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Community Law Manual 2018-2019: A practical guide to everyday New Zealand Law
The Community Law Manual 2018-19 is a trail-blazing resource that helps Kiwis (and their advocates) help themselves.
The Manual contains over 900 pages of easy-to-read legal info, on just about every area of community and personal life. Re-released every year in July, the Manu...al provides comprehensive answers to common legal questions.
New in the Community Law Manual 2018-2019 (to be released in July)
We're including a new chapter on "Disability rights". This includes all the topics in the old "Health and disability" chapter, but the new chapter is much broader and also more practical and useful. It covers things like supported decision-making, discrimination in employment, and access to special education services.
We've expanded our "Neighbourhood life" chapter to include some other aspects of living in the community, including laws around begging, busking and sleeping rough.
Our "Driving and traffic" chapter also now explains the laws about dodging bus and train fares ("fare evasion").
The "Domestic violence" chapter has been rewritten to make it more accessible and relevant to people experiencing DV - there's also a new section on preparing to leave a relationship and new content added to the "other resources" section at the end of the chapter.
We've updated the Community Law Manual to include the various specific law changes that happen every year
"Dealing with Work and Income" covers the Ardern government's Families Package passed in December 2017, including the new Best Start and Winter Energy payments
We've updated the "Employment conditions and protections" chapter to include the new parental leave entitlements, which increased from 18 to 22 weeks on 1 July 2018
We've explained a change in ACC policy about whether you're covered if you break a tooth on a small stone or other foreign object that's gotten into your food (the bad news is you're not covered anymore).
Plus we've split up the "Immigration and refugees" chapter into two chapters: "Immigration" and "Refugees", and updated the entire chapter for changes to policy over the last year as well as adding brand new content.
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