Entries by Anna Patchett

Scam emails supposedly from IRD

In recent months there has been a huge increase in the number of scam emails being sent purporting to be from IRD. Some are very realistic (see example below). If you get any emails like this DO NOT click on the links in the email or reply to it, you could be downloading a nasty […]

Steve Coyne – Harbour Light Bistro

Harbour Light Bistro on Wakefield Quay may not be hanging over the water but the views are spectacular from the elevated dining room where diners at every table can be entranced by the environment as well as the wonderful food. I remember when Buzz Falconer set up the restaurant many years ago and while it […]

Huge Fines for Categorising Employees Incorrectly as Contractors

The sole director and shareholder of Direct Auto Importers and Cheap Deals on Wheels, Vishaal Sharma, had claimed that his employees were contractors and had denied owing them their minimum entitlements. Following a Labour Inspectorate investigation however, the Labour Inspectorate disagreed. The failure to categorise his employees correctly resulted in fines of $65,000 to his […]

Heke Homemade Herbals – Nelson Mail 04.07.17

This is a column written by Neil Hodgson and first published in the Nelson Mail, about one of our clients Emma Heke and her business Heke Homemade Herbals. These herbal teas have become firm favourites in our office and we think you should try them too.   I have known Emma Heke for many years, I have always […]

Changes to Parental Leave Payments

There are two main changes to parental leave payments that have taken effect as of 1 June 2017.  The start of the parental leave payment Employees may use up their leave entitlements prior to the start of their 18-week parental leave payments starting, even if this takes them past the baby’s arrival. Leave entitlements include […]

Test Your Knowledge – The Privacy Act 1993

The purpose of the Privacy Act 1993 is to promote and protect individual privacy – in particular to establish principles on: collection, use, and disclosure of information relating to individuals and access by individuals to information held about them. Below are some common misconceptions and facts about your Privacy, rights and requirements courtesy of the Privacy Commissioner NZ. Q 1. True […]

Employment Agreements Require Updates Now

We encourage you to update your employment agreements immediately as last years amendments to the Employment Relations Act are due to come into force for existing employees very soon. The new requirements, which relate to working hours, cancellation of shifts and restrictions on secondary employment, will apply from 1 April, 2017. The wording of some […]