The Employment Relations Amendment Act 2018 (“Amendment Act”) was passed into law on 5 December 2018. The Amendment Act makes many changes to the existing Employment Relations Act 2000 (“Act”) regarding employees’ rights in the workplace and collective bargaining rights. Of particular importance to employers, on 6 May 2019 the Amendment Act makes changes to…Details
Virtually all business transactions make use of a contract in some form. Some deals are sealed with a handshake and spoken word, others require written terms and signatures. The type of contract the parties are willing to use depends on the nature of the relationship and the transaction involved.Details
We can spend an age designing and choosing the names, colours, symbols and other marks of our businesses. After all that thought, planning and creativity it should follow that the final step we take is to do whatever is needed to protect those marks. One such step is to register your trade mark, and its unexpectedly easy.Details
The FMCG businesses we deal with when assisting with the sales process are usually a dairy, superette, or supermarket. Often a lawyer gets involved at the time the purchaser is doing their due diligence on a business. That is when an FMCG business is subject to scrutiny by the lawyer or accountant for a purchaser. Being prepared well before selling makes the sale process smoother, and maximises the sale price.Details
When listing their homes for sale, New Zealanders will do everything they can to get the best price. The same should apply when you are selling your franchise businessDetails
An important process that often accompanies a sale of a business is landlord consent to the assignment of lease. Often it is taken as a given that the landlord will consent without much thought. But what are the parties’ rights and obligations when a landlord does in fact withhold consent?Details
The Income Tax Act 2007 covers the application of fringe benefit tax (FBT) to the provision of motor vehicles by employers to employees. FBT arises when an employer makes a work motor vehicle available to an employee for private use, in connection with the employment relationship.Details
On 19 April 2017 the Immigration Minister announced changes to the immigration rules. These changes relate to the skilled migrant category where people wanting to work and live in New Zealand must garner sufficient points to meet a qualification threshold. They take effect from 14 August 2017.Details
Enduring a big development going on next door can be a very difficult situation for a business owner. The issue becomes more complex to resolve as property owners are dealing with not one person, but a minefield of contractors, companies, and developers.Details
What’s in a domain name?
Your business’ online presence is becoming increasingly important. But it’s also becoming more vulnerable. This article talks about the ways you can protect your business’ name and reputation online. Most important of all is your domain name – the “www.” address customers type or click on to go to your website.
First how your business might be vulnerable.
If you purchase goods and services from a supplier, it is very likely that the supplier will require you to sign a contract and their terms of trade before they make any supply….Details
In the past employers have been able to employ people on contracts which do not offer a set minimum number of hours a week but require the employee to be ‘on call’ to work if needed….Details
Many small businesses come into being by two people combining their skills and expertise. Taking one person’s ideas and complementing that with another person’s hands-on approach can…Details
If you want to sell or supply alcohol for consumption off premises you will be required to apply for the grant of an off–licence from your District Licensing Committee. Examples of off–licence…Details
The majority of changes implemented by the new Food Act 2014 come into effect over a three year transition period after 1 March 2016. Food retailers and food service businesses should…Details
When you advertise a product you will now have to think twice before making bold marketing statements following a recent Court of Appeal decision….Details
Recent changes to the FTA address issues such as a prohibition on unsubstantiated representations; new rules relating to online sales and disclosures; new rules on extended warranty….Details
A recent review of the Law of Trusts carried out by the Law Commission makes 51 recommendations including replacement of the Trustee Act 1956 with a new Act. Its recommendation for…Details