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Relationship Property Agreements

Summer 2014

First home buyers have many difficult issues to consider. With what seems to be a constantly rising housing market, on top of increasing restrictions on the banks' ability to lend to low equity purchasers, there's no doubt the New Zealand dream of home ownership is becoming harder to achieve.

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Employee caught out by piggybacking representative's Facebook posts

Summer 2014

Once again, a recent case in the Employment Relations Authority has underscored the importance for employers of having robust media and social network policies to prevent employees getting away with posting derogatory comments about their employer or other staff on their Facebook pages.

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Annual holidays - when can you refuse a request?

Summer 2014

The Holidays Act 2003 provides that an employer must not unreasonably withhold consent to an employee's request to take annual holidays. When can an employer withhold consent without being unreasonable? A recent case, Dearsly v Encore Designer Seconds Ltd, provides a useful example of this in practice.

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Drawing the line - who pays for infrastructure?

Summer 2014

Recent amendments to the Local Government Act 2002 have addressed the contentious issue of development contributions. The changes, which have had effect from 8 August 2014 through introduction of the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Act 2014 (the 'Act'), are aimed at making development contributions 'fairer, better focused, more transparent and more workable'.

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Goods today, pay tomorrow - how can you protect your goods pending payment?

Summer 2014

Consumers want to walk away with goods on the promise to pay later. Are you offering your customers that luxury?

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Obligations when using contractors

Summer 2014

Do you know what your obligations are under the Act if you engage contractors (including where contractors engage subcontractors) and how you can prepare yourself to comply with them?

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