Parental And Annual Leave

There’s been some recent publicity about some new mums, who’ve taken parental leave, being surprised that their employer has paid their subsequent annual leave at a lesser rate, rather than at what was their full salary. The Parental Leave and Employment Protection Act 1987 allows parental leave to the employed and self-employed.
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IRD's Ability to Search Premises

A recent High Court decision1 confirms the wide reach of the IRD's powers to search premises and seize documents, including searches of private dwellings. The case involved search warrants executed on three private homes (and other premises) in an investigationconcerning possible tax avoidance and/or evasion.
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Copyright Law Update

After a false start with the infamous s92A, the regime to discourage copyright infringement over peer-to-peer networks has finally been implemented in the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act 2011 and associated regulations.
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The Financial Markets Conduct Bill has been tabled in the House. The Bill was borne out of the securities law reform process which has been underway for some time now, and sets out the framework for the future regulation of our financial markets (much of the detail of the new regime will be set out in regulations which are yet to be developed).
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Important Reminder For Employers

Employers to retain employment agreements
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