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DIRECTORS, ARE YOU INDEMNIFIED?

The risk of legal liability that directors are exposed to is increasing, particularly with the introduction of new or amended legislation, such as the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.
Written by Kylie van Heerden at 00:00

DIRECTORS, CHIEF EXECUTIVES AND MANAGERS - HEALTH AND SAFETY IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY

Directors, Chief Executives and Managers - Health and safety is your responsibility! On 4 April 2016 the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 comes into force. This means that you only have a couple of weeks to ensure that your business complies with the new legal requirements. Will you be ready?
Written by Shima Grice at 14:00

RESIDENT DIRECTOR REQUIREMENTS IN FULL FORCE AS OF 28 OCTOBER

As of 28 October 2015 all companies must now have ensured they have at least one director that either: - Lives in New Zealand; or - Lives in Australia and is a director of a company incorporated in Australia.
Written by Kylie van Heerden at 11:00

NEW EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS BILL INTRODUCED

On 13 August the Government has introduced the Employment Standards Legislation Bill for fairer and more productive workplaces.
Written by Shima Grice at 11:00

FIVE KEY CHANGES TO THE HEALTH AND SAFETY REFORM BILL

We now have some certainty about the future of health and safety law in New Zealand: on Friday the Transport and Industrial Select Committee finally reported back on the Bill.
Written by Shima Grice at 11:00

CHANGES TO COMPLIANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR DIRECTORS

The Companies Amendment Act 2014 has introduced two key changes to compliance requirements for directors:
Written by Kylie van Heerden at 12:00

FIRST HOME BUYERS - KIWISAVER CHANGES YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

Most first home buyers will be aware that you can withdraw Kiwisaver funds to apply towards your first home purchase. You should also be aware that changes on 1 April 2015 mean that you can get even more!
Written by Brooke Courtney at 15:00

EMPLOYER ALERT MINIMUM WAGE SET TO INCREASE

The minimum wage is set to increase on 1 April 2015. Employers should take the time now to ensure that they will have the correct rate information going forward.
Written by Shima Grice at 00:00

THE FINANCIAL MARKETS CONDUCT ACT - ARE YOU READY FOR THE TRANSITION?

The full force of the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 (“FMC Act”) came into effect on 1 December 2014. If you are an issuer of securities you will need to ready yourself for the transition to the FMC Act.
Written by James Moran at 11:00

6 CHANGES TO THE EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS ACT COMING ON 6TH MARCH

On 6 March 2015 the Employment Relations Act is changing. Here are the 6 key changes: 1. Refinements to employers’ disclosure obligations The duty of good faith in section 4 will be amended to extend the circumstances in which an employer may refuse to disclose information to an employee whose position is being restructured. Employers will be entitled to withhold confidential information about a person other than the affected employee, but only if it involves unwarranted disclosure of the affairs of that other person. This amendment addresses the conflicting obligations to disclose personal information under the Act and the duty not to disclose personal information under the Privacy Act.
Written by Shima Grice at 10:00

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