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Should New Zealand have more public holidays?

2017-05-19T12:17:29+00:00 August 9th, 2012|

Whether Waitaingi Day and ANZAC Day should be 'Mondayised' has long since been debated. The matter is currently before Parliament in the form of the Holidays (Full Recognition of Waitangi Day and ANZAC Day) Amendment Bill. Essentially, if assented to, the proposed legislation will mean that whenever Waitangi Day or [...]

Updates on Immigration Law

2015-10-15T15:22:51+00:00 May 11th, 2012|

Family Categories Applicants seeking permanent residence in New Zealand under the family categories, face major policy changes. As at 16 May 2012 the Sibling and Adult Child category ceased to exist. This effectively bars parents who have become New Zealand permanent residents or citizens, from sponsoring their adult children (those [...]

The importance of written Employment Agreements

2015-10-15T15:23:40+00:00 April 18th, 2012|

Employers should by now be aware that from July 2011, it became mandatory for employers to retain Individual Employment Agreements for all current employees. However, when assisting both employers and employees in employment matters, we are still encountering a relatively large number of cases where there is no written employment [...]

Changes to the Charities Act

2017-05-19T12:17:30+00:00 March 13th, 2012|

Are you a member of the board of a charitable organisation? If your charity is registered with the Charities Commission, there are important changes to the Act which affect officers and which all charities should be aware of. If your organisation runs as an incorporated society it will be governed [...]

Paid Sleepovers

2015-10-15T15:26:08+00:00 February 17th, 2012|

Sleepover work is now to be paid at the minimum wage rate with workers compensated with 'back-wages' for sleep-over work performed from the period 1 July 2005 to 30 June 2011. The Sleepover Wages (Settlement) Act 2011 ('the Act') came into force on 18 October 2011 as a result of [...]

Proposed Reform of Consumer Laws

2017-05-19T12:17:30+00:00 August 4th, 2011|

On 16 March 2011, the National Government announced it would introduce a Consumer Law Reform Bill before the middle of this year. The Bill will cover the Fair Trading Act, the Consumer Guarantees Act, the Weights and Measures Act, the Layby Sales Act, the Unsolicited Goods and Services Act, the [...]

Changes to Holidays Act

2017-05-19T12:17:30+00:00 July 20th, 2011|

The National Government has introduced some key changes to the Holidays Act which will take effect from 1 April 2011. Employees will be entitled to cash up to one week's annual leave in each year of annual leave entitlement. An employer cannot force an employee to cash up their annual [...]