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Commercial E-Speaking

Commercial-eSpeaking-Spring-17.pdf

September 2017

Commercial eSpeaking Spring 2017

Inside:

  • FATCA - Many New Zealand business and trusts must complete registration and understand their reporting obligations
  • How to Recover Undisputed Debts
  • Business Briefs:
    • Employment (Pay Equity and Equal Pay) Bill
    • Contracts and Commercial Law Act now in force
    • Security Cameras 

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If you would like to know more or would like to discuss a particular topic, please do not hesitate to contact us on 03 441 0125 or Queenstown@mactodd.co.nz.

Commercial-eSpeaking-Winter-2017.pdf

May 2017

Commercial eSpeaking Winter 2017

Inside:

  • Budget 2017 - an overview
  • Shareholders' Agreements: Relationship property for companies
  • Business Briefs:

            - It will all come out in the wash: non-compliance with minimum employment standards

            - Further Takeovers Code relief on the way for small companies

            - Employee share schemes, your time is up

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If you would like to know more or would like to discuss a particular topic, please do not hesitate to contact us on 03 441 0125 or queenstown@mactodd.co.nz. 

Commercial-eSpeaking-Summer-2017.pdf

January 2017

Commercial eSpeaking Summer 2017

Inside:

  • What to do When the Earth has Moved - we provide some points to keep in mind if you own, or are a tenant in, a commercial building affected by earthquake damage
  • Greater Focus on Lender Responsibility for Consumer Credit: Changes to the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act 2003
  • Business Briefs:
    • Overseas Investment Office makes changes to streamline the investment and consent process. The new class exemptions come into force on 1 February
    • Limited partnerships become popular

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In addition to this, you will have read the government is to raise the minimum wage 50c to $15.75 from 1 April onwards. This news came out after we'd put Commercial eSpeaking together.

If you'd like to know more about any of these topics, or indeed any business law matter, please get in touch with us.  We are always happy to help.

Commercial-eSpeaking-Spring-2016.pdf

September 2016

Commercial eSpeaking Spring 2016

In this edition:

  • Important changes in construction law now in force
  • Directors' duties - how far is far enough?
  • Business Briefs:
    • Alert: Put a start date on your employment contracts
    • Employee share scheme tax update
    • An unsettling agreement - employees can bring a claim for breach of minimum entitlements even after signing a settlement agreement
    • When does a director 'live in New Zealand'?

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If you would like to know more or would like to discuss a particular topic, please do not hesitate to contact us on 03 441 0125 or queenstown@mactodd.co.nz

NZLaw-Commercial-Feb-2016.pdf

February 2016

Commercial eSpeaking Summer 2016

In this edition:

  • Creditors of Insolvent Companies: The Fences & Kerbs case may help you
  • New Health and Safety at Work Act 2015: Significant changes for organisations with volunteers
  • Business Briefs:

        -  Employment law changes: are you up-to-date?

        -  Update on financial markets overhaul

        -  Incorporated societies reform ahead

 

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If you would like to talk with us on any of these topics, or indeed on any other legal matter, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We are always happy to help.

Commercial-eSpeaking-Spring-2015-MacTodd.pdf

September 2015

Commercial eSpeaking Spring 2015

In this edition:

  • Changes to Health and Safety Law are on Their Way
  • Business Interruption Insurance: Make sure you have a well thought-out policy
  • Business Briefs:

        -  Zero hours contracts - new legislation introduced

        -  Red-zoned earthquake claimants entitled to more

        -  Cheaper capital raising ahead for small code companies

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If you would like to talk with us on any of these topics, or indeed on any other legal matter, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We are always happy to help.

Commercial-eSpeaking-June-2015-MacTodd.pdf

June 2015

Commercial eSpeaking Winter 2015

In this edition:

Terms of Trade: Ensure your Terms are robust

  • Budget 2015: Introduction of the 'Bright Line' Test for Property Investors
  • Business Briefs: New avenue for capital raising: small offers exclusion - Cooking up a storm: the zero hours contracts debate - Parent company liable for debt of subsidiary company in liquidation

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If you would like to talk with us on any of these topics, or indeed on any other legal matter, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We are always happy to help.

Commercial-eSpeaking-Feb-2015.pdf

January 2015

Commercial eSpeaking Summer 2015

Commercial E-speaking - Jan 2015

Happy New Year 

In this issue:

New Legislation for Builders: More transparency for customers
Guarantees: Assuming the risk

Business Briefs: 
   Financial markets overhaul complete
   Important employment law changes come into force on 6 March
   Competition law reform: new exemption for 'collaborative activity'
  

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If you would like to talk with us on any of these topics, or indeed on any other legal matter, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We are always happy to help.

Commercial-E-Speaking-Spring-2014---Issue-38.pdf

September 2014

Commercial E-Speaking Spring 2014

In this edition:

  • Construction Contracts Act 2002: making sure you get paid, and on time
  • Buying into an Existing Business: getting value for money
  • Business Briefs:
    - Unfair contract terms
    - Three fundamentals for a successful joint venture
    - Health and safety reform - increased obligations for directors and managers

Click here to read this edition. If you would like to know more or would like to discuss a particular topic, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Commercial-eSpeaking-Winter-2014.pdf

May 2014

Commercial E-Speaking

In this edition:

  • Key Considerations for Employee Share Schemes: Important to ensure you tick all the boxes for your employees
  • Director's Drawings: Be careful as there are some pitfalls
  • Business Briefs:
    - Business sales and earnouts: Five cautionary tips for sellers
    - Supreme Court limits access to insured defence costs
    - Social media in employment

Click here to read this edition. If you would like to know more or discuss a particular topic, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Commercial_E-Speaking_Srping_2013.pdf

September 2013

Commercial E-Speaking Spring 2013

In this issue:

  • Redundancy: Totara Hills case lifts the bar
  • Is User Generated Content Really Advertising: Using social media to promote your business
  • Business Briefs:
    -
    Exclusivity: think before you ink
    - New trademark clearinghouse for domain names
    - Inadequate medical certificates: are you sick of the pandemic?

Please click here to read this publication. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like more information or would like to discuss any of the topics featured in this publication.  

Commercial_E-Speaking_Autumn-Winter_2013.pdf

May 2013

Commercial E-Speaking Autumn/Winter 2013

In this issue:

  • E-commerce Contracts: Making sure they are valid
  • Powers of Attorney: Not as powerful in business as imagined
  • Business Briefs:
    - Employment Relations Amendment Bill
    - Consumer Law Reform Bill
    - Misconduct outside the workplace - it's not Hallwright

Please click here to read this publication. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like more information or would like to discuss any of the topics featured in this publication.

Commercial_E-Speaking_Summer_2013.pdf

January 2013

Commercial E-Speaking Summer 2013

In this issue:

  • Managing Email, Internet and Social Media: IT policies for your business
  • Anti-Money Laundering Deadline Looms: Five months remain to get organised
  • Business Briefs:
    - Further changes ahead for the Employment Relations Act 2000
    - Employee's Facebook fallacy

Please click here to read this publication. If you would like to discuss or would like more information on any of the topics mentioned please do not hesitate to contact us.

Commercial_E-Speaking_Spring_2012.pdf

October 2012

Commercial E-Speaking Spring 2012

In this issue:

  • Terms of Trade: Assuming liability for negligence
  • Using the Correct Employee Disciplinary Processes: Employers can risk a costly personal grievance claim
  • Business Briefs:
    - Changes to collective property ownership
    - A liquidator's reach is far indeed
    - Foreign engagement

Please click here to read this publication.  If you would like to discuss or know more about any of the topics mentioned please do not hesitate to contact us.

NZL109_MacTodd.pdf

January 2012

Commercial eSpeaking, Summer 2012

In this issue:

  • Family Businesses: Planning ahead for success
  • Insolvent Transactions and Clawbacks: The Companies Act carries a sting in its tail
  • Clearing up Confusion about Criminalising Cartels
  • Business Briefs:
    • 90-day trial periods
    • Spam
    • Companies and Limited Partnerships Amendment Bill

Please click here to read this publication. If you would like to know more about any particular topic, please don’t hesitate to contact us

NZL080_MacTodd.pdf

February 2010

Commercial eSpeaking 2010

In this issue:

  • Website Disclaimers: Do you have one?
  • Major employment law changes ahead Copyright penalties
    • Extension to the 90 day trial period
    • Written agreements
    • Dismissal process code
  • Limitation Act 2010: What effect will this new legislation have on business?
  • Company Directors: Can you rely on expert advice?

If you’d like to talk further about any information in this newsletter, or about trusts in general, please contact us. To read all articles please click here.

NZL091_Mactodd.pdf

May 2011

Commercial eSpeaking - Autumn

In this issue:

  • Franchising: The pros and cons of buying a franchise
  • Anti-Competitive Behaviour: Avoid it at all costs & make sure your staff understand their boundaries
  • New copyright law
  • Personal Protenction Securities Act (PPSA): Australian style

If you’d like to talk further about any information in this newsletter, or about commercial issues in general, please contact us. To read all articles please click here.

Commercial eSpeaking, Winter 2012

June 2012

Commercial eSpeaking, Winter 2012

In this issue:

  • Using Intellectual Property to Sustain your Business: IP can open new markets and develop new revenue streams
  • Recent Changes to the Credit Reporting System: Your repayment history information can now be shared
  • Business Briefs:
    • Consumer Law Reform Bill update
    • ‘Would’ v ‘Could’
    • Why the concept of traditional gifting should not be easily dismissed

Please click here to read this publication.  If you would like to know more about any particular topic, please don’t hesitate to contact us