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Gloriavale members declared employees

The Employment Court’s recent decision in Courage v Attorney General[1] has found that members of Gloriavale Christian Community (Gloriavale) were employees while living...

Ready to take on migrant workers again?

NEW WORK VISA POLICY: ACCREDITED EMPLOYER WORK VISA With the New Zealand borders opening up, Immigration New Zealand’s long-awaited Accredited Employer Work Visa (the...

Wood for the trees? Carbon forestry set to become less exotic

Our thanks to Gus Griffin for assisting with this article.  Looking to establish or invest in carbon forestry? Then you should understand the Government’s ETS...

Shareholders' Agreements - the key concepts

If you’re in business with other people (like co-founders or investors), it’s important to have a shareholders’ agreement. Today we’ll look at some of the...

Your First Commercial Lease - The key concepts

Signing a commercial lease is a big decision, whether it’s for an office, retail space or café/restaurant location. In this article, we’ll consider the key...

7 key legal steps to starting a business

Starting a business is hard work. There’s lots to do and plenty to spend your money on. So how do you know what to do and where to start? In this article, we’ll briefly...

Here we go again: New wage subsidy / reducing pay during level 4

Introduction This article covers: How to apply for the wage subsidy, and what the criteria are; and Whether or not employers can reduce pay during the Level 4...

Business Structures - Sole Trader or Company?

If you start a business, it is important to choose the right structure. In this article, we’ll look at the two most common business structures: companies and sole traders....

Sick Leave Allocations - going up

As from 24 July 2021 the minimum sick leave entitlements has increased from five days per year to ten days per year. That change won’t affect everyone straight...

Significant Natural Areas: What are your rights?

Recently, some of our clients have been asking whether the Council has a right to enter their property to assess and map significant natural areas? The short answer is, no;...

Do new rules to multiply density + high residential demand = time to subdivide?

With ever increasing demand for houses, the government is taking steps to increase housing capacity. The Dunedin City Council recently released Variation 2 to the Second-Generation...

Tips for dealing with legal contracts

  Contracts can be boring. We all know they are important, but dealing with legal wording can leave people frustrated and unhappy. If you work in a role where you regularly...

Holidays Act 2003 2.0

Our thanks go to Kari Schmidt, Ana Fruean and Grace Titter for writing this article   In 2018 the Government established a Holidays Act Taskforce (the Taskforce) to...

Vulnerable employee protections extended to security officers from 1 July 2021

From 1 July 2021, employees who provide certain types of security services will be protected as “vulnerable employees” under Part 6A of the Employment Relations Act...

Your first worker - to employ or contract?

You can’t start a business alone. Bringing your first worker on to the team is a big moment, which can make or break an early stage business. One key decision is whether to...

How to understand and protect the most valuable asset in your business – intellectual property

What’s the most valuable asset in your business – or your employer’s business? You might say expensive buildings, vehicles, machinery or stock. But often the most...

The Trusts Act 2019

The Trusts Act 2019 (the Act) came into effect on 30 January 2021.  The Act replaced the existing Trustee Act 1956 and the Perpetuities Act 1964. The Act will become the...

Tourism Holdings decision: In search of the ordinary...

The Court of Appeal’s recent decision in A Labour Inspector v Tourism Holdings Limited[1] has reversed the Employment Court’s previous decision which found that, on the...

Waging Court Battle:

Employees paid below minimum wage during covid-19 lockdown The Employment Court recently found an employer did not have to pay its employees the minimum wage under the Minimum...

New Privacy Act now in force

The Privacy Act 2000 (Act) came into force on 1 December 2020, replacing the previous Privacy Act 1993. The new Act makes several changes to New Zealand’s privacy...

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