Pier Law COVID-19 Response Policy
We are committed to doing everything we can to enable a safe working environment and prioritising the safety of our team, clients and visitors. As part of this commitment, from Monday 6 December 2021 we are implementing a new policy relating to vaccination against COVID-19, which applies to everyone who visits our offices or attends firm events.
We believe the vaccine is an important step to help New Zealand move forward in reducing the risk of COVID-19 in our communities and bring us another step closer to living in a safer and more open environment.
We have carefully considered all information available to us, as well as our firms risk evaluation and staff feedback while preparing this policy. This policy will comply with all other COVID-19 heath and safety measures and is based on guidance from the New Zealand Government.
We will require all our team members working onsite to have their first dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccination by 6 December 2021, to be fully vaccinated by 17 January 2022, and to maintain that vaccination status through booster vaccinations as outlined by the Ministry of Health.
All people entering our workplace or our firm events will also be required to provide evidence of having their first vaccination by 6 December 2021 and must be and remain fully vaccinated by 17 January 2022.
Acceptable forms of evidence of vaccination includes:
The use of masks remains in place and is required when entering our premises . If you have a medical exemption, please share this information with us prior to your visit . Additionally, you must continue to sign in using the COVID Tracer App or the manual sign in sheets when you visit our premises.
We recognise and respect that everyone has a right to choose whether to be vaccinated or not. If you do not wish to provide us with your vaccine status, we will have to assume that you are unvaccinated and that will affect the extent to which we can interact with you for the provision of legal services. As an employer we have a duty of care to protect our team members from the risks of COVID-19. Our vaccination policy will help us to minimise this risk and provide a safer workplace and peace of mind for our valued team members and clients.
We are committed to strictly adhering to our vaccination policy and the Government’s COVID-19 health and safety measures. We want to assure you that we will continue to provide legal services remotely via phone or video conferencing for clients that cannot or will not provide satisfactory evidence of their vaccination status from 6 December 2021.
We are mindful that this is new territory and that the Government guidelines are adapting and changing regularly as the situation regarding COVID-19 develops. We will continue to monitor the situation and will review our policy as new information comes to light. If you have any questions about this policy, please reach out.