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Local authorities need to be aware of these duties and adopt a cautious approach in reducing the risk of a workplace accident.

The Act includes a residential care subsidy regime which concerns the cost of rest home care (commonly called the rest home subsidy).

The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 imposes a new duty on local authorities, as “persons conducting a business or undertaking” (PCBUs), to consult, co-operate and co-ordinate activities, so far as is reasonably practicable, with all other PCBUs who share health and safety responsibilities in relation to particular work.

We review a recent High Court decision - Double J Smallwoods Ltd v Gisborne District Council [2017] NZHC 1284 - which held a local authority negligent for fire damage to a neighbouring sawmill operation, as a result of its failure to reduce the fire risk caused by vegetation on its land.

The Office of the Ombudsman has just announced that, from 1 July 2017, it will be taking a new approach to how it responds to complaints about delays in making and communicating decisions on requests for official information within the maximum statutory timeframe (i.e. The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 imposes different health and safety duties on different people, depending on their role in the workplace.

Although change was expected, the exact nature and extent of those changes had previously been unknown.

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