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Why and How to Consider Subdividing Your Farm

Your farmland is your most valuable asset. It may have provided your family with a quality life for generations and

Further Adjustments to Responsible Lending Laws Proposed

The Government has announced a further round of changes to the responsible lending laws which were implemented last year. This

The ‘Green List’ Occupations Residency Pathway

In 2020, at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Government decided to restrict migration into New Zealand and suspended

Check Your Small Business Contracts Now for Unfair Terms

On 16 August 2022, the most important provisions of the Fair Trading Amendment Act 2021 (“Amendment Act”) will come into

Caution Needed When Advertising to Wholesale Investors

On 30 June, the High Court upheld a Financial Markets Authority (FMA) order requiring property and development company Du Val

Conduct of Institutions Bill Passed

The Financial Markets (Conduct of Institutions) Amendment Act (“the Act”) came into force on 29 June 2022. The Act introduces

Proposed Class Action and Litigation Funding Regime

Over recent years, the growing number of funded representative actions has resulted in much wrangling in court with procedural issues

New Consumer Credit Laws Amended

In December 2021, the Government implemented changes to consumer credit laws, including extending suitability and affordability requirements across all lending

New Three Waters Reform Legislation Introduced

Last week the Government made a significant step in advancing their Three Waters Reform agenda by introducing the Water Services

The New Accredited Employer Work Visa

The immigration sector is to undergo an overhaul with the introduction of the new Accredited Employer Work Visa (“AEWV”) on

Probationary Periods

In a previous article discussing 90 day trial periods, we noted that if you have 20 or more employees you

Retail Payment System Bill Enacted

Small merchant businesses often struggle with the burden of service fees for using retail payment networks such as Visa and

New Whistleblower Bill Passed

The long-awaited Protected Disclosures (Protection of Whistleblowers) Bill 2020 (“the Bill”) was passed on 10 May 2022, coming into force

Are 90 Day Trial Periods Right for You?

90 day trial periods can be very useful tools as they allow employers to find out whether an employee is

Trustees: New Disclosures and Mandatory Financial Statements for Trusts this Year

Last year, the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) imposed new requirements for disclosures and the preparing of financial statements by trusts.

Modern Slavery and Worker Exploitation Bill in the Works

This month, the Government announced that it planned to introduce legislation to address modern slavery and worker exploitation. The Bill

You May Need to Reconsider Vaccine Mandates

Following the imposition of changes to the COVID-19 Protection Framework made on April 4, which included changes to the vaccination

Changes to the COVID-19 Protection Framework

As of April 4th, major changes to Covid-19 rules and restrictions have come into effect. All of New Zealand remains

Fair Pay Agreements Bill Introduced

The Fair Pay Agreements Bill (the Bill) has just been introduced to Parliament after several years of discussion and public

Russia Sanctions Now In Effect

On Friday 18 March, the first slew of sanctions made under the Russia Sanctions Act 2022 came into effect, through

Consultation Open for Insurance Contracts Bill

On February 24, the Government released an exposure draft of the proposed Insurance Contracts Bill (“the Bill”) and an accompanying

Consultation Open for Proposed Income Insurance Scheme

In February this year, the Government, supported by Business New Zealand and the Council of Trade Unions, proposed the introduction

COVID-19 Support Payment Now Available

The Omicron variant of the Covid-19 virus is now sweeping the country, causing large scale disruption to workforces and supply

Managing Staffing in Phase 2

As of 15 February, New Zealand is now in Phase 2 of its Omicron response. Phase 2 is focused on

Close Contact Exemption Scheme now Available

New Zealand has now moved into Phase 2 of its Omicron Response. This means that the Close Contact Exemption Scheme

Lender’s Advertising Arrangements Deemed Cartel Conduct

Cartel conduct is usually thought of as referring to classic anti-competitive arrangements such as fixing the prices of products or

Lessons for Employers from the Tova O’Brien Restraint of Trade Case

Restraint of trade clauses in employment agreements can be vital tools for employers in protecting their proprietary interests when an

COVID Red Traffic Light – What does this mean?

General  New Zealand moved to the red traffic light setting at 11:59pm on Sunday 23 January 2021 to protect us

Managing the Holidays

The festive season is here again and with it comes the task of managing public holidays, Christmas closedowns and annual

New Employment and Vaccination Law Released

The Government's promised new law regarding vaccination requirements in employment has now been released, and is expected to be passed

On to the Traffic Lights

On December 3, New Zealand will move to the new COVID-19 Protection Framework, otherwise known as the Traffic Light system.

High Court Upholds Freedom of Movement in MIQ Case

In September 2020, the Government issued the Covid-19 Public Health Response (Isolation and Quarantine) Order 2020 (“the Order”), which requires

Rent Abatement Provision Passed

On October 28, Parliament passed the COVID-19 Response (Management Measures) Legislation Bill. It contained a provision that implies clauses that

New Rules and Guidance for Requiring Workplace Vaccination

The Government has made a number of announcements about mandatory vaccination in the workplace in order to prepare businesses and

Court of Appeal Overturns Employment Court Decision on Incentive Payments and Holiday Pay in Favour of Employer

Employers would have been greatly relieved this week to learn of the Court of Appeal's decision to reverse the ruling

FMA Issues Guidance on Advertising Financial Products

In recent times the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) has been engaged in a concerted effort to facilitate conduct by financial

NZS3910:2013 in COVID Times

NZS3910:2013 is a schedule of standard form conditions of contract for incorporation into construction contract documents provided by Standards New

Fair Trading Amendment Act Now in Force

On 16 August, several major provisions of the Fair Trading Amendment Act 2021 (Amendment Act) came into force. The Amendment

Rent Relief Amendment Introduced

Many commercial leases allow for an abatement of rent where the tenant is unable to access the premises to fully

Privacy Commissioner Issues First Compliance Notice

The Privacy Act 2020 (the Act) has been in force since 1 December 2020. The Act provided a number of

Complying with Mandatory Sign-in Requirements and the Privacy Act

A recently enacted Public Health Order introduces mandatory requirements for all businesses to have record-keeping systems in place to record

Wage Subsidy #3

Auckland's Level 4 lockdown is set to continue until at least 11:59 on Tuesday 21 September, after which it will

Second Resurgence Support Payment Available Soon

As the long tail of the Delta outbreak drags on and the country remains in elevated Alert Levels, many businesses

“Delta” Level 2

At 11:59pm on Tuesday 7 September, all of New Zealand except for Auckland will go down to Alert Level 2.

COVID-19: August 2021 Lockdown – Financial Support Available for Businesses

There are several forms of financial support available for businesses during the 2021 Covid-19 lockdown, below is a summary outlining

Government Extends Financial Support for Businesses

The Delta outbreak is still far from over and higher alert level restrictions remain in place across the country. Accordingly,

Can Employers Require Vaccinations?

After a slow start the New Zealand vaccine roll-out is now charging ahead, spurred on by the Delta outbreak. The

Returning to Alert Level 3

All of New Zealand went down to Alert Level 3 yesterday, except for Northland which will go to Level 3

Business at Alert Level 4

The Government has decided that all of New Zealand south of Auckland will be in Alert Level 4 until 11:59pm

Returning to Alert Level 4

Well, here we go again. After an almost miraculous Covid-free run, Covid-19 has once again been detected in the community.

Court Guidance from Lockdown “No Access” Rent Abatement Case

“No Access” lease clauses provide for an abatement of rent while the tenant is unable to access the premises. Covid-19

Fair Trading Amendment Bill Passes Second Reading

The Fair Trading Amendment Bill ('the Bill'), which will amend the Fair Trading Act 1986, has now passed its second

The New Business Continuity Test for Carrying Forward Tax Losses

The new “Business Continuity Test” which allows businesses to carry forward tax losses despite a change of ownership has now

Consumer Data Right on the Way

The Government has decided to establish a Consumer Data Right (CDR) in New Zealand to give individuals and businesses greater

Alert for Employers and Employees: Employment reforms in 2021

Minimum wage increase in effect from 1 April 2021 On 1 April 2021 the Adult Minimum Wage increased to $20.00

The Bright-Line Changes

It is no secret that New Zealand is in the midst of a housing crisis. The housing crisis has been

The Incorporated Societies Bill – what you need to know

The Government has recently introduced the Incorporated Societies Bill into Parliament. The Bill has been long-awaited, having been out for

Later life relationships

Later life relationships can be fulfilling and rewarding but may involve challenges from children and grandchildren specifically arising from expectations

The Times They are a-Changin

The Times They are a-Changin’ – the proposed Climate Change Adaptation Act With the Government now confirming the repeal and

The Property Law Act 2007 – for landlords and tenants

If your business leases land, either as a landlord or tenant, you also need to be familiar with The Property

Your Business and the Law

What laws apply? Your Lawlink lawyer will be able to advise you about the specific legal requirements that apply to

Corporate Governance

What is corporate governance? Corporate governance is the general reference to all the issues facing directors and boards in directing

Family Trusts

Should you have a Family Trust? One of the few certainties in life is change. Although change can be exciting,

Running a trust

Once your trust has been established it is very important that it is administered properly. Your trust achieves its objectives

The FR guide to estates

When someone dies the following steps have to be taken: The will should be read to make sure that you

COVID-19 UPDATE Alert level 1

Frequently asked questions At alert level 1, all business, schools, and other organisations can operate without restrictions in place. Everyone

COVID-19 Update: What employers need to know

Alert Level 1 Frequently Asked Questions As we all adjust to the “new normal”, it is more important than ever

COVID-19 UPDATE – Wage Subsidy Extension

Wage Subsidy Extension On 14 May the Government announced the Wage Subsidy Extension scheme as part of its COVID-19 Response

Alert Level 2 begins today!

This week and next will have more employees returning to the workplace. However, the rules remain the same - only

COVID-19 UPDATE Alert level 2

Frequently asked questions Under Alert Level 2 the same rules will apply. Businesses can reopen if they can do so

Initial advice on Level 2

What does Alert Level 2 mean for my business? The government redefined what Alert Level 2 will involve several days

Restructuring during COVID-19

As we work through Alert Level 3 and (hopefully) towards Level 2, we see more and more businesses opening and

COVID-19 UPDATE – Employee Scenarios

Employee 1: is working in an essential service or is able to fully work from home. Company is functioning as

COVID-19 UPDATE Alert level 3 – Health & safety

Frequently asked questions The Government set out new guidelines for New Zealanders when we move down from Level 4 restrictions.

COVID-19 UPDATE Alert level 3

Frequently asked questions Read full opinion

COVID-19 UPDATE Frequently asked questions

General overview While there are many new processes, terms and mechanisms for us to get our heads around – including

New residential tenancy laws: What renters and landlords need to know

Under the Covid-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Act 2020, the government has significantly altered the law governing residential tenancies.

Government changes for commercial leases

The government will, from 27 April, introduce the legislation making the following changes with respect to the termination of commercial

COVID-19: Your guide to level three and three-quarters

Yesterday the government set out new guidelines for New Zealanders when we move down from level four restrictions. While many

Hire purchases and mortgages? What happens if payments are affected by COVID 19?

Hardship is becoming a fact of life in the era of Covid-19. Lost income is making meeting debt obligations more

Update: Rent abatements and sixth edition leases

Landlords and tenants are, unsurprisingly, anxious for clarity on the situation around rent abatement under the Auckland District Law Society

How do you find a quorum in a pandemic?

With the country still being in an effective lockdown for the next few weeks, companies, incorporated societies, charities and other