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CHANGES TO THE CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS ACT 2002 – STAGE 2

Last year an array of amendments were made to the Construction Contracts Act 2002 (CCA), to be implemented in three stages, namely on 1 December 2015, 1 September 2016, and 31 March 2017. For our earlier bulletin with details of the Stage 1 amendments follow this link.
Written by James Hakaria at 00:00

PROPERTY INVESTORS AND OFFSHORE OWNERS - DO YOUR HOMEWORK

If you are a property investor or offshore owner of residential property in New Zealand, you may be caught by the new Residential Land Withholding Tax (RLWT) rules if you are looking to sell within two years of purchase. New rules came into force on 1 July 2016 that require RLWT to be collected on certain property sales.
Written by Stephanie Bode at 00:00

EMPLOYERS - ARE YOUR STAFF WITHOUT WRITTEN AGREEMENTS?

Despite legal requirements that all employees have a written employment agreement, thousands of New Zealand employees are still working without one, a recent survey by Statistics New Zealand has showed.
Written by Shima Grice at 00:00

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

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