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Commercial eSpeaking | 31 May 2021

Business briefs

This issue's business briefs are: 

Mainzeal: lessons for directors;

Proposed changes to the Commerce Act; and

Incorporated Societies Bill.

Commercial eSpeaking | 31 May 2021

To jab or not to jab?

While many Kiwis are queuing up and eagerly awaiting their Covid vaccinations, not everyone is willing to take ‘the jab’. Recent headlines of sacked border staff who refused their Covid vaccinations have highlighted the difficulty many employers will face in deciding if their staff can reasonably be required to be vaccinated. 

Commercial eSpeaking | 31 May 2021

Wellbeing Budget 2021: Key points

A better than expected economic recovery after the scourges of Covid has enabled the government to propose significant investment in health and welfare, housing (particularly for Māori), infrastructure to rebuild from the impact of the pandemic and to continue to make this country safe from the virus.

Commercial eSpeaking | 10 Feb 2021

Raising capital for your business

The Covid pandemic has paved the way for innovation, and many New Zealanders spent 2020 investing time and money into their new or existing businesses.

Commercial eSpeaking | 10 Feb 2021

Having a puff at work

New Zealand laws have finally caught up with vaping (also called e-cigarettes) that have, for some time, enjoyed freedom from the country’s strict tobacco regulation.

Commercial eSpeaking | 10 Feb 2021

Business briefs

Covid relief key expiry dates for businesses in 2021, Toolkit for employing mature-age workers, Minimum wage increases on 1 April 2021, Government proposes sick leave increase, Working at Easter and ANZAC Day

Commercial eSpeaking | 17 Sep 2020

COVID relief roundup

Since the pandemic arrived on our shores, the government has made available multiple types of financial relief; more than one may be available to your business.

Commercial eSpeaking | 17 Sep 2020

OIO temporary emergency notification

In June, the OIO enacted a change that now requires all overseas purchasers of New Zealand business assets to submit a notification to the OIO before the transaction takes place.

Commercial eSpeaking | 17 Sep 2020

Business briefs

The Privacy Act 2020 was passed on 30 June 2020 and comes into force on 1 December 2020. 

Commercial eSpeaking | 19 Jun 2020

The Wellbeing Budget 2020

Employing staff is never a simple process. Finding people with the right skills and personality to fit into your team can be challenging.

Commercial eSpeaking | 19 Jun 2020

Government’s COVID-19 wage subsidy

Employing staff is never a simple process. Finding people with the right skills and personality to fit into your team can be challenging.

Commercial eSpeaking | 19 Jun 2020

Business Briefs

Employing staff is never a simple process. Finding people with the right skills and personality to fit into your team can be challenging.

Commercial eSpeaking | 12 Sep 2019

Employing people with a past

Employing staff is never a simple process. Finding people with the right skills and personality to fit into your team can be challenging.

Commercial eSpeaking | 12 Sep 2019

Restraint of trade clauses

Restraint of trade clauses are common in the sale and purchase of a business and in some employment agreements.

Commercial eSpeaking | 12 Sep 2019

Business Briefs

Eminem - importance of IP indemnities in agreements / Mainzeal directors' appeal denied / Federated Farmers wants tougher labelling on plant-based products / New regulations impose licensing regime for insolvency practitioners.

Commercial eSpeaking | 05 Jun 2019

The Wellbeing Budget 2019

The wider economy was looked after with increases in funding to KiwiRail, the establishment of a new venture capital fund, investment in science and research, and so on

Commercial eSpeaking | 05 Jun 2019

PPSR lease losses

When the PPSR was established in 1999, most businesses were quick to catch on that it was a good idea to register security over goods that were sold under a line of credit. What wasn’t so easily recognised is that the register was designed to also capture leases of goods that are indefinite or extend past one year.

Commercial eSpeaking | 05 Jun 2019

Business Briefs

Directors have personal liability for company debt in liquidation / Electronic signatures – uses and risks / The Tax Working Group: recommendations coming soon

Commercial eSpeaking | 12 Feb 2019

Construction industry & its retentions scheme

High Court provides useful guidance for subcontractors

Commercial eSpeaking | 12 Feb 2019

Business Briefs

Directors have personal liability for company debt in liquidation / Electronic signatures – uses and risks / The Tax Working Group: recommendations coming soon

Commercial eSpeaking | 11 Sep 2018

Business Briefs

European Union: privacy law update / Commerce Commission action in respect of extended warranties / Workplace culture crackdown

Commercial eSpeaking | 11 Sep 2018

Receivership of construction companies

Ebert Construction’s recent receivership is a reminder that not taking protective measures opens subcontractors up to recovery and enforcement issues. 

Commercial eSpeaking | 11 Sep 2018

Second thoughts

What happens when your employee wants to retract their resignation?

Commercial eSpeaking | 18 May 2018

Business Briefs

Is your business infringing existing intellectual property rights?  Do your homework...

Commercial eSpeaking | 18 May 2018

Compensation for hurt and humiliation

Employers now, more than ever, need to treat their employees properly to ensure they do not face significant compensation awards for personal grievance claims.

Commercial eSpeaking | 18 May 2018

A no surprises Budget

There are few surprises in the government’s 2018 Budget presented on 17 May, the first from Minister of Finance, the Hon Grant Robertson.

Commercial eSpeaking | 30 Jan 2018

Flurry of employment law changes ahead

We outline the upcoming changes, announced on 25 January...

Commercial eSpeaking | 30 Jan 2018

Great, you've found a business to buy

Looking to purchase a business? We can help!

Commercial eSpeaking | 30 Jan 2018

Business Briefs

Website privacy, amendments to cartel laws, health and safety fines, multinational tax legislation...

Commercial eSpeaking | 13 Sep 2017

Recovering undisputed debts

Often creditors are left wondering what happens if a debtor doesn't pay an undisputed debt.  Find out how the court can assist you in recovering an undisputed civil debt...>

Commercial eSpeaking | 13 Sep 2017

Business briefs

Employment (Pay Equity and Equal Pay) Bill - What could this mean for your business and employees? / Contract and Commercial Law Act 2017 now in force - Make sure your business documents comply / Security Cameras - When does surveillance become an invasion of privacy? >

Commercial eSpeaking | 15 Jun 2017

Budget 2017 overview

The pundits were right. The Minister of Finance, the Hon Steven Joyce, presented his first Budget on Thursday 25 May and it was definitely a ‘steady as she goes affair’ with few surprises. >

Commercial eSpeaking | 15 Jun 2017

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; and Employee share schemes, your time is up. >



Commercial eSpeaking | 15 Jun 2017

Shareholders’ agreements

Not all relationships were built to last forever, and even the most stable relationship amongst shareholders may waver. Issues may also arise unexpectedly, such as the death of a shareholder or... >

Commercial eSpeaking | 20 Feb 2017

Business briefs

OIO changes to streamline the investing and consenting processes; and Limited partnerships become popular. >

Commercial eSpeaking | 19 Feb 2017

Lender credit responsibility

Changes to the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act 2003 brings greater focus on lender responsibility. >