the Protection Framework.
Our protection and prevention procedures come from three key actions:
All contractors, suppliers, and visitors will follow Public Health orders, Law Society and contracted event venue protocols and policies. These requirements include:
Wearing an appropriate mask is an important action that people can take to protect their own safety.
The Government requires masks to be worn in some locations and public places, this varies according to the COVID-19 alert level or the COVID-19 Protection Framework traffic light colour that applies at the time. The Law Society has additional requirements for mask wearing as set out in our COVID-19 protocols which can be viewed on Manawa and at the entrance to each office. Other businesses may have their own protocols and requirements which employees are expected to follow.
If you have cold or flu like symptoms, you must stay away until you are symptom free and have a negative COVID-19 test. Do not attempt to enter Law Society premises or contracted event venues as you may be refused entry.
The Law Society regularly holds many in-person events, meetings, and dinners with members of the profession and other third parties.
It is the Law Society’s responsibility to keep employees and attendees safe at such events and to minimise the spread of COVID-19 during these gatherings.
For in-person events, meetings, and dinners held by the Law Society, employees and attendees are required to follow the protocols associated with the traffic light level of the COVID-19 Protection Framework in effect at the time.
Policy owner: Peter Bell, General Manager People & Culture
Approval date: 01 December 2021
Next Review: 01 December 2023