News and updates from across government
Each month Business.govt.nz brings you news and advice to help you comply with government and run your business.
Emergencies that force you to stop trading, like earthquakes, floods, fires and power cuts, can come without warning. To give your business the best chance of survival, have a contingency plan that includes essential outgoings as well as disaster drills.
If you’re a shop owner, new rules mean your council may let you open on Easter Sunday. However, you can’t make your employees work that day.
Who is responsible for fixing a product if it breaks after the warranty expires? If you say "the customer", you should read on — the good reputation of your business may depend on it.
If someone posts a complaint on your business’s Facebook page, would you a) delete it b) discuss it via comments or c) thank them and make contact privately? Here’s how to turn feedback — good or bad — into an opportunity.
If landlords or suppliers ask for your personal guarantee — a common business practice — your house or other personal assets might be on the line. Learn to minimise the risks.
In part two of our design thinking series, we show how to use this technique to test products or services with your customers.
The type of failures that led to the Pike River mine tragedy can be found in many businesses and in many industries, says a journalist who investigated the disaster.
What do you do if your business runs into problems with a supplier or contractor? MBIE is researching ways to make it easier for small businesses to manage disputes.
To make the most of tight marketing budgets, find out as much as you can about your target customers. Here’s how one small business used free data to plan for growth.
Being tired on the job is a health and safety issue many businesses have to grapple with, says a world authority on worker fatigue.
Winter bugs can hammer a small business’s productivity, so it pays to help your people stay healthy — and to understand sick leave rules.
Design thinking is a business technique used to develop services or products that meet customers’ needs. Here’s how to do it, using our own Employment Agreement Builder as an example.
Inland Revenue is looking at an idea that could mean small businesses may never fill out an income tax return again. Sound good?
Driving got cheaper for most vehicle owners this month as the ACC levy portion of the rego fell by a third on average.
There were few surprises for small businesses in the 2016, but there were still things to smile about.
Filing tax returns can be a daunting task for even the most experienced taxpayer. Our top tips will help smooth the process.
Take time out of the day-to-day to focus on workplace health and safety with experts from across the sector and other businesses at a conference in September.
If a product you make or sell needs to be taken off the market because it’s potentially dangerous, what must you do? Sign up to a new website for official alerts and advice.
From law changes to help finding funding and R&D support, the government is hitting the road to give business owners up-to-date information and the chance to talk to directly to agencies.
Can’t find the right person for the job? This free tool helps you find overseas jobseekers with the right skills.
Small business owners are the heroes of our economy, but many struggle to grow. The challenge is getting them to believe they can, says an expert from business growth hub The Icehouse.
Getting paid is essential for business success, so don’t let unpaid invoices and debts build up. These tips will help you keep the cash flowing.
Every year small businesses pay levies to ACC to cover work-related accidents. Here’s how to soften the budget blow.
Our new online tool has all you need to create legal employment agreements — and in plain English.
File GST direct from your accounting software now Inland Revenue has teamed up with online accounting firms MYOB and Xero.
The law has changed on zero-hour contracts, shift cancellations, parental leave, record keeping and minimum wages. Check out our examples and useful tools to get up to speed.
New security-enriched $20, $50 and $100 notes roll out next month. Here’s how to tell the real from any fakes.
If you’re a new business doing R&D work — and operating at a tax loss — you might be entitled to some cash.
Kiwi businesses looking for top-quality marketing resources have access to a free online toolkit.
A new pay-as-you-go option for paying your provisional tax could not only save you time and money, but also ease your cash flow problems.
From 1 April, employers can no longer offer "zero-hour" contracts. If you have staff on these contracts, you may need to guarantee them hours of work.
A law change means employers now need to give workers compensation if a shift gets cancelled without enough notice.
Parental leave is about to go up to 18 weeks, and a wider range of workers will be able to take it. Find out what this means for your business.
The adult minimum wage is now $15.25 an hour. If you pay your workers minimum wage rates, you’ll need to update your payroll and their records.
Health and safety law changes from April 2016, covering worker involvement, asbestos removal and more. Find out what it means for your business.
Changes to minimum employment standards come into affect in April. Find out what you need to know to be ready.
Starting out in business? If you’re self-employed or in a partnership and pay your tax before 31 March, you could get a discount. Check out our new visual guide for more tax-reducing tips.
Health and safety law applies to all businesses. But some small businesses may not need to have a health and safety representative. Is this you…?
If you make or sell food, law changes could affect your costs. (Hint: it all comes down to risk.)
Having a workforce that’s more flexible and diverse can benefit your staff and business. Here’s what you need to do if someone asks for a flexible work arrangement.
Employees may be able to get 18 weeks paid parental leave from 1 April this year. Find out what this means for your business.
Laws on ACC levies, parental leave and food safety are changing in the coming months. Grab a cuppa and check out our summary.
You may have had a nice holiday, but scammers never take a break. In fact, in the last few months there has been a significant rise in the number of reported scam incidents.
Health and safety is not something you do alone. Learn how you, your workers, and people who share your work environment all have a role to play in keeping each other safe and healthy.
Are you — or any of your workers — a trained health and safety rep? Then sign up now for a free course to get up to speed with incoming law changes.
Earthquakes, fires and floods may not be such a disaster for your business, if you think ahead.
Setting goals for your business helps you keep an eye on the bigger picture. Learn why and how business planning is key to success with our new Business Planning 101 section.
Whether you have a staff of hundreds or just hired your first employee, these tips from MYOB can help make it easier to pay your workers.
You can’t avoid tax time – but you can prepare for it. These tips will help, from how to keep good records, to when to ask for advice.
Just like your birthday comes round every year, so do important dates for your business. Plan and prepare to file on time, and you’ll avoid last-minute panic as deadlines approach.
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Theft at work does happen, and you’d be naïve to think you’ll never fall victim. Take steps to avoid it — and learn how to investigate fairly if there are suspicions within your business.
Three upcoming public holidays are Mondayised. This means a day off on a Monday, not a Saturday, for many workers.
If you work from home, you already have to look after your own health and safety. See what the new H&S law will mean for you from April 2016
Do you import or manufacture hazardous substances such as soaps, petrol, crayons or explosives? New rules mean you must give the Environmental Protection Authority your contact details – even if they already have them.
Buying second-hand goods for your business can help keep costs down. And you can claim a GST credit on them – just follow these steps.
Getting paid on time can make a big difference in a small business. Our new finance section offers helpful tips about invoicing, and how to avoid being left out of pocket.
If you hire non-NZ workers you should know that many will no longer have work visa labels in their passports. Here’s what to check for.
Pricing errors are a delight for customers and a nightmare for traders. Must you honour the incorrect price?
Let’s face it, tax takes time and money. But now is your chance to help Inland Revenue make tax simpler for small business by removing and simplifying some tasks.
All New Zealand companies must have at least one director based in New Zealand or Australia. Here’s how to meet new Companies Act requirements.
Easy-to-use online guides can help you set up a great digital presence for your business – or improve what you’ve already got.
Managing risks is key to H&S. If you follow accepted industry practices, you’ll meet your legal responsibilities and, in most cases, not get in any legal trouble if something happens.
If your business involves handling asbestos, you need to know about law changes designed to keep you and your workers safe.
Your profit and loss statement is a key business tool. ANZ explains how it can help you understand your business performance.
If you let people post nasty comments on your website or social media page, you may be prosecuted. Here’s how to avoid taking the rap.
Is your cash till looking a bit different? Maybe you’ve already received some of the new banknotes in circulation.
Does your business collect personal information from people? Then you must tell them how, when and why. Create a privacy statement with the online tool Priv-o-matic.
If you need to get in touch with a government agency over the festive period, here’s a list of who will be open and when.
From eager travellers to highly skilled people, many foreigners want to work in New Zealand. Stick to the visa rules when employing them, and your business can really benefit.
The holiday season is a chance to relax with family and friends. Take time to pay your staff what they’re entitled to, and everyone will have a merry Christmas.
With the summer holidays approaching, now is the time to think about how you’ll fill staffing gaps quickly. Casual employees could be the answer – but tread carefully.
Bring out the crackers! It’s almost time to plan the staff Christmas party, so what are the tax considerations?
Will your employee use a work vehicle for their holiday road trip? Such a perk is known as a fringe benefit – and is taxable. Find out what it is and how to calculate it.
Summer is coming, the beach and BBQ beckon. If you’re shutting up shop for the Christmas holidays, make sure your business is also ready to take a break.