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Business Guide to Unfair Contract Terms

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 more

2018-05-14T14:52:43+00:00 May 14th, 2018|News|

The Overseas Investment Amendment Bill

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 investment made by overseas persons will have [...]

2018-04-06T11:48:32+00:00 April 6th, 2018|News|

Minimum wage when on call

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 [...]

2018-04-04T11:51:25+00:00 April 4th, 2018|News|

Employment relations amendment bill

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 employers to some degree, although those organisations involved in [...]

2018-04-04T11:46:18+00:00 April 4th, 2018|News|

Does your contract contain unfair terms?

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 and a New Zealand consumer and those contracts that [...]

2018-03-06T10:31:02+00:00 March 6th, 2018|News|

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

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 and simplify core [...]

2018-03-08T09:40:40+00:00 March 6th, 2018|News|

New sentencing approach under Health and Safety at Work Act 2015

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 the false ceiling, constructed primarily of plasterboard, to [...]

2017-11-06T09:53:10+00:00 November 6th, 2017|News|

Announcing a new appointment: Deanna Clark – Special Counsel

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 complex, high quality development work.  Deanna’s experience also includes commercial [...]

2017-10-26T11:44:31+00:00 October 26th, 2017|News|

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

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 for health and safety breaches after a worker’s [...]

2017-09-12T09:11:49+00:00 September 12th, 2017|News|