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Cash for Hurt Feelings – Employment Court decision signals increases for hurt and humiliation payments
June 05, 2018
The old adage “sticks and stones” may apply to squabbling children, but it certainly doesn’t apply where an employer’s words or actions lead to an unjustifiable sacking. Many employers see employment (and its termination) as a purely business transaction, and are shocked to find out that employees can claim for injury to feelings.
The New Rules on Selling to Overseas Buyers Won't Affect Me, Right?
February 01, 2018
New rules about an overseas person acquiring land are proposed to be in place very soon. So long as your residential, lifestyle or a farm over 5 hectares is not owned by a company or trust, then you are only affected by the new rules if you sell or transfer your property to an overseas persons.
Relocatable Houses - Making sure your dream home arrives safe and sound
January 25, 2018
With property prices around the country reaching record highs, many people are looking to relocatable houses as a faster or more cost-effective option than building from new. Done properly, homeowners or investors can get that chocolate-box villa or bungalow set up on the site of their choice for a fraction of the cost of a new-build. However there are a few things people should consider before getting a house on the road.
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 it 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 is 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.
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De facto relationships – what does “living together as a couple” actually mean?
It’s generally well-understood that if you live with someone as a couple for three years, if the relationship ends, then any property involved is divided equally. However, what is less well-understood is the definition of “living together as a couple”. What exactly is a de facto relationship, are you in one, and if it ends, what happens to your stuff?
June 26, 2019
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