[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. One issue which may… Read More.

[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. Ms Blylevens was employed by Kidicorp as a Centre Manager… Read More.

[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 2014 case, Dearsly v Encore Designer Seconds Ltd, provides a useful example of this in practice. Ms Dearsly wanted to take annual… Read More.

[Summer 2014] Amendments to the Local Government Act 2002 in 2014 have addressed the contentious issue of development contributions. The changes, in force from 8 August 2014 through the 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’.… Read More.

[Summer 2014] Consumers want to walk away with goods on the promise to pay later. Are you offering your customers that luxury? If so, you may be at risk of non-payment for those goods, in addition to the loss of those goods. For example; in Blenheim, a shipment of wine is sent to a purchaser… Read More.