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Courier Drivers – Contractors or Employees

The Employment Court’s ruling in Leota v Parcel Express [2020] NZEmpC 61 held that a courier drive (Mr Leota) was an employee, entitled to the rights attached to that status under the Employment Relations Act (ERA), despite having signed a contract describing him as an independent contractor to the deliveries company he worked for. was [...]

June 30th, 2020|Categories: Legal Developments|

Misleading Representations

The New Zealand Commerce Commission (Commission) has successfully brought proceedings against Contact Energy Limited (Contact Energy) in the Wellington District Court for breaching the Fair Trading Act 1986 (the Act). Contact Energy plead guilty to seven charges under the Act, relating to false or misleading representations which it made as part of its Fuel Rewards [...]

March 31st, 2020|Categories: Legal Developments|Tags: |

Fiduciary obligations in business relationships

The New Zealand Court of Appeal has recently released a decision highlighting the importance of receiving legal advice before entering into business relationships with friends. In the present case a lot of time and expense could have been avoided by obtaining proper advice in relation to fiduciary obligations and ensuring they are satisfied. In Detection [...]

November 30th, 2019|Categories: Legal Developments|