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Employment Law Update

Recent changes to Employment Act not be too stressful. If you follow the news you’d think that being an employer has just become impossibly complicated but don’t let the media’s search for the sensational distract you. The recent changes to the Employment Relations Act are not so hard to understand, and those who have wound themselves up over the calculation of holiday pay may need a holiday themselves. Holidays first. When a person is on paid leave it seems obvious that they...

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RMA Reform Likely to Become Law

Last December Government’s long foreshadowed reforms of the Resource Management Act received their first reading in Parliament. The proposed changes are mild, and while they lean toward a developer’s perspective, they are likely to become law without too strident an opposition. Of note for rural areas, the Bill would enable the making of regulations that require stock to be excluded from waterways (particular waterways or more generally). That echoes the Land and Water Forum’s recommendation to exclude livestock from waterways on plains...

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Equine Law Made Easy | April 2016

It is not uncommon for a horse to be owned by multiple parties, or for an arrangement to be entered into where the horse’s owner leases the horse to another person, on the understanding that the ultimate sale price shall be split by the two parties to take account (for example) the training done by one party. In my experience, these situations are often not recorded in writing or, if they are, lack the required detail to properly minimise potential disputes....