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We produce a range of articles, legal publications and resources on a wide range of legal subjects and hot topics critical to our clients needs. These include briefings on key legal issues, newsletters on practice areas and industry developments via the below headings.

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A potentially transformative shift in New Zealand’s employment relations landscape The Government has announced the proposed framework for a new fair pay agreement system in New Zealand. In sum, employers and employees would be required to agree on a ‘floor’ for terms and More »
Immigration New Zealand (INZ) finally released initial details about the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) category, and the corresponding Employer Accreditation scheme, on Friday 7 May. In brief, the AEWV Category replaces six existing work visa categories, including the commonly-used Essential More »
As has been anticipated, there are some proposed changes to the Holidays Act 2003 (“the Act”) that are expected to come into effect later on this year. The changes look to double the minimum number of sick days available to employees from 5 to 10 days per annum, after they have worked More »
The main purpose of having a witness to a document is to authenticate that the person signing was in fact the person noted on the document. The implementation of electronic signatures was already common practice and with the advancement of technology, was always likely to increase in use. In New More »
The Privacy Act 2020 replaced the Privacy Act 1993, and came into force on 1 December 2020. The exponential change in the use of technology in society since 1993 together with globalisation, was a driving force for the necessary change to New Zealand’s privacy laws. The central information More »
There is a presumption often made by the will maker that they can leave the chattels they have to the executors and the family to sort out once they have died. A generic chattels clause is inserted in the will and the rest is left to chance. Let it be known that chattels division issues cause a More »
While the process of buying a used car is usually completed without legal advice, it is useful to refresh the checklist of the key points you should follow. This is particularly important if there is no intermediary, such as a used car dealership, overseeing the purchase. There are some key points More »
The announcement of the Trans-Tasman Bubble was celebrated on both sides of the Tasman, but the softening of border control measures brings a level of uncertainly and a new wave of COVID-19 related questions for employers. Here our employment team provide some guidance on what employers can and More »
We recently provided an article on the impact of COVID-19 restrictions, Ports of Auckland delays and spike in construction activity on the supply of building materials and shortage issues that were developing. Further reports this week have shown that this situation is worsening and is likely to be More »
From 1 April 2021, the adult minimum wage will be increasing from $18.90 to $20 per hour. At the same time, the starting-out and training minimum wages (which are restricted to very limited groups of employees) will increase from $15.12 to $16 per hour. The key for employers will be to ensure all More »
Yesterday, the Government announced a range of measures designed to address supply and demand in the housing market, including a number of tax changes. In a significant departure from previous practice some of these tax changes were announced as having almost immediate effect, including: The More »
Duncan Cotterill is a member of TerraLex, one of the largest legal networks in the world, providing access to more than 19,000 legal professionals world-wide. Our role in this global network means we can provide our international clients with easy access to specialised local expertise in almost any More »
The long-awaited Incorporated Societies Bill was introduced to Parliament on Wednesday 17 March and is about to have its first reading. This Bill has been highly anticipated by our community of not-for-profit and community organisations. This Bill will replace the Incorporated Societies Act 1908, More »
The Government has confirmed its intention to repeal the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) and replace it with three new pieces of legislation. The Minister for the Environment, David Parker explains that the changes are set to “improve the natural environment, enable more development within More »
The current primary legislation for holidays and leave is the Holidays Act 2003. However, not only is this Act considered to be outdated, it has also long been criticised for its complexity. In 2018, the Government appointed a taskforce to review the legislation and recommend changes, and the More »

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