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Managing medical incapacity: enough to make you feel sick?

Written by Alison Maelzer on May 11th, 2018.

Managers and HR practitioners often tell us that dealing with employees who are genuinely too sick or injured to work is one of their least favourite tasks. Frankly, we can see why.

Health and Safety at Work Act, Two Years On: Once Bitten, Twice Shy?

Written by Sam Houliston on April 19th, 2018.

April 2018 marks two years since the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) came into force.

Trial Period Redux, Comparative Guide and Important Changes Last Week

Written by Jim Roberts and Alison Maelzer on April 9th, 2018.

Trial Period Notice – What Notice? Redux

Confusion continues to reign supreme in the application of trial periods: see our previous article from 12 May 2017.
Topics: Employment Law

The tweet you don't want to see ...

Written by Alison Maelzer on March 19th, 2018.

Several days ago, President Trump announced to 49 millions followers on Twitter that he was replacing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with a new appointment, former CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

Our Owl is revealed ................

Written by Tamar Hart on March 1st, 2018.

We are very excited to give you a glimpse of our completed owl (To the Land Where the Ponga Tree Grows, or "Tabitha",as named by our artists daughter) as she hits the streets of Auckland as part of the free public art trail featuring 47 giant owls.


Don't make it worse … notify WorkSafe

Written by Alison Maelzer & Sam Houliston on February 20th, 2018.

You know the adage, "If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging"? It is apt in so many areas of business (and life!) but is particularly relevant when it comes to WorkSafe notifications. Our message to you – if there is an incident or event that needs to be notified to WorkSafe, for heaven's sake, notify it! Keeping quiet is only going to make the proverbial hole deeper.

Hanging out for Easter? What you need to know if you are in retail.

Written by Alison Maelzer & Mo Al Obaidi on February 9th, 2018.

Shops can now open on Easter Sunday


The Shop Trading Hours Act 1990 (Act) allows certain shops to be open for business, subject to local council requirements. Employers may require shop employees to work on Easter Sunday (this year, 1 April 2018).

Employment Law: the only constant is change…

Written by Alison Maelzer on January 26th, 2018.

It’s a New Year, a new(ish) Government… so it must be time for some new employment law! The Coalition Government managed to reach an agreed, compromise position between its partners on proposed changes to the Employment Relations Act 2000 (Act).

Hesketh Henry Recommended in The Legal 500 Directory as a Leading Firm in 2018

Written by Tamar Hart on December 4th, 2017.

Hesketh Henry has received the following recommendations and commentary in the high profile Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 directory. Please click here for more information

Recent case finds that lack of a resident director isn't immediately fatal

Written by Chris Lee, Jennifer Seo and Janou Kannangara on November 24th, 2017.

The absence of a resident director might result in a New Zealand company being struck off, but that won’t prevent it from enforcing its rights whilst still in existence
Topics: Company Law

Getting the Deal Through: Shipping

Written by Simon Cartwright, Sarah Holderness, Richard Belcher, Rob McStay on October 10th, 2017.

Simon Cartwright, together with Sarah Holderness, Richard Belcher and Rob McStay are the authors of the New Zealand Chapter of the 2018 edition of "Getting the Deal Through: Shipping". 
Topics: Maritime Law

Your will is your way?

Written by Mary Joy Simpson and Alice Eager on August 23rd, 2017.

Preparing a will means that a person can be reassured that on their death, their assets will be distributed according to their wishes. You should draft your will as you think is appropriate for your family. However, as a will maker, you must be mindful of your legislative duty to make adequate provision for all members of your family.

Have I got a deal for you .......

Written by Julika Wahlmann-Smith on August 7th, 2017.

Sales promotions are an important tool in marketing. Consumers are often attracted to a 'good deal' or a 'bargain'. Terms such as '50% off' or 'last days of summer sale' grab consumers' attention and as it turns out, not only consumers.


The importance of ensuring your will is up-to-date

Written by Ala Sonti on July 21st, 2017.

Regularly reviewing your will is just as important as making one in the first place.  Your will is a living document, which should be updated to reflect changes in your life.  Written by Ala Sonti

Holidays Act: Help has arrived!

Written by Jim Roberts & Jodi Sharman on July 3rd, 2017.

We all know that payroll compliance can be a nightmare. Automated systems don’t necessarily fit individual situations, employee work patterns don’t always fit the mould, and this is overlaid with a very technical area of the law. And to make matters worse; maths!
Topics: Employment Law
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