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Employment Relations Amendment Bill 2018 shakes up employment rights

Friday, 2 February 2018

Author: S-J Davies

The much anticipated shakeup of employment law has now emerged with the release of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill 2018 on 31 January 2018. What could it mean for you? Read more

Christmas shopping – know your consumer rights before purchasing.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Author: Che Bunce

As a consumer in New Zealand, every time you purchase goods or services from a supplier in trade, the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 provides you with certain protections against the supplier of those goods or services (and possibly against the manufacturer). This article will provide a summary of the workings of the guarantees under the Act, and of the concept of extended warranties. Read more

Can trustees of a family trust treat beneficiaries unequally?

Friday, 1 December 2017

Author: Matthew Peploe

Many family assets in New Zealand are owned by a family trust. The trustees of such trusts must comply with a wide range of duties and obligations. This article considers one of those duties, the trustee duty of impartiality, and what this duty means in practice, particularly when trustees want to distribute trust assets unequally amongst trust beneficiaries. Read more