Justice denied anywhere diminishes justice everywhere
– Martin Luther King Jr
Ubi jus ibi remedium
Where there’s a right, there should be a remedy
John Goddard is a barrister practising at Lambton Chambers in Wellington, New Zealand. He specialises in employment and insurance law and has represented clients in mediation, arbitration and litigation.
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Recent measures taken to eliminate covid-19 could be seen as being the first example of express recognition by the New Zealand government of the right to health as a fundamental human right. It may also be the first time that the New Zealand government has fully implemented the United Nations’ Guiding Principles (UNGPs) on Business and Human Rights.
To mitigate against the adverse financial impacts caused by the Level 4 arrangements, the government has introduced a number of measures. From an employment law context, the most significant is the wage subsidy scheme.
As a result of the government’s response to Covid-19, especially since New Zealand moved to Alert-Level 4, many businesses have been forced to shut down or, at least, to work remotely. This is likely to have a significantly detrimental effect on business revenue.