Date: 6 December 2021

Time: 10.00am - 11.30am

Location: Online

Join us for another NZILA Webinar, where three speakers will discuss what is happening with health and safety in the current environment.

Brad Alcorn, Special Counsel at Fee Langstone
Brad will discuss bullying and harassment in the workplace and the current approach employed by WorkSafe. He will discuss examples of WorkSafe’s investigations of bullying and harassment as well as investigations and prosecutions undertaken by WorkSafe’s equivalents in other jurisdictions.

Ellie Harrison, Senior Associate at Wynn Williams
Looking at two trials concerning corporate recklessness in the health and safety context (one successful; one unsuccessful although under appeal), Ellie will cover the regulators’ approaches, judicial decisions and implications for underwriters.

Edwin Boshier, Senior Associate at Duncan Cotterill
Edwin will discuss the increasing pressures that prosecutions under the Health and Safety at Work Act are putting on statutory liability policies, and some issues to which insurers need to be alert. He will take us through the recent Ocean Fisheries case, discuss the prospect of director and officer charges becoming more common, and look at some cases which suggest an increasing willingness of defendants to resist charges or to seek alternatives to the more orthodox sentence of a conviction and fine. All of these have implications for insurers, with liability limits and certain exclusions becoming increasingly relevant.

Moderator:
Neil Beadle – Special Counsel, DLA Piper