Stop The Fires In Your Business: How To Keep Your Business Litigation-Free

Does your business have the potential to catch fire? The articles on this website are designed to help you pinpoint and fix potential flashpoints in your business. Rather than put out fires, why not stop them happening in the first place? These articles will help to guide you through the minefield of operating a business and help you see the potential problems before they happen.

There are a number of reasons why you should spend some time going through them.

  1. They are free and always will be. For some, you need to subscribe to this website but the subscription means that you get new articles delivered to your inbox as they are written.
  2. You will enjoy reading them. No joke. Not all lawyers write boring copy. I don't use legalese or complicated jargon, just easy to understand explanations and examples.
  3. The articles are not sales pitches nor do they skirt around an issue without giving an answer. They offer advice and solutions. Sure, you can get the same advice from a lawyer but it will cost you an arm and a leg.

The articles are divided into six topics which you will see in the menu to the right of your screen. Click on a topic which interests you or read the latest articles below.

Latest Articles...

Will blockchain impact your business?

Fake news, money laundering, identity theft, email scams and privacy breaches. This is the world in which we currently live and it has forced most to live their lives with an air of scepticism. Who or what can you now trust? In the ‘first world’, we tend to trust our governments and some large corporations to be responsible. The same level of trust does not exist in other parts of the world. Trust, particularly in an online environment, is the biggest issue facing modern society but a relatively new technology hopes to change all that and could be the next biggest innovation since the internet. It’s called blockchain. ... - read more

Trial Periods: recent case clarifies confusion over payments in lieu

If an employee is not working out and is subject to a 90-day trial period, the natural desire is to remove them from the workplace as soon as possible. However, there has been some confusion as to whether a payment in lieu of notice is sufficient to end the employment relationship and take advantage of the trial period protection. This confusion has led to many employers being caught out. However, a recent case has clarified the position somewhat. ... - read more

What do the changes to trial period law mean for your business?

What do the changes to trial period law mean for your business? In January 2018, the new government announced changes to the trial period legislation introduced by National. Whilst the proposed changes are a compromise on what was originally proposed, businesses that employ more than 20 employees will need to brush up on due process if they are to avoid a personal grievance. ... - read more

How to navigate the redundancy minefield

“It’s not you, it’s the economy” It is much less confrontational to dismiss an employee this way than embarking upon a long list of performance concerns or misdemeanours which have wound you up to the point of no return. That’s why redundancy terminations are the preferred route of many employers. However, the door may have been closed by a recent case in the Employment Court which has put an interesting twist on the existing law. ... - read more

How to search an employee’s computer and email (legally)

You begin to notice that your employee has more meetings outside the office than normal. You don’t know who these meetings are with. Are you suspicious? You then notice that the same employee always leaves the office to take calls on his mobile phone. Does this make you more suspicious? And then, whenever you approach this employee’s desk, you notice that he switches screen from his web browser to word before you get close. Now are you suspicious? Whilst we would all like to have explicit trust in all our employees, there are some behaviours that just arouse suspicions and the answers to these questions will often lie somewhere in your employee’s hard drive. ... - read more