Entries by Neil Hodgson

Personal Grievances – When a Win is actually a Loss

A recent personal grievance case between Philipa Johnson and the National Business Review (NBR) resulted in a win for the employee, which actually ended in a financial loss for her when all was said and done. The Employment Relations Authority determined the employee was unjustifiably dismissed. However, the sting in the tail for the employee […]

Closing or selling your business?

We see many employers who decide to close down or sell their business and haven’t realised their good faith obligations extend to consulting with their employees before they make the final decision. In a recent case a Whangarei woman whose employment was terminated because the business was closing down has been awarded more than $6000 for humiliation and other entitlements because she […]

Foodbank Donations

Even in Nelson, the place we love to call home and where we own businesses, or work and play there are people who miss out on some of the very basic things many of us take for granted – like food on the table! The Nelson organisations who provide precious food to those who need […]

Foreign superannuation audit activity has begun

If you have moved to New Zealand from another country you should be aware of the concession IRD put in place whereby taxpayers who transferred their foreign superannuation interests to New Zealand and did not address the taxation implications were given the opportunity to include 15% of the amount transferred in their 2014 or 2015 Tax […]

Changes to Property Rules & Bright-Line Test

From the 1st October 2015 new rules come in to force surrounding the buying and selling of property in New Zealand, including a new test designed to catch and tax individuals making profits from the sale of properties that they have owned for only a short period of time. From October 1 all NZ residents […]

Xero Pricing Update

Accounting software company Xero have announced they will be increasing their subscription prices come 1st December 2015 to help support the ongoing development and innovation of their software. What this means for Xero users is that most will be required to increase their monthly subscription payments from between $2-5 (plus GST) per month – depending […]

6 Things Employers Must Know About Annual Holidays

Employers must know what these provisions are or risk personal grievances or prosecutions 1.       Advice of rights Employers must advise employees of their entitlements under the Act and that information is available from the union if they are a member, and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). To show this has been done […]

Nelson Arts Festival

Once again Savage & Savage Chartered Accountants are sponsoring a show at this outstanding festival. This year we have sponsored a show called The Wine Project. “Recently returned from a sell-out season in Edinburgh, Java Dance Company captures audiences with dance theatre that clambers in to your senses. Sarah Copeland began fermenting this new work […]

Nelson College student cooks like a champion

Nelson College student M’Chakkapong Klahan has once again been part of a winning team at the secondary schools culinary challenge for the third year in a row. He and team mate Louis Clarke won a Gold medal at this year’s challenge finals. Mentored by Kevin Hopgood at Hopgood’s Restaurant where he works part-time M’Chakkapong is obviously […]

Performance management vs disciplinary issues

You are aware of an issue with an employee but are unsure how to deal with it – is it a performance issue or a disciplinary issue? Does it even matter? Yes, it matters. There are two distinct processes – one for managing poor performance and one for dealing with bad behaviour – and it […]