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Welcome to the Sharp Tudhope Lawyers' blog. Here you will find  topical information and advice relating to a wide range of areas of law, written by our legal experts.

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

STAY SHARP AUGUST 2016

The long winter days are finally coming to an end and the extra little bit of daylight after 5pm is just great! September is Wills Month in New Zealand and in this issue of Stay Sharp we take the opportunity to remind clients that have an existing Will and would like to review it or make changes, our team are happy to help.
Written by Janine McTainsh at 00:00

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REGIONAL GROWTH AND THE TAURANGA NORTHERN LINK A HOT TOPIC

As a resident of Omokoroa, the annual net migration statistics published recently confirming an inflow into New Zealand of circa 69,000 people over the last twelve months comes as no surprise.
Written by Hamish Murray at 00:00

WHAT IF YOU OWED STAFF $20 MILLION IN BACK PAY?

That is the bill faced by New Zealand Aluminium Smelters, the owners of Tiwai Point aluminium smelter, for years of underpayments, according to this week’s NZ Herald.
Written by Sophie Harrigan at 00:00

THERE IS A COURT IN NEW ZEALAND THAT LAWYERS ARE NOT ALLOWED INTO...

There is a Court in New Zealand that lawyers are not allowed into….. And it is the same Court that decides the vast majority of all legal disputes in New Zealand. The name of the Court is the Disputes Tribunal. Formerly known as the Small Claims Court, the Tribunal was set up as an efficient and cost effective way to decide disputes between individuals, companies and trusts up to the value of $15,000. I was privileged to be appointed as a Referee to the Disputes Tribunal for two years.
Written by Michelle Urquhart at 00:00

STAY SHARP MID-WINTER EDITION

Keep in touch with with our latest newsletter hot off the press.
Written by Janine McTainsh at 00:00

EMPLOYERS: TAKE THE TIME NOW TO MAKE SURE YOU CALCULATE HOLIDAY PAY CORRECTLY!

Does your business pay overtime, bonuses or commissions to employees? If the answer is yes, then read on to ensure your employee’s don’t have a claim for more holiday pay. Most employers will be aware of the recent media reporting in relation to underpaid holiday pay for more than 24,000 public and private sector workers.
Written by Shima Grice at 09:00

DISTRIBUTION 101 FOR EXPORTERS

Many of you would have seen the launch of the Zespri Bay of Plenty Export NZ Awards 2016, with the big event to take place on 24 June 2016. We have some incredibly successful exporters in this region who know all about the importance of having distribution arrangements based on more than just a hand shake at a trade show. For those new to exporting, it can be hard to know where to start and the prospect of engaging a lawyer to draft a Distribution Agreement can be daunting, especially when you can think of much better uses of your often limited cash flow.
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

STONEWOOD HOMES IN LIQUIDATION - 4 MUST DO'S FOR CREDITORS

The recent liquidation of Stonewood Homes is a reminder to all creditors, whether in the building industry or not, to have the best chance of recovering your costs you should:
Written by Mark O'Donnell at 10:00

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