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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.

ONE TOO MANY AT THE OFFICE PARTY? FEELING SHEEPISH?

You may recall that taxpayers were left to foot the bill for $700 worth of damage to two model sheep at the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment’s Christmas party last year – we will draw the line at speculating how that damage may have been done. So, with Christmas fast approaching, how do you ensure your office party antics don’t hit the headlines when your employees hit the booze?
Written by Shima Grice at 13:00

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

BUYING LAND? BEWARE OF THESE HIDDEN COSTS

Building a new home is an exciting (and potentially expensive) project. So it’s important to check the land you intend to build on is suitable before you buy it. Soil type and land contour can vary dramatically in the Bay of Plenty. The region was once home to many farms and orchards and not all sections are straight-forward to build on.
Written by Hamish Murray at 11:00

SEPTEMBER IS WILLS MONTH - DO YOU HAVE A WILL?

Do you have a Will? Did you know that if you die without a Will, the law says what will happen to your assets? There is no guarantee your wishes will be carried out. Even the best laid plans can see family left behind dealing with more stress than they need to.
Written by Janine McTainsh at 12:00
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STAY SHARP SPRING EDITION

Stay Sharp’s spring edition has useful legal tips popping up like daffodils. Property Partner Hamish Murray is a bright spark talking about “bright line” tests which will determine whether you have to pay tax on a residential property transaction. Property Associate Brooke Courtney advises individuals and trusts to have IRD numbers handy when undertaking property transactions or you may be unable to settle and may incur penalties. Commercial Partner Kylie van Heerden is a good sort who is about to abseil down a tall building to raise funds for the Foundation for Youth Development. The consequences of a premature exit without a will are described (not in relation to Kylie). And Employment Partner Shima Grice gives the Readers Digest version of the new Employment Standards Bill and its effect on your workplace.
Written by Janine McTainsh at 11:00

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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

PASSING AWAY WITHOUT A WILL - WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR ESTATE?

When a person passes away without a Will, the Administration Act 1969 (Act) sets out how the Estate of the deceased will be distributed. Firstly, the family (or other potential representatives) need to determine the value of the assets in the Estate. Where the value is less than $15,000 the process is more straightforward, and letters of administration are not required. For Estates worth more than $15,000, letters of administration will need to be obtained.
Written by Default at 11:00
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DO'S AND DON'TS OF DEALING WITH SICKLY STAFF

A recent TVNZ article has highlighted the fact that some employers have begun encouraging staff not to take sick leave by giving them an end of year bonus. What it didn’t discuss is how to deal with employees who continue to come to work, despite being clearly unwell.
Written by Shima Grice at 08:00

WHO IS THE FINANCIAL MARKETS AUTHORITY?

A recent survey by the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) showed that 61% of New Zealanders had not heard of them. The FMA is an independent Crown entity in charge of ensuring public confidence in our financial markets and supporting the growth of our capital base in New Zealand.
Written by James Moran 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

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