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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...

Geographical indications register now open for wines and spirits

In my last article I wrote about cheese. In this article I am shifting my focus to one of cheese’s good friends, wine. In the wine industry considerable importance is placed...

New MBIE Guide To Providing Annual Holidays

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has recently released a guide to annual holidays under the Holidays Act 2003.  This free resource is available here...

Importer wins dispute over unclaimed cheese

A decision of the Christchurch High Court caught my eye recently because it concerned something I am very fond of. Cheese. Over $90,000 of imported cheese. To my mind, a commercial...

McLaren v McLaren

McLaren v McLaren: family trusts continued Family trust disputes are providing a good source of interesting cases at the moment – unfortunately they do of course come at...

Pay equity - becoming a reality

Over the next few years we are likely to see some significant pay equity claims and settlements which will affect a large number of employers and employees, both union and...

Employment law update: Proposed new domestic violence law to impact employment law

Having passed its first reading and now at the Select Committee stage, a new Bill proposing to enhance legal protections for victims of domestic violence would see changes made to...

Beneficiaries not always entitled to trust information

In March the Supreme Court released a decision concerning a beneficiary’s entitlement to access information about a trust that they are a beneficiary of. The case involved...

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