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Workplace bullying attacks your bottom line – how to deal with it

Posted by Shelley Eden on September 13 2019

Often I am called in to help solve bullying issues in the workplace. Usually, this is when the relationships between the parties is already close to breakdown. For instance, not long ago I helped a medical practice with an investigation into multiple complaints of bullying and sexual harassment.... Read the rest of this entry

Building sector facing significant legislative reform

Posted by Deanna Clark on September 13 2019

In a recent discussion paper, the Government identified a number of longstanding problems within the building sector including inconsistent and insufficient practices, low productivity, labour shortages and poor health and safety practices. It has therefore proposed changes to five areas of the... Read the rest of this entry

MBIE is Targeting Construction Companies

Posted by TVNZ One News on September 4 2019

MBIE is Targeting Construction Companies You might have heard in the news recently that four construction companies (CNZ Homes, Vanguard Construction, MX Construction and GL Siteworks) have all received infringement notices for breaching Employment Relations Act 2000 and Holidays Act 2003,... Read the rest of this entry

Domestic Violence Leave

Posted by Shelley Eden on March 21 2019

New type of paid leave for victims of domestic violence available from 1 April 2019 The Domestic Violence—Victims’ Protection Act 2018 will come into force on 1 April 2019. From that day, domestic violence victims will be able to take a new type of paid leave, and seek a... Read the rest of this entry

Changes to Employment Relations Amendment Bill

Posted by Shelley Eden on March 21 2019

Employment Relations Amendment Bill passes second reading Last year we wrote an article about proposed changes to the Employment Relations Act 2000 ( Click here ). The Bill passed its second reading in Parliament and came into force in December. Unionised employers should be happy... Read the rest of this entry

Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Compliance

Posted by Margaret Hellyer on July 5 2018

How New AML Legislation Affects Our Clients Why we need to ask you for information  Recent changes to the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 ( Act ) mean that from 1 July 2018, lawyers in New Zealand will be subject to the Act. The legislation... Read the rest of this entry

Business Guide to Unfair Contract Terms

Posted by Benefitz Admin on May 14 2018

If you are a business that deals with consumers and you use standard form contracts, you need to make sure your terms are fair. The Commerce Commission has recently launched a series of videos and quick guides to help businesses avoid unfair contract terms in standard form consumer contracts. Read the rest of this entry

The Overseas Investment Amendment Bill

Posted by Benefitz Admin on April 6 2018

The Overseas Investment Amendment Bill ( Bill ) was introduced to Parliament on 14 December 2017 and will amend the existing Overseas Investment Act 2005 ( Act ). The intent of the Bill is to restrict the acquisition of residential land by overseas investors and to ensure that any such... Read the rest of this entry

Minimum wage when on call

Posted by Benefitz Admin on April 4 2018

Workers entitled to be paid minimum wage for each hour when on call Community service workers are often required to undertake sleepovers as part of their role. They must remain on site overnight to be on hand to deal with any issues that arise. The law has been clear since the Court of... Read the rest of this entry

Employment relations amendment bill

Posted by Benefitz Admin on April 4 2018

Moves are underway to strengthen rights for employees, collective bargaining and union rights in the workplace In February this year the Government introduced the Employment Relations Amendment Bill to Parliament. The Bill proposes a number of changes to employment law which will affect all... Read the rest of this entry

Does your contract contain unfair terms?

Posted by Benefitz Admin on March 6 2018

The Fair Trading Act introduced provisions which came into force on 17 March 2015 prohibiting any inclusion of unfair contract terms ( unfair terms ) in standard consumer contracts. The new provisions apply to all standard consumer contracts entered into after 17 March 2015 between a business... Read the rest of this entry

NZ trust law to change – What does it mean to you?

Posted by Benefitz Admin on March 6 2018

Trust law in New Zealand is undergoing significant change. The new law will apply to old and new trusts, although there will be a transitional period for existing trusts to adapt to certain parts of the new law. The proposed changes will make trust law more accessible. It will clarify... Read the rest of this entry

New sentencing approach under Health and Safety at Work Act 2015

Posted by Benefitz Admin on November 6 2017

The recent decision in Worksafe New Zealand v Rangiora Carpets Ltd provides further guidance on sentencing under Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. Rangiora Carpets Limited was prosecuted for health and safety breaches after a worker slipped off the side of a mezzanine and fell through... Read the rest of this entry

Announcing a new appointment: Deanna Clark – Special Counsel

Posted by Benefitz Admin on October 26 2017

Shieff Angland is very pleased to announce the appointment of Deanna Clark as Special Counsel Deanna is widely experienced in property and commercial law.  As part of her experience, she spent nine years working in London in the Real Estate teams of multinational law firms doing... Read the rest of this entry

First Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 sentencing demonstrates the new legislation’s teeth

Posted by Benefitz Admin on September 12 2017

Businesses across New Zealand have been awaiting – not without some trepidation – the first sentencing under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. And the result is a significant fine, demonstrating that the Act does indeed have teeth. Budget Plastics Ltd was prosecuted... Read the rest of this entry

MBIE increasing focus on holiday pay records and Pay Equity – What’s next?

Posted by Benefitz Admin on June 22 2017

MBIE – increasing focus on holiday pay – do your systems meet the standards? Increasingly, we are seeing the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Labour Inspectorate undertaking random audits of businesses to check their holidays and leave records. There are... Read the rest of this entry

"He said, she said" - Assessing employee credibility

Posted by Benefitz Admin on April 10 2017

Guidance for employers from the Court of Appeal when faced with two conflicting stories One of the most difficult positions an employer carrying out a disciplinary process can find themselves in is having to decide which employee is most likely telling the truth when their statements of... Read the rest of this entry

Employment Law Update March 2017 – Update your employment agreements

Posted by Benefitz Admin on March 28 2017

Employers have until 1 April 2017 to update their employment agreements. In 2016 changes were made to the Employment Relations Act 2000 regarding zero-hour contracts (called availability provisions), shift cancellations, secondary employment clauses and wage deduction clauses. The... Read the rest of this entry

Announcing a new appointment: Emma Liu

Posted by Benefitz Admin on March 21 2017

As we bid farewell to Raymond Huo (a new Member of Parliament), we welcome Emma Liu – our Asian Practice Development Manager. Since her early post-university training in the city of Shanghai, Emma has traversed successful careers in financial services, marketing and property... Read the rest of this entry

Introducing a new Senior Associate

Posted by Benefitz Admin on February 19 2017

Shieff Angland are pleased to announce the appointment of Shan Langston as Senior Associate. Shan is a member of the firm’s litigation team specialising in commercial litigation. Her experience includes assisting clients in disputes relating to tortious and contractual... Read the rest of this entry