Speak no evil – settlement agreements are confidential

2017-05-19T12:17:28+00:00 June 8th, 2015|

The Media love reporting on scandalous details of employment disputes that are before the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) and Employment Court. They trumpet headlines like “Sacked worker who took worthless magazine gets $9,000”. However, many employers and employees choose to avoid the glare of publicity by resolving employment disputes with [...]

Important Changes to the Building Act

2017-05-19T12:17:29+00:00 February 20th, 2015|

Changes to the Building Act 2004 came into effect from 1 January 2015. The changes are designed to better protect clients and ensure they are informed. All builders completing new work worth more than $30,000.00 (including GST and materials) must now have a written contract with their client and it [...]

New processes for helping parents resolve disputes about their children

2015-10-28T12:00:26+00:00 June 10th, 2014|

The Ministry of Justice has introduced new processes for parents when they are resolving disputes about their children. Before parents can apply to the court regarding a dispute about care, or contact arrangements, or guardianship matters; parents must first complete two out-of-court processes. They are: 1. Attend a 'parenting through [...]

Do you need help with an inheritance or Will dispute?

2017-05-19T12:17:29+00:00 April 14th, 2014|

Family disputes over Wills and inheritances can quickly become expensive, time consuming and stressful. In some cases they can even destroy relationships forever. At ARL Lawyers our Dispute Resolution Team has experienced solicitors who will conduct negotiations to arrive at practical, common sense solutions for all the parties. Our focus [...]

Student loans – increased compliance sought

2015-09-29T14:15:19+00:00 September 13th, 2013|

Changes to the student loan system were announced in this years’ budget. The Government stated that new initiatives were necessary to raise the level of repayments made by overseas-based borrowers and to target those who default by introducing penalties. As a result of the announcement, the Student Loan Scheme Amendment [...]

The Marriage Amendment Act

2017-05-19T12:17:29+00:00 May 8th, 2013|

The Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Act comes in to force on Monday 19 August 2013. It will allow couples to marry, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation, from that date. Before marrying, a Notice of Intended Marriage must be completed in person at a Births, Deaths and Marriages [...]

ARL Academic Scholarship Winner

2017-05-19T12:17:29+00:00 December 12th, 2012|

Hutt Valley High School's ARL Academic Excellence Scholarship was this year awarded to year 13 student, Madhuri Shenoy. Ms Shenoy, a resident of the Hutt Valley all her life, is delighted to be the recipient of this award. "This scholarship will help pay for my course fees at university and [...]

Parliament to debate paid parental leave

2015-10-15T15:20:49+00:00 September 11th, 2012|

In general, parents currently have the right to request one continuous period of paid parental leave for up to a maximum of 14 weeks. Sue Moroney MP, Labour, proposes to increase paid parental leave from 14 weeks to 26 weeks. Part of the proposal is to stage the increased leave [...]