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DIA Mystery Shopper Campaign

Those of you with Class 4 Gaming Machines should have received an email earlier this week advising that the field work for the DIA's Mystery Shopper Campaign has been completed.

The Department are currently seeking further information from those sites that were part of the random sample and will begin processing the results shortly.

ANZAC Day - Do you still need a Special Licence?

Earlier this year The Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Exemption for RNZRSA Clubs from Special Licencing Requirements for ANZAC Day) Amendment Bill 2015 was passed by the Government through urgency. The purpose of the Bill was to amend the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 to exempt those RNZRSA (Royal New Zealand Returned Services Association) clubs that hold a current liquor licence (club licence) from having to seek an additional special licence to enable them to serve liquor before 1pm on ANZAC Day.

There is however concern that the Amendment Act does not do what it was intended in completely removing the need for RNZRSA Clubs to hold a special licence on ANZAC Day morning.

DIA Update - Pokie Proceeds, New Gaming Machine Standard and New Accounting Standards Framework

Pokie proceeds - building strong communities

Pokie gambling often gets a bad press, including headlines about people who have stolen from family or employers to feed a gambling addiction.

The other side of the coin is the huge number of community organisations that benefit from gaming machine proceeds. In the 2015/16 financial year alone good causes received about $260 million in grants, an amount these groups would struggle to source elsewhere.

The Final Straw

The Employment Court has recently had cause to consider the principles to be applied in a constructive dismissal setting in Spotless Facility Services NZ Ltd v. Anne Mackay [2016] NZEmpC 153. The Employment Relations Authority upheld Ms MacKay’s personal grievance claim of unjustified constructive dismissal and Spotless challenged the Authority’s determination on the basis that it considered the Authority had applied the principles relating to constructive dismissal incorrectly.