Buying a new business can be exciting and full of opportunity for a purchaser. The main expense is of course the purchase price, but there are also other ‘hidden’ immediate costs of the transaction. It is crucial to take note and budget for these costs before signing a contract. Transfer Duty Transfer Duty (also ‘stamp…

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As we step through the long standing effects of COVID-19, JobKeeper starts to dissipate in time and Employers look to restructure their business in response to less demand or increased efficiencies redundancies will be a very usual occurrence. How can Employers reduce their redundancy entitlement payments? Here are 3 factors to consider……… Factor 1 –…

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The Fair Work Commission has vindicated Village Roadshow Theme Parks’ right to request employees on Jobkeeper to take annual leave. Although not going so far as a direction – the words “unreasonable refusal” found in the legislation gives Employers strong grounds to reasonably request employees to take annual leave (with some exceptions) – this is…

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Back in August 2018, the now infamous Workpac v Skene case (Skene) dropped a bombshell on the widely held understanding of what it means to be a casual employee – that is, you get paid more money (casual loading) in exchange for certain entitlements afforded to your permanently employed compadres. The Federal Court of Australia…

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The Fair Work Commission’s early COVID-19 decision is a stark reminder for employers to meet their consultation obligations. Keywords: COVID-19, Coronavirus, Consultation, Fair Work Commission, Redundancy, Employee Termination, Termination of Employment, Consultation. COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on industry around the globe. Undoubtedly, businesses will still be feeling the effects for years to come – but…

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