Our March "hot desking" date at The Orchard

The Orchard's open-plan shared office space, overlaid with Ean Brown Partner's March hot desking date

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Look what's looming ...
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Workplace accidents - the importance of reporting to WorkSafe

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The recent media release by WorkSafe serves as a timely reminder to check that your Health and Safety reporting processes include clear directions on the how's and when's to notify WorkSafe of serious accident or illness events.

In brief, WorkSafe reported on a company that was fined over $98,000, plus ordered to pay reparations of $24,000, for an incident where a worker required surgery and hospitalisation for head injuries and a skull fracture, sustained after 200kg of plasterboard fell on them.

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Our February "hot desking" date at The Orchard

The Orchard's open-plan shared office space, overlaid with Ean Brown Partner's February hot desking date

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Which of these describes you
when hearing the word "payroll"?

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In January each year, Inland Revenue release their determination of national standard costs (NSCs) of livestock for the financial year. The NSCs are used by taxpayers who have elected to value livestock using the national standard cost scheme, to value their livestock on hand for that income year.

The NSCs for the 2017/2018 year were released on 1 February 2018.  Click here to see these values, as well as the 2016/2017 year values for comparative purposes.

Employment law changes 2018 - what to expect

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Employment law's ever-changing landscape is seeing another raft of new and upcoming changes.

If you are an employer or an employee, you could potentially be affected by some or all of these. Here is a quick run-down on what to expect:

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Out of office - Monday 5 February 2018

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With Waitangi Day falling on Tuesday, we advise our offices in Whangarei and Dargaville

will be closed on Monday, 5 February 2018

We re-open at 8:30am on Wednesday, 7 February 2018

If you wish to email us we will tend to your inquiry on our return, however for urgent matters
please contact Ean Brown on 0274 723 875

We apologise for any inconvenience caused

Workplace Health and Safety consultants - not a quick fix

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With increased focus being put on health and safety within workplaces, there has been a large increase in the number of health and safety professionals in the marketplace.

Many small businesses feel they do not have the time or skills to comply with the new regulations and are tempted to engage an adviser. Now WorkSafe has issued a warning to businesses to carry out their due diligence when considering engaging the services of an H&S consultant.

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Two-factor authentication - stop hackers at the gate

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Passwords - they are both the saviour and bane of our modern world. We all want and need to protect our data, however the barrage of sites, apps and devices requiring unique and hard-to-guess passwords is frankly overwhelming. Most people will have experienced the frustration of being locked out of their own accounts by forgetting a login or password.

The common temptation to use an simple password, and then re-use it across many sites, puts us at high risk of cyber-attacks. Once obtained, this password will be all a hacker needs to access our digital lives, including identity and banking information. This is where two-factor authentication comes in.

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PAYE reporting - an overview of the proposed changes

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If you are an employer you will be aware of the ever-evolving rules for compliance to meet the requirements of Inland Revenue and other government bodies. You'll also know this often involves a lot of administrative work on the part of the business owner in order to meet these obligations.

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If your creditors issue you invoices via their Xero accounting software you will probably be familiar with the basic format of these emails.

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'Tis the season for public holidays

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This year the public holidays fall on the following days:

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Our December "hot desking" date at The Orchard

The Orchard's open-plan shared office space, overlaid with December's hot desking date

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Some things are just better in two's: ears, socks, doughnuts.

With that in mind, this month we give you
not one, but two accounting brains to pick!

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Naming rights - how to choose an effective business name (pt 2)

Part 16 of our blog article series: "Strategies for business success"

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(and part 2 of 2 of our mini blog series on "Naming rights - how to choose an effective business name")

In part 1 we provided you with some ideas to help you get started on a list of possible business names. That divine spark of inspiration can be elusive, but hopefully our tips gave you the starting block to clear any pesky cobwebs.

Following on from there we'll now run through some of the things a good brand name should do, to help you whittle that list down to just one.

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Is your company culture hurting your profits?

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Company culture has long been linked to business performance, and while a strong culture doesn't guarantee business success, it does provide a foundation for it. Conversely, a poor culture can actually damage your business.

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