Whistle Blower Laws Come In 1 July 2019 – Are You Ready?

Does your business have more than 100 employees? OR Is your revenue in excess of $50 Million? OR Do you have gross assets worth more than $25 Million? If so, a potentially dangerous regulation is coming on 1 July 2019.  They are the new Whistle-blower laws. The new Whistle-blower laws are a commonwealth amendment (Treasury…

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Property Co-Owner Disputes: Forcing A Sale Of The Property

Disputes between Co-owners of property are not uncommon. Most of us have at least known someone who has encountered problems with co-owned property. Take the following archetypical example: The last survivor of your parents have passed away leaving the family home or a cherished holiday house to you and your siblings. For the first few…

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Purchasing A Property At Auction – Important Legal Facts

When purchasing a property at auction, there are several important legal facts that need to be considered. Cooling Off Period When buying at auction, there is no cooling off period. If you are the successful bidder, you will have to settle the contract. This applies even if: The house does not pass inspection. You change…

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Why It Is Important For You To Have A Will

What is the Purpose of you Having a Will? A will is a legal document which states what you wish to happen with your assets (estate) once you pass away. Those nominated to receive your estate are known as the beneficiaries. It will also indicate who you want to administer your estate once you are…

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Choosing the Best Property Ownership Structure for You

When two or more people own a property together, there are three main ownership structures they can choose from; Joint tenancy; Tenancy in common; or Trustee. It is important to know which structure is best for you to ensure you get it right the first time and avoid additional costs. Joint Tenancy Joint tenancy is…

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A Band-Aid on Workpac v Skene? – Fair Work Amendment Casual Loading Offset

On 18 December 2018 the Federal Government introduced the Fair Work Amendment (Casual Loading Offset) Regulations 2018 (Cth) (Amendment) to vary the Fair Work Regulations 2009 (Cth) (Regulations) in light of the decision in Workpac v Skene, a case we have reviewed previously (Workpac v Skene article). The Amendment clarifies that an employer now has a statutory right to offset…

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Councils Beware of General Protections Claims – “Slow the Process Down”

General Protections claims have become a convenient tool for employees working in local council to avoid or even unnecessarily prolong legitimate performance management issues, action regarding illness and injury and misconduct concerns.  Executives and managers in local council need to be aware of how to protect their organisation against such claims and reduce the risk…

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