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Legal and regulatory update for the life and health insurance sector

19 May 2022 – Takeovers Panel issued updated Guidance on Schemes of Arrangement and also issued comment on “Deal Protection Devices”. https://www.takeovers.govt.nz/

19 May 2022 – IRD advised of the introduction into Parliament of the Taxation (Cost of Living Payments) Bill and the Bill was passed through all Parliamentary stages under urgency in an extended Parliamentary session.

https://www.taxpolicy.ird.govt.nz/news/2022/2022-05-19-tax-bill-introduced

https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/bills-and-laws/bills-proposed-laws/document/BILL_123884/taxation-cost-of-living-payments-bill

19 May 2022 - Companies Office Registers Funding Validation Bill introduced to Parliament to amend 13 different Acts to retrospectively validate fees that have been collected under those Acts that have been, or will be applied under any register administered by the New Zealand Companies Office. https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/bills-and-laws/bills-proposed-laws/document/BILL_123888/companies-office-registers-funding-validation-bill

19 May 2022 – The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) reported that the Government has agreed through Budget 2022 to increase the Financial Market Authority (FMA) annual operating funding from $60.805 million to $76.401 million in 2025/26. As part of the new funding arrangement, the Government has agreed to set new industry levies following consultation last year. The levy increase will be phased in over 4 years to minimise the burden on the financial sector. The levies have also been apportioned by entity size and type, to ensure smaller entities are not unduly burdened with high costs. Currently, the majority of the FMA’s funding is recovered from market participants through the FMA levy (83%), with the Crown contributing the remaining 17%. The proportion of the Crown’s contribution is decreasing slightly to 16% from 2025/26. Through Budget 2022, the Government has agreed to contribute all capital funding and some operational funding for CoFI and CRD towards the FMA, which will provide some cost relief to entities. While MBIE and the FMA also consulted on funding requirements for the Insurance Contract Law (ICL) regime, decisions about funding for this regime will be made at a later date. Any levies for this regime will take effect after the Insurance Contracts Bill has been passed by Parliament. https://www.mbie.govt.nz/about/news/government-to-increase-fmas-funding-and-set-new-levies/

20 May 2022 – Under an extended Parliamentary session from 19 May 2022, the Income Insurance Scheme (Enabling Development) Bill was read a first time, with the Second Reading continuing while writing this. https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/bills-and-laws/bills-proposed-laws/document/BILL_123885/income-insurance-scheme-enabling-development-bill

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