What Could A Union Do For You

What Could A Union Do For You?

If you’re looking for someone who can act for you as an advocate in situations in your workplace like employment agreements or help in finding out information and advice regarding work-related issues, you may want to consider joining a union. Unions are organisations that represent groups of workers with employers, with unions available across many…

When Is It Okay To Sign Electronically

When Is It Okay To Sign Electronically?

Electronically signing deeds have become a more common occurrence, particularly after the past year’s impact on how New Zealand businesses conduct themselves. Clarifying precisely what can and cannot be electronically signed and the legal limitations in place is something that all businesses should seek out for themselves. The Contract and Commercial Law Act 2017 (CCLA)…

Business Mergers Acquisitions

Business Mergers & Acquisitions

Did you know that New Zealand prides itself on maintaining a competitive business market? It does this through the use of specific legislation that limits the effect that some mergers or acquisitions of businesses may have on market competition. By maintaining a diverse market of businesses for services, products and goods, competition is improved and…

Sexual Harassment Liability and The Workplace

Sexual Harassment, Liability and The Workplace

In 2021, businesses have seen greater visibility surrounding the issue of sexual harassment within the workplace, particularly within the media and the public sphere. The impact of sexual harassment within the workplace is one that can have long-lasting ramifications on employees and employers alike. Sexual harassment is prohibited in any employment situation and relationship, with…

Protect your business intellectual property

Protect your business’ intellectual property

Intellectual property (IP) is a valuable asset to any business. It can be anything from a manufacturing process to a trade secret – it is essentially intangible proprietary property. Protecting IP has become increasingly important and the following steps are the minimum precautions you should take to keep your IP safe. Know what intellectual property…

Partnership Agreements What you need to know

Partnership Agreements: What you need to know

A partnership agreement formalises the business relationship between two partners. It can cover everything from low-level processes, up to how dispute resolution will take place in the business.   Business partners are personally liable for the business in a partnership, therefore, determining the finer details is extremely important and can prevent complications down the line. The…

Breach of employment contracts

Breach of employment contracts

Employment contracts contain terms and conditions which both the employee and employer agree upon. Ideally, this contract should be written rather than confirmed verbally to avoid miscommunications or misunderstandings. Contracts may also contain implied terms i.e. not misusing confidential information.  Employment contracts are also governed by legislation that provides further information about the minimum terms…

Dividing relationship property when you separate

Dividing relationship property when you separate

Couples going through a separation or divorce will need to properly divide their relationship property to avoid legal and financial complications down the line. Separating couples who were married, in a civil union partnership or in a de facto relationship will be affected by the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 (the PRA) when dividing relationship property.…

Conducting your business’ health check

Trusts Act 2019 – New Requirements

You will have heard many references to the new trusts bill. The bill has now been passed and is officially the Trusts Act 2019.  The provisions of the act will come into effect on 30 January 2021.  This effective date is just around the corner and is meant to allow Trustees time to ensure that…

Defamation law in New Zealand

Defamation law in New Zealand

Defamation is a statement published or spoken that negatively impacts the reputation of a person. In New Zealand, the laws of defamation are governed by the Defamation Act 1992 To have a successful defamation action, the plaintiff will need to establish that the statement was defamatory towards them and was communicated to one or more…