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Publication: InBrief

  • Updates in Employment Law – Recent Changes to Employers’ Obligations

    10 April 2019

    Minimum Wage:As from 1 April 2019, the minimum wage has been increased to $17.70 per hour (with the starting out or training rate increased to $14.16). Employers are required to advise any affected employees and record the change in writing. This can be done by drafting a Variation Letter for the employee to sign. A copy of the signed Variation Letter should be retained for the employer’s record, which will then be available in the event of an audit by ...

  • Tree Problem Got You Stumped?

    10 April 2019

    The law allows you to cut back any branches or roots from neighbours’ trees that are encroaching on your property. You can cut them back as far as the neighbour’s boundary. If the encroaching parts of the tree are causing any damage, you can remove the branches or roots and go to the Disputes Tribunal or District Court to claim the cost of doing the work and repairing the damage caused to your property.If your neighbours’ trees are dangerous or ...

  • Eight Pre-nuptial Myths

    10 April 2019

    There are eight things you probably didn’t know about pre-nuptials They’re only for people who are about to get married – What is commonly called and understood as “a pre-nup agreement” is for married couples, civil unions, and couples who live together in a de facto relationship; not just people about to get married. The correct name is a “contracting out agreement”, because it allows couples to “contract out” of the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 (“the Act”).  The Act governs how ...

  • Planning and Unit Titles: Intensification in Auckland

    10 April 2019

    There is a close relationship between planning or resource management and unit titles law. The overlap between the two areas of law is, however, limited, and this may affect intensification in Auckland.In New Zealand, district plans made under the Resource Management Act 1991 define where and how unit title developments should be constructed. Unit titles law deals with matters of ownership and relationships between owners in completed developments.The primary planning framework for Auckland is the Auckland Unitary Plan: Operative in ...

  • Changes to terminology in the new Land Transfer Act 2017

    30 January 2019

    While the main principles of the land registration system have been retained, the Land Transfer Act 2017 (the new Act) revises and modernises the Land Transfer Act 1952. The new Act  does this by adopting a range of reforms proposed by the Law Commission in its 2010 report.New terminology introduced under the new Act will require amendment to the ADLS-REINZ approved forms including the agreement for sale and purchase for land. Some of the changes to terminology under the new ...

  • The differences between an indemnity and guarantee

    30 January 2019

    The differences between a guarantee and an indemnity are often overlooked and underappreciated. Indeed, it is not uncommon for people to mistakenly view the two obligations as synonymous.In commercial transactions, parties are often asked or required to provide a guarantee, an indemnity, or both. These types of obligations can usually be found in everyday commercial contracts such as supply agreements and loan documents.It is, therefore, important to understand and appreciate what the differences are between a guarantee and an indemnity ...