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When do Directors Need to put Creditors Ahead of Shareholders?

In New Zealand, directors may become liable for reckless trading…
28/11/2022/by Tasha Fraser

Immigration Changes Overview

Immigration Changes Overview
There have been many changes in…
27/10/2022/by Tasha Fraser

Advertising your fundraising effort

Your business is thriving and you need substantial additional capital to fund the next stage of your growth. You have read up on the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 (“FMCA”) (available here) and would prefer to raise funds through one of the Schedule 1 exemptions from product disclosure statement requirements (discussed here). Being proactive, you have already approached your close business associates, relatives, and employees while also taking full advantage of your statutory small offers limit, but it is still not enough.
21/10/2022/by Tasha Fraser

Introduction to the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme

The New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (the “NZ ETS”) was introduced as a tool to combat climate change in Aotearoa New Zealand. It was created under a 2008 amendment to the Climate Change Response Act 2002 (the “Act”) with the purpose to help Aotearoa New Zealand meet its international greenhouse gas emissions obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement, and to meet its 2050 targets and emissions budgets.
18/10/2022/by Tasha Fraser

Restraint Of Trade Clauses – What You Need to Know About the Potential Incoming Changes

While the Employment Relations (Restraint of Trade) Amendment…
14/10/2022/by Kylie Shipley

Volunteer, Contractor or Employee: How do you know?

Many start-ups choose to utilise independent contractor agreements,…
11/10/2022/by Kylie Shipley

The Charities Amendment Bill: Making a submission

Introduction

With over 28,000 registered charities in New…
06/10/2022/by Tasha Fraser

The Charities Amendment Bill: Key changes

Introduction

With over 28,000 registered charities in New…
06/10/2022/by Tasha Fraser

Call Agreements and Volunteer Working Arrangements

Do Call Agreements and Volunteer Working Arrangements Automatically…
22/09/2022/by Tasha Fraser

How can Limited Partnerships help Entrepreneurs?

The Limited Partnership regime was introduced fairly recently in New Zealand through the Limited Partnership Act 2008.  As such, limited partnerships may not be as familiar to Kiwi entrepreneurs and founders.  In this article, we highlight a few of the advantages and disadvantages of choosing a limited partnership for your business structure.  In our view, they represent a relatively simple structure which can really be useful in the right situation.
14/09/2022/by Tasha Fraser

Structures for Business, which is best for you?

There are many business structure options in New Zealand, including companies, partnerships and Trusts, and you want to be sure you are picking the right one. We frequently assist clients who are considering starting a business navigate the different business structure options to find what best suits their needs. The various business structure options each have their own pros and cons. What the best structure is for you will depend on your particular circumstance, desire and purpose.
29/08/2022/by Tasha Fraser

What is a Wholesale Investor?

Companies need money, it is the fuel for the engine of their growth.  Very often they will get that money through issuing equity (shares to people who invest) or issuing debt (loans to people who provide finance).  If you do either of these activities you are offering a financial product and captured by the Financial Markets Authority and their rules which state you need to provide extensive disclosure documentation to those investing – unless an exemption applies.
17/08/2022/by Kylie Shipley

Small Businesses- Are your contract terms fair?

From 16 August 2022, the Fair Trading Amendment Act 2021 will…
03/08/2022/by Tasha Fraser

Incorporated Societies vs Charitable Trusts

Charitable trusts and incorporated societies are two common legal…
21/07/2022/by Kylie Shipley

Preliminary Decisions in Employment Dismissals – Are they required?

It is well established in New Zealand’s employment law that…
14/07/2022/by Kylie Shipley

Contractor vs Employee: The Grey Zone

Looking to hire a contractor but not sure whether they might…
14/07/2022/by Kylie Shipley

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Employers have a duty to provide employees with a safe work environment,…
23/06/2022/by Kylie Shipley

Employer Accreditation

雇主认证工作签证(“AEWV”)将于2022年7月4日推出,以减少剥削,鼓励雇主在雇用移民之前培训、雇用和提高技新西兰本地人的技能。

它将取代六类临时工作签证:

10/06/2022/by Kylie Shipley

Employer Accreditation

The Accredited Employer Work Visa (“AEWV”) will be introduced…
10/06/2022/by Kylie Shipley

Managing Employee Performance Issues

When an employee is not performing as expected, what should an…
09/06/2022/by Kylie Shipley

Heat of the moment resignations – do employees need to be given a chance to cool off?

In the midst of a meeting to discuss an employee’s performance,…
08/06/2022/by Kylie Shipley

Racial Harassment in the Workplace

Mr S was an employee, born and bred in New Zealand but of Indian…
02/06/2022/by Kylie Shipley

Built up annual leave – does an employee have to use it?

Sometimes a situation arises where an employee has built up a…
02/06/2022/by Kylie Shipley
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