Entries by Greer Herbison

How the Residential Care Subsidy can affect your Asset Planning – What you need to know?

The Residential Care Subsidy (“Subsidy”) is becoming increasingly topical as New Zealand’s 65+ population is projected to increase from 15% in 2016 to over 25% by 2068. The growth in this population will increase the number of Subsidy applications for financial assistance for long-term residential care in a rest home or hospital (“Care”). Despite the […]

Law Update: Trading on Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday is not a public holiday, yet most businesses used to have to be closed on this particular day.  However, changes to the Shop Trading Hours Act 1990 (the “Act”) that came into effect in August 2016 mean that all territorial authorities (city and district councils) now have the power to have a local […]

Pier Law Christmas Holiday Hours 2017/2018

New Brighton office Closes 12:00pm on Friday 22 December 2017 and reopens again at 8:30am on Monday 15 January 2018.   Kaiapoi office Closes at 12:00pm on Friday 22 December 2017 and reopens again at 8:30am on Monday 8 January 2018.   Styx Mill office Closes at 12:00pm on Friday 22 December 2017 and reopens […]

Alternative Dispute Resolution Series: How It can help You – Mediation in Employment Disputes

Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) methods are alternatives to going directly to court. Using ADR methods instead of pursuing the matter in court is usually more cost effective for all the parties involved, takes less time to resolve the dispute, and also relieves the court of cases they believe can be resolved between the parties without […]

Employees – what are we allowed?

When asking Kiwis what their entitlements are when it comes to annual leave, holidays and resignation, the responses are generally vague.  Government statistics show that over 50% of working Kiwis have held their current employment position for less than 18 months, therefore, it is imperative for them to be familiar with employment law and employee […]

Wacky Christmas Laws and Practises

In the Spirit of Christmas, here are some strange practises and wacky Christmas laws from around the world: In England, it was illegal to eat mince pies on Christmas Day from 1653 to 1658; In America, Christmas was banned from 1659 to 1681; In Caracas, Venezuela, on Christmas Day, the roads are closed, so people […]

Quirky Commonwealth Laws

Legislation does not always keep up with society so archaic but quirky laws of the Commonwealth remain on the statute books as shown in the examples below. United Kingdom: Under the metropolitan Police Act 1839 it is illegal to beat or shake any carpet or rug in the street. However beating or shaking a doormat […]

The Corporate Veil

Section 15 of the Companies Act 1993 (“Act”) states that a company has a legal personality in its own right and is separate from its shareholders. This is a principle known as the Salomon principle, originating from the case of Salomon v A Salomon & Co Ltd.  The Salomon principle provides that a company is […]

Cloud Storage

The idea of cloud storage has become more pertinent over recent years given the exponential advancement of technology. More businesses endeavour to have more ‘paper-less’ environments with the view to creating more efficient, not to mention tidier, storage systems. ‘Cloud storage’ or ‘cloud computing’ was defined by the United States Department of Commerce National Institute […]