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Fixed term employment not an easy fix

Fixed term employment not an easy fix

Fixed term employment agreements have been around for a while now. However, people are still unsure about rules around them. Sometimes employers think a fixed term employment agreement might be a good way to test someone's suitability.  Or they may be unsure about whether they need someone long term and want the flexibility of renewing a contract only if required.

By Kiren Narayanan - 12 May 2017

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Construction Contracts Act may hold solutions for builders' slow paying clients

Construction Contracts Act may hold solutions for builders' slow paying clients

Could payment claims help you in your projects? If you're a builder seeking payment from a tardy client, the Construction Contracts Act 2002 has provisions that could help. We set out the steps below:

By Geoff Hardy - 3 May 2017

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Good fences make good neighbours

Good fences make good neighbours

Do you know your rights under the Fencing Act? The Fencing Act covers a multitude of possible scenarios, including the commonly asked question of who should pay for a shared fence.

By Alden Ho - 27 Mar 2017

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What's your biggest workplace risk? It could be stress

What's your biggest workplace risk? It could be stress

The new Health and Safety at Work Act comes into force on 4 April 2016. Under the new Act there is a greater focus on employers proactively identifying and managing risks.

By Claire Mansell - 7 Mar 2016

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Related companies stung by application to claw back voidable payments

Related companies stung by application to claw back voidable payments

The recent case of Galvanising HB Limited v Fisk has sent out a warning to directors who pay debts owed to related companies over other creditors.

By Claire Mansell - 27 Nov 2015

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Directors Beware: Liability for GST/Reckless Trading

Directors Beware:  Liability for GST/Reckless Trading

Think a company structure will avoid personal liability? Think again. Directors of liquidated companies can be held personally liable for GST.

The Companies Act gives the IRD long arms and very big teeth. In a liquidation situation, there is potential personal liability to directors if GST liability was incurred when the company couldn't meet its obligations to the IRD.

By Tony Johnson - 25 Aug 2015

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Settling employment disputes by termination

Settling employment disputes by termination

Employers and employees commonly settle serious employment relationship problems by agreeing to go their separate ways. Often these settlements include a payment to the employee in exchange for their commitment to ongoing confidentiality and a restraint of trade. Parties have the option of getting the settlement agreement signed off by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Mediation Service. There are advantages and disadvantages in doing this.

By Andrew Steele - 31 Jul 2015

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Public persona, private life

Public persona, private life

The recent publication by a magazine of a photo featuring Dan and Honor Carter's 2-year old child has reignited debate over what media outlets should or shouldn't be allowed to publish.

By - 21 Jul 2015

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Lack of detailed invoices proves costly for building contractors

Lack of detailed invoices proves costly for building contractors

If you're a building contractor who issues simplified invoices, you may need to think again. A recent high court case emphasised the need for contractors to get invoices right the first time if they intend to rely on summary procedures to maximise their cash flow.

By Andrew Steele - 30 Jun 2015

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Full replacement insurance - the devil is in the detail

Full replacement insurance - the devil is in the detail

This week the Supreme Court granted an insurer leave to appeal in the case of Southern Response Earthquake Services Limited v Avonside Holdings Limited. This litigation concerns arguments around what costs can be included in estimating the full replacement cost.

By Andrew Steele - 25 Jun 2015

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