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Health warning - do not underestimate the significance of “good employer” provisions in employment agreements

Friday, 4 August 2017

Author: S-J Davies

A clause in an employment agreement that the employer will be a “good employer”, looks innocuous enough and seems a nice thing to have. However it is an enforceable contractual obligation and exposes employers to risk of a penalty for breach in certain circumstances. Penalties are awarded as both a punishment and a deterrent and can range up to $20,000 for corporates and $10,000 for individuals per breach. They are not something to be risked lightly. Read more

Healthy Rivers Plan Change – What you need to know

Friday, 7 July 2017

Author: Pervinder Kaur

Water quality has consistently been identified as the key issue for the people of the Waikato region for the past two decades. Healthy River Proposed Waikato Regional Plan Change 1 is the bold response to addressing the complex issue of water quality. This plan change will affect all dairy farmers and communities in the Waikato and Waipa catchments. Read more

Gifting and residential care subsidies

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Author: Jillene Peters

From 1 October 2011 a change in The Tax Administration Act saw the abolition of gift duty. While this means that you can now transfer property freely without incurring gift duty, you do need to be aware of the implications of making large gifts, because the law relating to eligibility for residential care subsidies under the Social Security Act has not changed. Read more