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An employee's right to advice - getting the wording right

Most people, if asked, will tell you that employment law favours employees. Essentially, they’re right. Justice in this country is impartial but our Employment Relations Act...

Don’t try this at work. Or home. Or anywhere.

A recent news article caught our eye.  It concerned an employee driving a company vehicle on her way to work. According to the media report the employer thought the employee...

Neighbours' Trees Blocking Your View?

Trees can add significant amenity to the public environment and are often used by homeowners to provide privacy.  Equally, views and sunlight are commodities highly prized by...

Vendors Warranties and Undertakings - How Far Do These Extend?

The recent High Court case of Mitchell v Zhang [2017] NZHC 3208 helps to further define how far a vendor’s warranties and undertakings extend. One of the main issues...

Domestic Violence - Victims' Protection Act.

The Domestic Violence – Victims Protection Act 2018 has passed following its final reading in Parliament. The Act makes changes to the Employment Relations Act 2000, Holidays...

Trial Period v Probationary Period - What's the Difference?

The Employment Relations Amendment Bill currently before select committee proposes to remove the ability to use trial periods for any employer who employs 20 or more...

Contractor or Employee - What's the Difference?

A recent article on Stuff.co.nz shone a light on the difficult working conditions many courier drivers face. Courier drivers (many of whom are independent contractors) spoke of...

Warranties

What are they? Warranties are usually included in legal agreements of a commercial nature. They are essentially a guarantee or promise made by one person to another relating to...

MBIE Consults on Beneficial Ownership of Corporate Bodies

The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has launched a public consultation on beneficial ownership of corporate bodies. MBIE is interested in potentially...

IPONZ Proposes Reduced Trademark Fees (but increased patent fees)

The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) is seeking feedback on its proposal to reduce fees for trademarks, while increasing patent fees. IPONZ is requesting...

KiwiBuild - Restoring the Kiwi Dream of Home Ownership

As of last week, New Zealanders can now register their interest in purchasing a KiwiBuild home; an affordable, quality starter home for first home buyers. The KiwiBuild...

Building a New Home? Read the Fine Print!

If you’re thinking about building a new home or carrying out renovations, then chances are you will be asked to sign a contract. All residential building projects valued at...

MBIE consults on publishing directors’ residential addresses online

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is seeking your views on whether directors’ home addresses should still be published on the (publicly searchable)...

AML/CFT Compliance

Compliance requirements - why we need to ask for information New Zealand has passed a law called the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 (we...

When Size Matters: The Guide for the Measurement of Residential Properties

Recently a collaborative effort between the Property Council of New Zealand and the Property Institute of New Zealand has seen the release of a new and innovative tool in the...

Future-proofing Your Relationship

June 2018 . . . As the Chinese proverb “dig the well before you are thirsty” says, planning in life is key. There are many aspects of life that need to be planned for...

Equity Crowdfunding - Tips if You Want to Raise Capital

June 2018 . . . If you run a business and are looking for investors to back your vision, equity crowdfunding can be a great way to raise capital. You can raise up to $2...

Trust Law Reform and Trustee Duties

June 2018 . . Trusts play an important role in the New Zealand legal landscape. There are over 200,000 trust-owned kiwi homes, and an estimated total of 500,000 trusts in New...

Incapacity of Trustees

May 2018 . . . Trustee capacity issues are becoming increasingly common as life expectancies increase. In New Zealand there is no automatic consequence of a trustee losing capacity...

Enforcing Verbal Agreements

May 2018 . . . When you make a big decision, like buying a house or a business, you should write down what everyone has agreed. Of course, sometimes things change and you need to...

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