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Explaining Powers of Attorney

Powers of attorney are legal documents that set out who can take care of your affairs if you cannot. There are two main types of powers of attorney, general powers of attorney and...

Tenant Liability for Careless Damage - Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill (No 2)

April 2018. . . The Government has confirmed that it will carry on with the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill from the previous government which puts some liability back on...

Sweeping some of the BS out of the RMA

March 2018. . . In the last year of its third term the National coalition government passed the Resource Legislation Amendment Act 2017.  That Act amends various Acts that...

Reduced Flexibility around Rest and Meal Breaks on the Horizon

March 2018. . . Flexibility around the timing of rest and meal breaks introduced under the previous National-led Government is set to be rolled back as part of the current...

Changes to the Overseas Investment Act – Can You Buy Residential or Lifestyle Land if You’re an Overseas Person?

March 2018. . . One of the key issues of the 2017 election campaign was the affordable housing crisis facing New Zealand. During the new Labour Government’s first 100 days,...

Beware Australian Statutory Write-Off Vehicles

March 2018. . . Purchasing a used car can be a stressful and daunting exercise, particularly for those of us who know little or nothing about a car’s mysterious inner...

Beyond The Four Corners – Implied Terms In New Zealand

March 2018. . . Ward Equipment Limited v Preston is a 2017 Court of Appeal case dealing with the question of when additional terms should be implied into a commercial...

Company Breached Employee's Privacy

March 2018. . . A New Zealand company has fallen foul of privacy rules following the departure of an employee. Drugs and drug paraphernalia were observed in the employee’s...

Bright-Line Test Set to Change from 2 to 5 Years

March 2018. . . In 2015 the then National Government introduced the “Bright-Line Test” for the sale of residential property. Under current law (subject to a few...

Minimum wage to $16.50 per hour, from 1 April

February 2018. . . Cracking on with plans to increase the minimum wage rate to $20 per hour by 2021, the government has recently set a new minimum wage rate of $16.50 with...

Why you need a Will

February 2018. . .  Importance of having a Will As far as your family is concerned, your Will could be the most important document you sign.  A Will contains...

90 day trial clauses - a long(ish) sunset

February 2018. . . In January the government announced a range of changes to employment laws. As you will no doubt have heard, a key change is that employers with 20 or more staff...

Trustees and "Momentous Decisions"

February 2018. . . This article appeared in the Otago Daily Times. As many readers will be aware, trusts have traditionally been very popular in New Zealand and they are used in...

Government announces employment law changes

January 2018 . . . The Government has announced its initial changes to employment law, which it says are aimed at restoring the balance that had “tipped away from fair...

Not correctly identifying employer proves expensive mistake for director

January 2018 . . . A recent Employment Relations Authority decision highlights why employers need to make sure that their employment agreements name the correct legal...

Workers Engaged through Labour Hire Company Found to be Employees

Summary A recent Employment Court decision has potentially significant implications for companies that use workers from labour hire companies. In Prasad and Tulai v LSG Sky...

Regulating the brave new world of Cryptocurrencies

Global attention is gathering apace on blockchain technologies and cryptocurrencies (such as Bitcoin and Ethereum) as part of the latest wave of financial technology innovation and...

Kebabs vs Sushi

In the recent High Court decision Saddik v University of Auckland the University’s refusal to extend a kebab shop owner’s lease at the University food court has brought...

Prosecution puts health and safety failure cost in figures

September 2017 . . . Health and safety was back in the spotlight again last week with the first sentencing decision under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, followed just days...

Health and safety back in the spotlight

Health and safety was back in the spotlight again last week, with the first sentencing decision under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, followed just days later by an...

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