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October 3, 2019
Measles is a highly contagious illness as we can see from current news reports about the spread of the disease. Your workplace may well already be impacted by this disease, either due to employees becoming ill, being absent to care for family members or possibly due to the nature of the business…
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October 3, 2019
The government has recently made changes to the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 (the “Act”) to prevent money laundering and terrorism financing within various businesses and professions (including lawyers, accountants and real estate agents). The Act aims to…
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October 3, 2019
The Court of Appeal recently looked at the question of whether an employer can pay out a notice period during a trial period. The answer is yes, if the employment agreement provides for this. The employment agreement in question provided for 4 weeks’ notice of termination. The employer terminated…
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October 3, 2019
Working with customers to get their tax right is IRD’s preferred approach. However, when all other avenues fail, we consider taking prosecution action.IRD has more than 90 cases before the courts as of the end of June and sentences have been handed down over recent months for tax evasion and other…
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October 3, 2019
Inland Revenue Department and the Accident Compensation Corporation are calling ‘time’ on cheques.From March next year, IRD and ACC will no longer accept payments by cheque from customers who are able to use alternative payment options. IRD received more than 430,000 cheques last financial year,…
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October 3, 2019
The Great Auckland Duck Race The 2019 Great Auckland Duck Race on Sunday 20 October at Vector Wero Whitewater Park. This event is a fundraiser for the Life Education Trust who work with schools in Counties Manukau, and Chester Grey have sponsored a Duck that will be entered into the Business Race.…
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October 3, 2019
It’s easy to fall for and can go unnoticed. But if you know what to look for and put these four security measures in place, you’ll be in a good position to keep you and your business safe. The scam Last year, CERT NZ received a report from a small business that was receiving emails from…
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October 3, 2019
Changes to self-employed leviesACC are making some changes to how they levy self-employed customers. If you're self-employed, and on the basic cover (CoverPlus) - you won't be receiving a 2019/20 invoice this year. How your CoverPlus levy is changing Previously, ACC levied self-employed people…
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July 26, 2019
Insurance is about getting the right amount into the right hands at the right time. If we have an insurance claim we want to know how much will be paid out and to whom. Any delays in payment are frustrating. It is important the documentation aligns with the desired outcome. Recently two…
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July 26, 2019
If you buy a property at a mortgagee sale, be aware that you are entering a contract that is quite different in its nature to an agreement entered into in other circumstances. The agreement is likely to be weighed heavily in the mortgagee’s favour because mortgagee sales involve factors outside…
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July 26, 2019
I’m not a litigation lawyer and don’t profess to be an expert on arbitration. However, it may be useful for me to share some thoughts. It’s common to include a dispute resolution clause in many types of commercial contracts. There are a variety of types of clause. Different lawyers have different…
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July 26, 2019
Inland Revenue will gain greater powers to alert savings providers if a KiwiSaver investor is on the wrong tax rate, under new legislation introduced to Parliament.Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says the administration of the tax system has markedly improved as a result of the new information…
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July 26, 2019
Inland Revenue is warning customers to be on guard against a new and convincing e-mail scam that surfaced over the weekend. The e-mail offers tax refunds and Inland revenue spokesperson Sharon Thompson says it appears to be a very wide spread scam. “We’ve received more than 900 reports over the…
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July 26, 2019
Most Kiwis would look at the Holden Colorado and consider it to be a pretty big, pretty capable vehicle. But, there's always room to ramp things up.Clearly, this mindset was somewhat present when Holden New Zealand and their partners at the Auckland-based Retro Vehicle Enhancement got together to…
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July 26, 2019
Reforms to tax rules designed to ensure greater fairness in residential investment have now passed into law. This confirms the Government’s commitment to restrict the ability of investors in residential property to offset tax losses from their rental properties. Rental property losses will not…
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July 26, 2019
Mike KingOur congratulations go to Mike King for being awarded the Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in the Queens Birthday Honours list this year.Mike received this honour for his services to mental health awareness and suicide prevention. Mike is a comedian, television…
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May 16, 2019
A key to a successful investment experience is understanding how markets behave and developing the discipline to avoid rash decisions based on short time periods. The recent performance of the Australia and New Zealand share markets drives this home. There was a distinctly gloomy tone to media…
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May 16, 2019
A property that has been used to manufacture methamphetamine, or has had methamphetamine smoked inside, can be contaminated with methamphetamine residue that can be present on the surfaces inside the property. A property used for manufacturing this illicit drug has different health implications…
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May 16, 2019
Employment law is still currently giving rise to more noteworthy issues than other areas of commercial law. This recent Employment Court case sounds a warning for employers who have ignored changes in employment law. NZ Post employees were required to be available for overtime work on any normal…
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May 16, 2019
A Christchurch businessman who lost just over $895,000 gambling has been sentenced to three years imprisonment after pleading guilty to tax evasion charges. Chung Tuyen La traded as a chicken and fish wholesaler under the name Wycola Chicken. He admitted knowingly providing false information to…
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