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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...

Why you should have a shareholders’ agreement if starting a business

If you’re starting or running a business with other co-founders, you’ve probably been told by someone to get a shareholders’ agreement. But why is this important?...

Protecting yourself when you supply goods on credit

Do you supply goods to another business on credit? If that business failed, you might think that you could walk in and reclaim the goods that haven’t been sold, right?...

An Offence to Courtesy – Asserting Minority Shareholder Interests

Although it might be discourteous, putting your own interests first as a minority shareholder won’t always put you in breach of your obligations to your fellow shareholders....

New Renting Regulations: The Lease You Can Do

New Renting Regulations: The Lease You Can Do   A number of changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 are set to come into force. These changes are aimed at improving...

Covid-19: Do employers have to keep paying staff?

Covid-19: Do employers have to keep paying staff? New Zealand is again facing the possibility a lockdown of uncertain duration.  One thing we do know for certain is that...

Clear as a Whistle

The Protected Disclosures (Protection of Whistleblowers) Bill (Bill) seeks to clear up confusion for organisations and disclosers by making whistle-blowing simpler and more...

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