The FWC on the front foot: “Pandemic leave” and annual leave at half pay

On 1 April 2020, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) released a statement proposing to temporarily vary 103 Awards (on the Commission's initiative) to include an entitlement to unpaid "pandemic leave" and to include the flexibility for employees to take annual leave at half pay. Pandemic leave This measure is designed to [...]

2020-04-03T10:15:31+10:00April 3rd, 2020|

Temporary Award variations in response to COVID-19 crisis for employers of clerical and hospitality employees

Over the past week, the Fair Work Commission has handed down decisions which allow employers of those covered by the Clerks – Private Sector Award 2010 (Clerical Award) and the Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2010 (Hospitality Award) greater flexibility during the COVID-19 crisis. Unless extended on further application, the variations to [...]

2020-03-31T11:28:34+10:00March 31st, 2020|

Special alert on employment issues concerning COVID-19

There is no doubt that the COVID-19 virus has brought with it great uncertainty for most businesses.  Not only are organisations struggling with how best to keep their employees safe at this time, the various steps that state and federal governments are now taking to slow down the spread of the [...]

2020-03-23T17:07:13+10:00March 23rd, 2020|

Commercial update – PPSR registration renewals

Expiration of certain PPSR Registrations  Certain registrations on the PPSR are limited to a seven year expiry period, these include registrations for: motor vehicles; water craft; and other property which may be described by a serial number (such as certain plant and machinery. As the Personal Property Security Act 2009 commenced on 30 January 2012, [...]

2019-01-30T08:36:02+10:00January 21st, 2019|

New GST Withholding requirements

Effective from 1 July 2018, the Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Measures No. 1) Act 2018 imposes obligations upon Buyers of certain new residential premises1 and certain potential residential land 2 to withhold and remit GST directly to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) Key features of the new regime include: GST withholding on new residential property [...]

2018-12-04T13:53:01+10:00July 12th, 2018|

Regulations provide welcome relief from the Labour Hire Licensing regime

The long-awaited release and commencement of the Labour Hire Licensing Regulations 2018 (Regulations) will come as a relief to many businesses which were facing the onerous obligation of having to obtain and maintain a labour hire licence, even though they were not in the business of providing labour hire services. Background Last year, the [...]

2018-12-04T11:42:15+10:00April 18th, 2018|

Does your business have terms and conditions of sale or hire?

If the answer to this question is yes, you are likely to have one or more of the following terms: a retention of title (or Romalpa) clause; a charging clause allowing you to charge your customer's property with the payment for goods or services; or a limitation of liability clause. From 30 January 2012, [...]

2018-12-04T16:09:02+10:00December 4th, 2015|

Claims under the Australian Consumer Law

Here is a quick list of points about handling claims under consumer guarantees. Consumers can claim: if goods are not of 'acceptable quality'; if goods are not fit for their intended purpose; if goods do not correspond with their description; if goods do not comply with a sample; if goods don't comply with the [...]

2018-12-04T16:08:33+10:00July 3rd, 2015|

Independent Contractor or Employee?

The following is an outline of the various indicators of employment contracts and contracts engaging an independent contractor. None of these factors can be taken in isolation to determine whether a contract is an employment contract or one between a principal and independent contractor. The relationship between the parties must be examined as a whole. [...]

2018-12-04T16:08:13+10:00April 17th, 2013|