News & Events
Keep up to date with what's happening in New Zealand Law, and what's new at WRMK
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.
Employment Investigations - Getting it right!
June 22, 2017
An employer dealing with an employee’s misconduct has a challenge ahead of them. We understand the minefield of legal problems that an under resourced employer has to negotiate if they are going to successfully conclude an employment investigation without falling foul of the procedural rules that abound.
First Home Buyers: Structuring Parental Support
June 07, 2017
The most appropriate form of parental assistance will depend on the particular set of circumstances.
Gifting: about more than what we give at Christmas time
June 01, 2017
If you think gifting is all about beautifully wrapped Christmas presents then think again. This blog post explores acrimonious court cases about gifting.
My Backyard Subdivision - Part 6: Insurance
April 28, 2017
It is so important to get insurance right when you're building, this week I discuss the different types of insurance and a real life insurance claim that happened during my subdivision
Contesting a Will: The ins and outs of your Will and who can lay claim to your assets
April 20, 2017
Your Will can be contested and it happens more often than people realise. Despite the law around contesting Wills existing in New Zealand for over a century, many people are surprised to discover their will can be challenged.
Employment Standards - April 2017 Update
April 06, 2017
On 1 April 2016 amendments to the Employment Relations Act came into force. There were a raft of changes, but the most publicity was given to the prohibition of “zero hour” contracts. From that date, any new employment agreements had to comply with the new requirements.
Statutory Demand Notices - A Useful Tool with Benefits and Risks
February 14, 2017
Statutory demand notices are commonly used as a helpful tool to create leverage to collect undisputed debts. Despite the unassuming look of these documents, statutory demands can have significant legal and financial implications for both the issuing party and the company on the receiving end.
My Backyard Subdivision - Part 5: Banking
December 14, 2016
For many backyard developers, engagement with their bank will be required at some point. It is always best to do this early to understand what requirements the Bank will impose on you either before you start developing or during the development process.
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Constructing the right contract
Large construction projects are popping up everywhere, from renovation and residential houses through to large scale commercial developments. Usually, disputes in construction aren’t about defects, but rather grey areas the parties haven’t considered such as unforeseen costs or work. Getting the right building contract in place up-front can avoid a lot of pain.
March 18, 2019
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