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Changes To Casual Employment – The Fair Work Act 2009

In April 2024, there were changes made to the Fair Work Act 2009 regarding the definition of “casual employment” and casual conversion rights. Both employers and employees who are employed pursuant to a casual employment contract need to be aware of these changes, which come into effect on 26 November 2024. Currently the main factor...
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Enduring Powers of Attorney / Advanced Health Directives

What is an Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPOA) and do I need one?  In brief, an EPOA is a legal document that authorizes another person or corporate trustee to act on your behalf. There are two types of EPOA, one for finances and one for personal (health) matters.  You can appoint the same person to...
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Superannuation to increase 1 July 2023

Superannuation to increase 1 July 2023. The superannuation guarantee (SG) is the minimum percentage of a salary that an employer must contribute to an employee’s superannuation fund. The percentage is legislated and controlled by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). The current SG percentage is 10.5% of employees’ ordinary time earnings. From 1 July 2023, the...
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Damage to strata titled unit – Who is responsible?

Damage to strata titled unit – Who is responsible for the repairs? Disputes can arise between a body corporate and a lot owner in relation to damage sustained to a unit. The common issue is which party is responsible to repair the damage? Identify the relevant survey plan An important first step is to find...
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eConveyancing: Now Mandatory in Queensland

In accordance with the Land Title Regulation 2022 (‘Regulation’), as of 20 February 2023, Queensland has followed suit with New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia to make eConveyancing mandatory for certain land title transactions. If you are looking to sell or purchase a property, it is important to know how the conveyancing...
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WHOSE TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY?

Whose terms and conditions prevail when a contract dispute arises is a common issue. In Australia the current test is referred to as “the last shot rule”, which originates from the English common law case of Butler Machine Tool Co Ltd v Ex-Cell-O Corp (England) Ltd. The rule applies the contractual principles of offer and...
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Australian Consumer Law – Unfair Contract Term Provisions

It is important to be aware of the terms that are contained within your business contracts. If you are imposing terms and you’re not sure whether they are fair to both parties to the contract, this blog is for you. What is a standard form contract? If a party alleges that a contract is standard...
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Commercial lease – get advice before signing

Before you sign a commercial lease, you should have a lawyer review it first. A commercial lease is a legal document that sets out the rights and responsibilities of both the tenant and the landlord of commercial or business premises. It is a contract for the rental of the premises by the tenant. A commercial...
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Employee or Contractor – The Clarified Approach

The approach on how to determine whether a worker is an employee of a business or an independent contractor historically involved the application of a multifactorial test. However, this approach has been recently clarified by the High Court. In the recent decisions of Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union & Anor v Personnel Contracting...
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Bankruptcy and the family home – a relief with a serious consequence

The bankruptcy path is not an easy one and should not be taken lightly given the consequences that follow.  Whilst bankruptcy can offer relief, release you from debts and allow you to look to new beginnings in the long term, the short-term consequences can be significant. To learn more about bankruptcy generally and its process...
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