From 12 January to 12 April 2012 businesses will be able to apply to register generic domain names meaning businesses could have a generic top-level domain (gTLD) that incorporates the name of the company, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) board has announced.
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Protect Yourself From Trees

While we have many protected trees in New Zealand, we also have laws that protect people or things against trees. Under those laws, you could potentially be held liable for something that your trees do. Learn how you may be able to protect yourself from your trees. Read more…

The Use of Your Property

You most probably use your farm in a variety of ways, some of which would not always be expected with rural land, for example, a road-front retail shop for selling excess produce, your own airstrip for fertiliser application purposes, or a dirt bike park to indulge in your favourite hobby. But did you know that even if you are the second or even third generation to use your land in this way, you are not necessarily entitled to keep doing so.
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Christmas And New Year Holiday

This year Christmas Day and New Year’s Day fall on a Sunday. This means that for employees who do not normally work on weekends the holiday is transferred to the following Monday or Tuesday so that your employee still gets a paid day off.
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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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