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Law change: Privacy Act for the digital age

Law change: Privacy Act overhaul to protect personal information in the digital age If you collect, store or use personal information about employees and/or customers, it’s important to:  check your business meets existing privacy requirements  get ready for the law change. Here’s what you need to know and do to keep people’s information safe and secure. What’s new When:    From 1 December 2020What:     Changes ...

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Introduction to holidays and leave

Introduction to holidays and leave There are different rules for different types of leave. Understanding your obligations as an employer makes it easier to work out leave entitlements and approve leave applications — leading to happier, more productive employees. Holidays and leave at a glance All employees working in New Zealand are legally covered by the Holidays Act (2003). The Act requires that: as ...

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Changes to Small Business Cashflow (Loan) Scheme

12 November 2020 The Government has announced some changes to the Small Business Cashflow (Loan) Scheme. No interest will be charged if the loan is repaid within 2 years. Currently, it is 1 year. Restrictions on how the loan can be used have eased. As well spending on core operating costs, businesses will be able to choose to use the loan to invest ...

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Is your business name available?

Use this website to check if your proposed business name is available or not. It checks on business name, Trade Mark, Web Domains and Social Media. Click here: https://www.business.govt.nz/onecheck Source: www.business.govt.nz ...

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Reserve Bank seeks to preserve benefits of cash

Reserve Bank seeks to preserve benefits of cash 19 October 2020The Reserve Bank – Te Putea Matua is taking on a new role of steward of the cash system “to preserve the benefits of cash for all who need them”, Assistant Governor Christian Hawkesby told the Royal Numismatics Society of New Zealand annual conference today (Wellington, Monday, 19 October 2020). “Cash is ...

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Listen to Stephen about free Customer Service training for your business

Please watch the video below for a message from Stephen to all of our valued clients. Links to the websites referred to in the video below: Free Online Customer Service Training videos for your business https://blog.hubspot.com/service/customer-service-training-videos Plus you can Google the following for more: ‘Free online Customer Service videos’ Disclaimer: The information and advice contained in this video and on this web site is general ...

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Always use the right machinery for the job

It is vital that businesses ensure workers have the right training and experience for the job at hand, especially when heavy machinery is involved. This messaging from WorkSafe comes after a 7.5 tonne roller operated by a worker slid over a steep bank backwards, coming to a brief stop approximately 20 metres down. The worker managed to escape but was airlifted ...

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Can employees return to work early from parental leave?

Can employees return to work early from parental leave? (Submitted by Employment New Zealand)During COVID-19, some of your employees on parental leave may want to return to work early for financial or other reasons. Employment New Zealand has guidance on the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees in these situations. You and your employee must act in good faith to ...

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Guide to starting a business

If you’re new to being in business or self-employed, the tips in the link below outline what's involved, from testing your idea to registering a trade mark. If you’re starting a business in New Zealand or working for yourself, click on the link below to see the things you can do up-front that will safeguard your investment in the future. https://www.business.govt.nz/getting-started/taking-the-first-steps/10-step-guide-to-starting-a-business/ Source: www.business.govt.nz ...

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Restaurant co-owner jailed for money laundering and tax evasion

A co-owner of a Restaurant chain has been jailed for hiding millions of dollars in cash sales and laundering large amounts of it. The co-owner was sentenced today at the Auckland High Court to three years and two months in prison, plus a $50,000 fine, on nine money laundering charges and 34 tax evasion charges. A former accountant was also sentenced today ...

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