Farmers - are you accidentally paying your employees below minimum wage?

Farming is seasonal; it is a business that creates the need for employees (with their agreement) to work additional hours at different times of the year. When requiring employees to work those additional hours, farmers need to ensure compliance with the Minimum Wage Act 1983, which cannot be contracted out of.


Disability and employment

Disability is one of the prohibited grounds of discrimination provided in the Human Rights Act. This means it is unlawful to refuse to hire someone, or to offer them less favourable terms of employment, purely because they are living with a disability – either physical or psychological.


Covid vaccinations - can my employer make me have one?

Two questions:

  1. Can my employer force me to get the Covid-19 Vaccine – Unlikely, in most cases no
  2. Can I ask an applicant for a job if they are vaccinated – Yes


New restraints for landlords

The New Zealand rental market is in hot demand with many renters experiencing issues in securing a rental property, as they are competing with home buyers in a property market where house price show no signs of slowing.

There are a number of changes to the Residential Tenancies Act taking effect from February 2021 with more restraints placed on a Landlords. Here are the key changes.


Hey Santa - my toy is broken!

It’s Christmas day – the most wonderful time of the year. You look under the tree and see that Santa has done it – he’s left the toy you’ve been longing for all year! But you open the box only to discover that it is broken.