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Can contractors turn into employees?

Can contractors turn into employees?

Employees have numerous rights under New Zealand employment legislation. However, all of these rights are only available to employees. This means contractors are not entitled to any of the benefits and remedies available under employment law.

The importance of written contracts in New Zealand

The importance of written contracts in New Zealand

When clients come to me with a commercial dispute, the first thing I will ask them is whether they have a written contract. Unfortunately in my experience, it is very common for clients to have contracts that were not prepared by lawyers.

Mandatory written employment agreements

Mandatory written employment agreements

Under New Zealand employment law, all employees must have a written employment agreement.
Unfortunately in our experience, it is very common for small businesses not to have written employment agreements with their employees.

Changes to the Residential Tenancies Act

Changes to the Residential Tenancies Act

Residential tenancies in New Zealand are governed by the Residential Tenancies Act. This means the tenants rights are protected by law, even if these rights are not written in the contract. A number of new changes to the rules have come into effect in 2021. What are the main changes?

How to minimise risk when buying property off-the-plans

How to minimise risk when buying property off-the-plans

One of the biggest risk of buying residential property off-the-plans is the risk of significant defects identified upon completion of the building work. Fortunately, the Building Act provides buyers of residential property with automatic consumer protections against defective workmanship.