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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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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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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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Building and construction – pre-contract review is a must

When building and construction contract disputes arise, it’s costly and causes a number of issues for many involved in the project. Pre-contract review is crucial so that your business ensures the contract accurately and precisely records the agreed terms between the parties while adequately balancing the risks. A well-drafted construction contract should provide certainty for...
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Should you sign a personal guarantee?

Personal guarantees are common in business transactions. It is a written promise to guarantee the liability of one party for the debts of another party. Typical scenarios where personal guarantees will be required include: when a supplier gives credit to a business carried on by a company; when a landlord leases commercial premises to a...
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Community Titles Scheme – what is it?

If you are planning to buy a community title scheme property (also known as strata or group title), there are some important legal matters that you should know. What is a community title scheme property? A community title scheme is essentially an area of land that is divided into at least two lots or units...
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When out-of-hours conduct are cause for dismissal

When out-of-hours conduct are cause for dismissal Our previous blog “When does out-of-hours conduct cause for employee dismissal?” highlighted the consequences for employees who engage in certain conduct outside work hours such as a fight, sexual harassment, social media content and public drinking. Recent cases of Sydney Trains v Andrew Bobrenitsky (2022) and Corry v...
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Superannuation to increase 1 July 2022

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% of employees’ ordinary time earnings. From 1 July 2022, the SG will increase from 10% to...
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Changes to REIQ residential contract from 20 January 2022

Changes to REIQ residential contract from 20 January 2022. On 20 January 2022, the Contract for Houses and Residential Land was amended and now includes new standard terms to accommodate new court decisions and updated legislation. The following clauses have significant impact on the sale and purchase of residences. Clause 7.8 Compliant Smoke Alarms The...
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Can an employer direct an employee to be vaccinated?

Can an employer direct an employee to be vaccinated? We have previously written about the COVID-19 business restrictions in Queensland and how an employer may require an employee to be vaccinated. While that may be the case, it is not as straight forward as it may seem. There are specific considerations when determining who must...
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