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How to avoid (and respond to) complaints about your advertising

How to avoid (and respond to) complaints about your advertising

You've spent a fortune on a new advertising campaign. Hundreds of hours of research and planning have gone into it. The launch of the campaign receives great applause and praise. And then someone complains to the Advertising Standards Authority saying "I object to this ad as it depicts women as whimsical and irrational". 

By Craig Nelson - 15 Aug 2014

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High Court makes leaky building settlements more difficult

High Court makes leaky building settlements more difficult

The Fleetwood Apartments leaky building case may be a rare example of strict adherence to the law coming at the expense of an early and cost-saving resolution. As part of settling the claim, the Council effectively bought the apartment owners' claims against the other defendants by taking an assignment. This meant the Council stood in the apartment owners' shoes by pursuing the defendants themselves.

By Andrew Steele - 13 Aug 2014

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Monkey business over copyright

Monkey business over copyright

Copyright might not be something that you consider everyday - but it comes up more often than you think. Just be glad that you are not the photographer who thought he owned this photo.

By Melissa Higham - 8 Aug 2014

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Important changes to the Fair Trading Act - will you be affected?

Important changes to the Fair Trading Act - will you be affected?

The law now better reflects modern commercial and retail practices and seeks to bring our consumer laws into line with those of Australia. We set out eight key areas, with links for greater detail to the Commerce Commission's website.

By Melissa Higham - 30 Jul 2014

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Trade mark renewals - it pays to be suspicious

Trade mark renewals - it pays to be suspicious

Have you recently received any official looking letters from the Patent & Trademark Organisation LLC? Treat these with suspicion. If you respond, you could end up paying exorbitant prices to renew your trade mark.

By Claire Barron - 23 Jul 2014

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Health and safety reforms - what you need to know

Health and safety reforms - what you need to know

The New Zealand health and safety regime is in the midst of major reform. Directors, CEOs and senior employees need to be aware of new duties expected to be imposed on them under the Health and Safety Reform Bill 2014, once it becomes law. This Bill prescribes significantly higher penalties up to a maximum of $600,000 and/or 5 years imprisonment for individuals. Failure to comply can lead to directors, CEOs and key employees being held personally liable. It is important to remember that as is the case under current law, insurance will not cover fines and infringement fees.

By Claire Mansell - 17 Jul 2014

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Are you a director of a company? Are you thinking about starting up a company with overseas directors or shareholders?

Are you a director of a company? Are you thinking about starting up a company with overseas directors or shareholders?

There have been recent changes to company legislation (through the Companies Amendment Act (No 4) 2014) that you need to be aware of.

By Claire Barron - 8 Jul 2014

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New District Court Rules - starting today

New District Court Rules - starting today

The District Court Rules have changed. The new Rules, which came into force today, make it easier and simpler for claimants to obtain judgment, especially when the defendant has no realistic chance of defending the claim.

By Claire Mansell - 1 Jul 2014

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Helping hands helping themselves - what to do if an employee steals from you

Helping hands helping themselves - what to do if an employee steals from you

We are increasingly hearing of stories in the media of "trusted" employees stealing from their employer. Employee theft can take different forms - from stealing cash from the till to complicated schemes involving fake invoices and fictitious employees. Whatever form it takes, employee theft is an awful experience for employers - financially and emotionally. Below are some steps we can take to minimise the damage.

By Claire Mansell - 23 Jun 2014

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Can telling a lie get you fired?

Can telling a lie get you fired?

The Court of Appeal has confirmed that a deliberate lie by an employee during an investigation into misconduct can justify dismissal. The Court recently refused leave to appeal in the case of George v Auckland Council. This case involved the dismissal of a senior employee after her employer concluded that she had lied in her explanations during a disciplinary investigation.

By Claire Mansell - 16 Jun 2014

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