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Amendments to the Fair Trading Act for Small Trade Contracts

Amendments to the Fair Trading Act for Small Trade Contracts

The Fair Trading Amendment Act 2021 - The Fair Trading Amendment Act 2021 ("Amendment Act") was enacted on 16 August 2021. It introduces changes to the Fair Trading Act 1986 ("Act"), some of which have come into effect and others which will come into effect on 16 August 2022.
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Capture and Commercialise - Commercial Exploitation of Intellectual Property Rights

Capture and Commercialise - Commercial Exploitation of Intellectual Property Rights

Written by:
Andrew Knight
Intellectual Property is an asset that has the potential to be more valuable to your business than tangible business assets and should be protected as much as possible. A famous trade mark or a market leading patent may be of far greater value to a company than its physical assets.
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The Privacy Act 2020 - Privacy Principle One

The Privacy Act 2020 - Privacy Principle One

Written by:
Andrew Knight
The Privacy Act 2020 ("new Act") came into force in 2020, replacing the Privacy Act 1993. The purpose of the new Act was to overhaul New Zealand's existing privacy of personal information regulatory framework and bring it into line with internationally recognised privacy obligations and standards. Section 22 of the new Act sets out 13 information privacy principles ("Privacy Principles"). In this article, we focus on new developments in relation to Privacy Principle 1 ("PP1"), which addresses the purpose of collection of personal information.
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Obtaining an Enforceable Guarantee

Obtaining an Enforceable Guarantee

Written by:
Andrew Knight
There are many circumstances where businesses might give credit – even without formally doing so. Providing goods or performing services in advance of full payment is extremely common, but if a company or sole trader you are dealing with has financial problems or a poor credit history, then you may not get paid.
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Electronic Signing of Contracts

Electronic Signing of Contracts

Written by:
Andrew Knight
Part 4 of the Contracts and Commercial Law Act 2017 ("CCLA") provides that, with some few exceptions, where a signature is required by law (including to conclude a contract) you can sign that document electronically provided certain conditions are met. An electronic signature is defined in the CCLA as a method used to identify a person and to indicate that person's approval of that information.
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Practical Guidance for Employers During Covid-19

Practical Guidance for Employers During Covid-19

Written by:
Craig Andrews
The Covid-19 Lockdown is a unique situation that continues to change rapidly and this raises a number of questions and concerns for people, especially in the employment space. The situation surrounding Covid-19 requires flexibility from both employers and employees.
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Redundancy During Covid-19

Redundancy During Covid-19

Written by:
James Turner
In the wake of the Covid-19 lockdown, many employers are assessing options available to them to save their business and are contemplating cutting staff. This decision should not be taken lightly as the underlying requirements for proper termination of employment still apply.
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Financial Support for Employers During Covid-19

Financial Support for Employers During Covid-19

Written by:
James Turner
In response to the Covid-19 outbreak the Government has announced a $12.1 billion support package to support the economy. If you are an employer, contractor, sole-trader or self-employed, you may be eligible to apply for financial support.
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Frustration, Force Majeure and Covid-19

Frustration, Force Majeure and Covid-19

Written by:
James Turner
The Covid-19 pandemic and the announcement of the Level 4 Covid-19 threat level in New Zealand has meant that many businesses may be forced to default on their commercial obligations, especially as non-essential businesses are told to close. However if their contracts contain a "force majeure" provision, this may provide them with a way out.
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Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Discussion Document - Better Protections for Contractors

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Discussion Document - Better Protections for Contractors

Written by:
Craig Andrews
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has released a discussion document late last year, inviting public consultation on an important subject affecting a large sector of New Zealand's working public: self-employed 'independent contractors', and companies and people who engage the services of such independent contractors, not just in the course of business, but even in some cases individual consumers utilising those services, for example ordinary member of the public using a 'ride sharing' platform. The deadline for members of the public to provide their feedback to MBIE expires at 5.00 pm on 14 February 2020.
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