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Farm Debt Mediation

Farm Debt Mediation

New Zealand does not have a legislated farm debt mediation programme (FDM). However, there is a Farm Debt Mediation Bill in front of parliament. This article will outline why we need FDM and how the American, Australian, and Canadian experiences can inform our Bill.
 
The challenge of Farm Succession - revisited

August 1st, 2019 Brett Gould

The challenge of Farm Succession - revisited

Back in 2015 I wrote about the challenges of farm succession - it seems nothing is changing, apart from farmers aging...
 
Covert recordings by employees

July 31st, 2019 Mike Gould

Covert recordings by employees

In this age of smartphones, practically everyone has a recording device in their pocket. As an employer, have you ever wondered where you stand with regard to a recording made by an employee without your knowledge?

Topics: Employment
 
Business Sale & Purchase and vulnerable employees

July 29th, 2019 Alexandra Morrissey

Business Sale & Purchase and vulnerable employees

[Photo:CC BY-SA 3.0 Alpha Stock Images, original author: Nick YoungsonOriginal Image]

Who are vulnerable employees? And what extra protection do they have under the Employment Relations Act 2000?
 
Bill Sheat honoured in 2019 Gold Awards

July 29th, 2019 Gibson Sheat

Bill Sheat honoured in 2019 Gold Awards

Former Gibson Sheat partner Bill was received a Wellington Icon Award at the 2019 Wellington Gold Awards on 25 July.
 
Topics: News
 
Rental property standards

May 28th, 2019 Gibson Sheat

Rental property standards

The Residential Tenancies Act 1986 (“the Act”) requires landlords to provide and maintain rental properties in a reasonable state of repair for their tenants. When deciding what is a ‘reasonable state of repair’ one must ...
 
The importance of Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney

May 28th, 2019 Gibson Sheat

The importance of Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney

Having enduring powers of attorney (EPAs) and a will in place is important for every adult whatever their age.
 
An overview of mortgagee sales

May 27th, 2019 Gibson Sheat

An overview of mortgagee sales

If you buy a property at a mortgagee sale, be aware that you are entering a contract that is quite different in its nature to an agreement entered into in other circumstances.
 
When can you access your KiwiSaver?

May 27th, 2019 Gibson Sheat

When can you access your KiwiSaver?

KiwiSaver was initially created to help people save for their retirement, so the obvious answer for when you can access your KiwiSaver funds, is at age 65. But under the correct circumstances, funds can be accessed earlier.
 
What is the purpose of a LIM report?

May 27th, 2019 Gibson Sheat

What is the purpose of a LIM report?

A LIM report provides all the documents that a council has on records for a property. Each LIM report contains different information, as some properties may be new builds, while others are just sections or older homes etc.

 
Under what circumstances should you form a Trust

May 27th, 2019 Gibson Sheat

Under what circumstances should you form a Trust

There are a number of different circumstances under which you may consider forming a trust.  This article will discuss some of the common reasons and the trust structures which are utilised.
 
Congratulations to Manuel Mendoza - Our Business Expo stand- prize winner

May 9th, 2019 Gibson Sheat

Congratulations to Manuel Mendoza - Our Business Expo stand- prize winner

Gibson Sheat's stand prize at the Wellington Regional Business Expo on Tuesday 7 May was a magnum bottle of  the fabulous Pol Roger champagne.
Topics: News
 
Important employment law changes you need to be aware of

May 3rd, 2019 Gibson Sheat

Important employment law changes you need to be aware of

Changes that extend or protect employees’ and unions’ rights and powers, and add new responsibilities or obligations for employers took effect in December 2018 and April 2019, with further changes effective 6 May.
Topics: Employment
 
Farm debt mediation

April 2nd, 2019 Alexandra Fink & Brett Gould

Farm debt mediation

Farm debt mediation provides for mediation between the lending provider and the farmer before the appointment of a receiver.  New Zealand has never had a legislated farm debt mediation programme, however there is now a Farm Debt Mediation Bill in front of parliament...
 
Sexual harassment in the workplace – what to do?

April 2nd, 2019 Gibson Sheat

Sexual harassment in the workplace – what to do?

The Employment Relations Act 2000 and the Human Rights Act 1993 cover the in-depth processes, remedies and forms of general and sexual harassment in the workplace for New Zealand employees.
Topics: Employment