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...

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

Get Recruitment Savvy: phone screening

Ever had a candidate look great on paper but been a dud at interview? Or have you made an offer only to have the candidate turn it down for money or something that should have been discussed sooner? An early phone conversation with a candidate, or what we recruiters call a ‘phone screen’ is a massively valuable weapon in your recruitment arsenal, ideal for shaping your short list. ... - read more

Boundaries and standards: why you need both in your business and how to set them

Why is it that some teenagers are good academically and never get into trouble whereas others are the opposite? Similarly, why is it that some employees go the extra mile and are worth their weight in gold, whereas others turn up late and perform poorly? It's no coincidence that work performance goes hand in hand with conduct and I'll explain why. ... - read more