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Sustainable growth: Government announces protections for highly productive land

By: Kirstie Wyss, Jesse Aimer

The Government has recently announced a proposal to protect highly productive land and ensure it is maintained for future primary production through the introduction of a proposed National Policy Statement for Highly Productive Land.

Three tips for breaches of contract

By: Jeremy Johnson

Jeremy Johnson, Partner at Wynn Williams talks to Jake Millar, CEO of Unfiltered about three tips for how best to resolve a breach of contract. The video includes documenting everything from the beginning, checking the contract multiple times and hoping for the best, but planning for the worst.

Employees’ rights under triangular employment relationships expanded

By: Anthony Drake

New Zealand’s response to the age of flexibility is a new law that will come into force on 27 June 2020 which will enable employees to raise a personal grievance against any organisation that has the ability to direct or control the employee’s day-to-day work.

Five tips before you sign a new lease

By: Matthew Couch

Matthew Couch, Partner at Wynn Williams talks to Jake Millar, CEO of Unfiltered about five tips to bear in mind before signing a new commercial lease. The video includes researching what ongoing obligations you may have, checking the premises will offer exactly what you are looking for and ensuring you don’t end up with a “hard ratchet”.

Dealing with NZTA disputes – cooperate or litigate?

By: Joshua Shaw, Courtney Donaldson

In October 2018 the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) announced that it was undertaking an extensive review of its 850 open compliance files. This announcement came with the message that the NZTA would be toughening up its compliance regime and would no longer be prioritising education over enforcement.

Distinguishing between employees and independent contractors

By: Anthony Drake

The application of the Employment Relations Act 2000 and different tax treatment are key reasons it is important to correctly establish whether a person is an employee or an independent contractor. This article looks at how to distinguish between them.

Social media trolling: an employer’s responsibilities

By: Anthony Drake

There is an increasing prevalence of internet trolling where thoughtless, cruel and harmful messages are posted. This creates challenges and responsibilities for employers to keep employees, whose job it is to be online, safe from pernicious trolling and hateful tweets.

How do you protect your ideas?

By: Jeremy Johnson

Jeremy Johnson, Partner at Wynn Williams talks to Jake Millar, CEO of Unfiltered about two things to think about when creating IP. The video includes what steps you can take to protect your IP and how to ensure international protection of your ideas.

Supreme Court decides reinstatement benefits cannot be assigned

By: Emily Walton, Richard Hargreaves

The Supreme Court has decided the case of Xu v IAG NZ Ltd against the homeowners by a 3:2 majority.

How should you structure your business? Contractors versus employees

By: Anthony Drake

Anthony Drake, Partner at Wynn Williams talks to Jake Millar, CEO of Unfiltered about how to structure your business. 

Five tips for entrepreneurs

By: Nick Kovacevich

Nick Kovacevich, Partner at Wynn Williams talks to Jake Millar, CEO of Unfiltered about his top five tips for entrepreneurs. The video includes the importance of having a shareholder’s agreement, looking after your intellectual property and why people are the most important aspect of your business.

Review with caution: trade competitors and judicial review under the Resource Management Act 1991

By: Mike Doesburg, Jesse Aimer

A recent High Court decision demonstrates the difficulties faced by trade competitors, with ulterior commercial motives, challenging decisions made under the Resource Management Act 1991 (Act).

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