As of 1 April 2015, three major changes to first home buyer packages will come into effect. These changes include:
- The amount you can withdraw from your KiwiSaver scheme will increase;
- The KiwiSaver First Home Deposit Subsidy will be replaced by a KiwiSaver HomeStart Grant; and
- House price caps for HomeStart Grant and Welcome Home Loans will increase.
KiwiSaver First Home Withdrawals
KiwiSaver first… Continue reading
In the context of a separation where parties to a relationship have to divvy up “relationship property” (including assets and debts), whether certain items are “relationship” or “separate” property is highly relevant.
Sometimes it isn’t very clear whether or not a certain asset is up for division.
In the case of lottery winnings the answer will likely depend on when and how the party with the winning ticket… Continue reading
Your rights as a parent or grandparent will depend on whether you are a guardian.
A guardian is a person who is recognised by law as being responsible for making important decisions in relation to a child’s life as well as for that child’s welfare, development and upbringing.
The decisions which a guardian can expect to be involved in include:
- Where a child lives, and who
This year ANZAC Day falls on Saturday 25 April. For employee’s who do not normally work on a Saturday, the public holiday will be treated as having fallen on Monday 27 April.
If an employee is not required by their employment agreement to work on any part of the Monday, their employer must pay them at least their average daily wage. Alternatively, for employee’s who are required to work… Continue reading
We are moving premises on Friday 17 April 2015. Please note our office will be closed from 12:00pm on Friday to facilitate this.
From Monday 20 April 2015 we will be located at Level 19, 113-119 The Terrace, Wellington.
All our other contact details will remain the same… Continue reading
The Employment Court has overturned a decision of the Employment Relations Authority. The ERA held that a commercial cleaner was an independent contractor.
The worker participated in the company’s core business and did not have any specialist skills as would be expected of a contractor. The cleaner had regular and unvaried work, and received fortnightly wages unlike company contractors who received monthly payments.
Despite taxation arrangements indicating an… Continue reading
A recent case demonstrates the need to be clear on what is due to or owing from an employee before you agree to a negotiated exit.
In this particular case, the employment relationship ended part way through the first year on negotiated terms entered into at mediation.
It had been the employer’s practice to pay wages monthly, 2 weeks in advance and 2 weeks in arrears. It paid… Continue reading
Different rules apply for different employees when it comes to annual leave.
Entitlements after 12 months
Permanent employees who have worked for 12 months or more have a minimum entitlement to paid leave equal to 4 weeks. The amount paid for a week’s leave is the greater of either:
- The ordinary weekly pay for that employee; or
- The average weekly pay across the last year
A teacher has been convicted in the District Court for importing methamphetamine and has been sentenced to six months home detention with a series of conditions.
A package containing four bags of methamphetamine was intercepted by New Zealand Customs which led to the teacher’s home being searched. Three meth pipes and eight empty bags containing white powdery residue were found hidden within her chest of draws.
The Teachers… Continue reading
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