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Public Law Toolbox Conference Programme

30 Apr 2012 / Publications and presentations

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Trust urges Crown to help Kohanga reo

27 Apr 2012 / News articles

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Kohanga qualification shouldn't need Teachers Council tick- lawyer

27 Apr 2012 / News articles

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Drug Testing of Employees

27 Apr 2012 / Publications and presentations

Drug testing of employees

A recent ruling by Fair Work Australia has found that making employees submit to urine tests for drug use is “unjust and unreasonable” as the tests can detect drug usage from the weekend. This may have no bearing on an employee’s ability to do their job safely. 

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Conflicts of Interest

27 Apr 2012 / Publications and presentations

Conflicts of Interest

Nick Smith resigned as a result of letters written in his capacity as ACC Minister.  Bronwyn Pullar, friend and former National Party official, approached Mr Smith in 2010 for help with her ACC claim.  As a loyal friend, he accepted.  So what’s the problem and why did he have to go?

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Settlement Issues

27 Apr 2012 / Publications and presentations

Settlement Issues

Tax deductions

Employers have an obligation to deduct tax from income paid to an employee.  But what about an employer’s tax obligations when the employer and the employee enter into a settlement agreement to resolve issues arising from the employment relationship?

 

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The economics of pursuing or defending a personal grievance

27 Apr 2012 / Publications and presentations

The economics of pursuing or defending a personal grievance

Pursuing or defending a personal grievance is not a cheap or easy business for either employers or employees.   Before considering whether or not to jump into the prospect of litigation, there are a number of issues to consider for both sides.

 

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Mai Chen talks with Adam Feeley

26 Apr 2012 / News articles

Adam Feeley: Exposing New Zealand's Financial Crime

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Mai Chen: Skycity ruckus shows why lobbying bill needed

26 Apr 2012 / News articles

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Glimpse of the hard-working nation my family left behind

12 Apr 2012 / News articles

This week in Taiwan I saw the life I could have had.

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