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Trade mark renewals - it pays to be suspicious

Trade mark renewals - it pays to be suspicious

Have you recently received any official looking letters from the Patent & Trademark Organisation LLC? Treat these with suspicion. If you respond, you could end up paying exorbitant prices to renew your trade mark.

By Claire Barron - 23 Jul 2014

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Health and safety reforms - what you need to know

Health and safety reforms - what you need to know

The New Zealand health and safety regime is in the midst of major reform. Directors, CEOs and senior employees need to be aware of new duties expected to be imposed on them under the Health and Safety Reform Bill 2014, once it becomes law. This Bill prescribes significantly higher penalties up to a maximum of $600,000 and/or 5 years imprisonment for individuals. Failure to comply can lead to directors, CEOs and key employees being held personally liable. It is important to remember that as is the case under current law, insurance will not cover fines and infringement fees.

By Claire Mansell - 17 Jul 2014

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Are you a director of a company? Are you thinking about starting up a company with overseas directors or shareholders?

Are you a director of a company? Are you thinking about starting up a company with overseas directors or shareholders?

There have been recent changes to company legislation (through the Companies Amendment Act (No 4) 2014) that you need to be aware of.

By Claire Barron - 8 Jul 2014

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New District Court Rules - starting today

New District Court Rules - starting today

The District Court Rules have changed. The new Rules, which came into force today, make it easier and simpler for claimants to obtain judgment, especially when the defendant has no realistic chance of defending the claim.

By Claire Mansell - 1 Jul 2014

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Helping hands helping themselves - what to do if an employee steals from you

Helping hands helping themselves - what to do if an employee steals from you

We are increasingly hearing of stories in the media of "trusted" employees stealing from their employer. Employee theft can take different forms - from stealing cash from the till to complicated schemes involving fake invoices and fictitious employees. Whatever form it takes, employee theft is an awful experience for employers - financially and emotionally. Below are some steps we can take to minimise the damage.

By Claire Mansell - 23 Jun 2014

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Can telling a lie get you fired?

Can telling a lie get you fired?

The Court of Appeal has confirmed that a deliberate lie by an employee during an investigation into misconduct can justify dismissal. The Court recently refused leave to appeal in the case of George v Auckland Council. This case involved the dismissal of a senior employee after her employer concluded that she had lied in her explanations during a disciplinary investigation.

By Claire Mansell - 16 Jun 2014

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Supreme victory in Leaky Home case

Supreme victory in Leaky Home case

The Supreme Court has today opened the door for many more home owners to bring claims in the Weathertight Homes Tribunal (WHT). The Court ruled in favour of John and Helen Osborne who have been battling to have their leaky home claim declared eligible in the WHT. They brought their claim within ten years of a code compliance certificate (CCC) being issued by Auckland Council but their claim was found to be ineligible.

By Andrew Steele - 10 Jun 2014

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10 questions to ask before buying leasehold property

10 questions to ask before buying leasehold property

Recent reports tell of owners of million dollar properties around One Tree Hill abandoning their homes. This highlights the potential pitfalls of buying leasehold titles. In these instances the annual rent has suddenly risen, sometimes by 800% or more. This is as a result of rent reviews which are carried out at set times under the lease.

By Kay Keam - 28 Apr 2014

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New national policy on earthquake strengthening for buildings

New national policy on earthquake strengthening for buildings

The previously haphazard approach to earthquake-strengthening requirements in New Zealand has given way to a national policy. The new requirements will impose significant costs on owners of earthquake prone buildings.

By Kay Keam - 10 Apr 2014

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The redundancy process - analysis and information are key

The redundancy process - analysis and information are key

Being a good employer sometimes means making difficult choices. Decisions aimed at improving profitability and efficiency can come at the cost of someone's job. Good communication and transparency from a company is important if you're to avoid employment disputes and litigation headaches. 

By Claire Mansell - 26 Mar 2014

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