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WOOFERS, volunteers or employees?

Recent Labour Inspectorate investigations found New Zealand employers are taking advantage of schemes such as Willing Workers on Organic Farms (WWOOFers). These schemes generally involve seeking travellers working for free in exchange for accommodation, and sometimes food.
Many employers were incorrectly treating such workers as volunteers in order to save ...

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Changes in the Courts

From 1 March 2017 new legislation has brought about change in civil procedure. Our District Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court are now all governed by new Acts.
Whilst the overarching legislation concerning our courts has been reorganised, the substantive changes within the legislation are less monumental.

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FATCA/GATCA/What the …?

You may be aware that the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and the Common Reporting Standard (CRS/GATCA) requirements have now come into effect.

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New information required when money is deposited with Cavell Leitch

In recent years, the American government introduced the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”) which is designed to reduce tax evasion by Americans who hold bank accounts in other countries. U.S. citizens and tax residents are required to report their worldwide income to the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) whether ...

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Things to be aware of when offering employee Premiums.

The Employment Court decision of A Labour Inspector of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment v Tech 5 Recruitment [2016] NZEmpC 167 has clarified the ambiguity surrounding employment premiums.

Tech 5 Recruitment (“Tech 5”) is a labour hire business that began recruiting employees from the Philippines to work in ...

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Borrowing against commercial property – an update

In October 2016 we warned about a much tougher borrowing environment for commercial property investors and developers in our article Borrowing against commercial property - be prepared for tougher banking practices.

In this article we look at where things are at now: Is it easier to secure finance, and if not ...

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