KLB News

Potpourri of Employment Law Changes Ahead

January 30, 2019

Last year saw many changes in the employment law sphere, with the Labour-led government delivering on promises of reform in this area. Of particular significance are the changes incorporated into the Employment Relations Amendment Act 2018 that was passed late last year. These changes will affect both employers and employees. We summarise some of these below.

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Construction Industry and its Tetentions Scheme

January 30, 2019

The collapse last year of Ebert Construction Limited took many in the construction industry by surprise, particularly its subcontractors who were owed retention moneys. In our Spring 2018 edition (No 50) we published an article on Ebert Construction and subcontractors which had a section on retention moneys. Since then, the High Court decision has provided some guidance on the retentions scheme under the Construction Contracts Act 2002. We explain the main aspects of that decision and how subcontractors…

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New Website for Kaimai Law Bethlehem

January 23, 2019

Kaimai Law Bethlehem are starting off 2019 with a brand new website. The new design features photos that reflect our love of our local landscapes and new profiles of our staff so our clients can get to know them better. The new site also features a revamped news section that will enable us to keep our clients abreast of important legal matters in New Zealand.
Visit the new site: https://www.klb.co.nz

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Wandering Stock

January 21, 2019

One of the perennial problems that farmers face is that of stock wandering or stock getting out and interfering with, or causing damage to, neighbouring properties. Generally speaking, the issue of having a small number of stock grazing on your land for a short time until they are put back in the neighbour’s property may not be too great a concern.

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Agri-Tourism and Food

January 21, 2019

Agri-tourism and food are growing sectors in New Zealand. We have farm tourism where tourists are shown working farms with activities such as sheep dog and shearing exhibitions. Artisan producers are growing their own products and then processing them into, say, cheese, and free-range pigs are becoming salami, bacon and ham.

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Buying a Cross Lease Property

January 21, 2019

New Zealanders love to talk about property. There are a multitude of topics relating to property that Kiwis have an intimate knowledge and understanding about which form the topic of water cooler and dinner conversation. The cross lease is just one of those many topics of conversation.

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Changes Affecting Every Buyer of Residential Land

January 21, 2019

Overseas Investment Amendment Act 2018 is now in force. The implication for you is that when you next buy residential property, there will be another layer of compliance to be completed before your property purchase goes through.

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Receivership of Construction Companies

January 21, 2019

In light of Ebert Construction’s recent receivership, not taking protective measures opens subcontractors up to recovery and enforcement issues. If you are a subcontractor, you should think about how to prevent your tools and equipment (including cranes and scaffolding) from being seized and sold by a receiver, and to ensure you have the best chance of getting paid.

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What Happens When Your Employee Wants to Retract Their Resignation?

January 21, 2019

We all know that people can sometimes say things in the heat of the moment which, on reflection, they didn’t really mean. What happens when your employee quits suddenly, perhaps by storming out of your workplace as a result of a disagreement? As an employer, can you take this as a resignation? What happens if your employee has a change of heart and wants to return to work?

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How do I Bring My Trust To an End?

January 21, 2019

It has been estimated that there are between 300,000-500,000 trusts in this country. Trusts have been established for many different reasons, including estate planning, creditor protection, to ensure access to rest home subsidies, tax benefits or for protection from relationship property claims.

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