News & Events
Keep up to date with what's happening in New Zealand Law, and what's new at WRMK
Unfair Contract Terms
December 14, 2017
Over the past 6 years New Zealand’s consumer protection laws have seen a number of changes. One of the biggest changes to come out of Parliament was the introduction of “Unfair Contract Terms” (UCT) under the Fair Trading Act Amendment Act 2013. Despite coming into force on 17 March 2015, the New Zealand Commerce Commission is still finding a number of businesses, over a range of different industries, who are in breach of these laws.
Swimming Pool Regulations
November 23, 2017
Summer is almost here, and with it comes long sunny days, BBQs, and swimming in the backyard pool. It’s something that all Northlanders look forward to, but before you dust off your bikini or speedos, now is the perfect time to check whether your pool satisfies all of its legal requirements.
The Pre-Franchise Sleuthing Zone for Prospective Franchisees - What you can research yourself before you get serious!
November 14, 2017
For a potential franchisee, the attraction is a business you can walk into with your hand being held. The negative is that is not exclusively your business and never will be. As a purchaser, the key is finding a franchise opportunity with a fair and reasonable Franchisor who has a strong track record and positive plans for the future. Here are some pre-lawyer sleuthing ideas you can do yourself to get a feel for what the Franchise is like before you come to us for the legal review of the Agreement.
Employment under our new Government - what can we expect?
October 27, 2017
With New Zealand First’s decision to form a coalition government with Labour and the Greens, it is difficult to predict which policies will be implemented in the Employment space. In all the election hoopla focusing on tax, water and “the economy” you may have missed some of the key employment policies.
October 27, 2017
Communication is such a vital element of a good employment relationship that it has been detailed in our Employment Law Bible (the Employment Relations Act 2000) in the form of the “duty of good faith”.
The Contract and Commercial Law Act 2017- What does this mean for you?
September 21, 2017
The Contracts and Commercial Law Act 2017 (CCLA), which came into effect on 1 September 2017, revokes and consolidates eleven commercial statutes. The result being one singular, updated piece of legislation.
Does The Process Really Matter If An Employee Is Obviously 'Guilty'?
August 24, 2017
I regularly get employer clients asking “but what if I catch an employee red-handed – surely I can fire them on the spot?” The answer is no - not even then. Employers still have to follow a fair process.
Permanent? Fixed-term? Casual? What are they, and which do I need?
July 26, 2017
Employers are regularly confused about the difference between permanent, casual and fixed-term employees, and what kind of staff member they should have. Here's our guide.
Swearing at your boss – Can employers fire a potty-mouthed employee?
June 22, 2017
Something I hear pretty regularly from clients is: “What can I do when a staff member swears at their manager/storms off site?” The legal answer is the same as with any employee misbehaviour – taking a moment to cool off and consider how serious the behaviour actually was (and following a fair process). In this blog post I have set out a few of the key issues which crop up in these situations.
The Domestic Violence - Victims Protection Bill
June 22, 2017
The Domestic Violence - Victims Protection Bill is currently before the Select Committee which, if successful will make changes to the Domestic Violence Act 1995, the Holidays Act 2003 and several others. Read on to see what this could mean for you.
Do it online
Did you know you can now pay your bill online?
Is your Family Trust still serving its purpose?
With the Trusts Bill currently in its Second Reading in Parliament and likely to incorporate a raft of signalled changes, it is probably a good time to take stock and consider why you settled your family trust in the first place.
November 22, 2018
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