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With the start of the new financial year and the annual increase in minimum wages, many businesses have most likely reviewed their pay rates and modern awards to ensure their company’s compliance in this regard. However, many businesses are failing to get some of the other basics right when it comes to record-keeping for their employees.
Posted on:
6 Jul 2018
Flexible working arrangements have become more and more popular over the years. Traditionally, this was something used by working mothers and carers, but as social norms have evolved, it has become very common for all types of workers to want to adopt flexible working arrangements. For example, flexible working arrangements allow employees to balance family, carer and other responsibilities and interests alongside their work commitments and career goals.
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22 Jun 2018
In a society where the use of technology including mobile telephones and computers has become so prevalent, it is no surprise that electronic devices are changing the way in which we communicate. There has been a growing trend where employees and employers now communicate almost exclusively via email or text message. As such, it is not unexpected that there are a number of employers who have terminated the employment of their staff by phone, text or email in order to avoid those hard to have conversations with their employees.
Posted on:
8 Jun 2018
The Fair Work Commission handed down a decision on Friday, 1 June 2018 increasing the National Minimum Wage by 3.5%. This means the National Minimum Wage will increase to $719.20 per week or $18.93 per hour and comes into effect on 1 July 2018. The increase will affect employees paid the National Minimum Wage, or at Modern Award rates and those employees under a registered enterprise agreement which is linked to any outcome of the FWC’s annual wage review.
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8 Jun 2018
When I am approached by parties to act as a mediator, I am often asked to explain the difference between a mediators‘s role and the role of an arbitrator.  Many people treat the roles as interchangeable.  A recent decision of the New South Wales Supreme Court[1] highlights the difference between the two processes, and the dangers where legislation in this area is not strictly followed.
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6 Jun 2018
In September 2017, ‘safe harbour’ reforms to insolvency law were introduced to encourage directors to engage in a course of action early that is reasonably likely to achieve better outcomes for companies than immediate administration or liquidation. However, the existence of a safe harbour may not be enough if shareholders are locked into an intractable dispute.
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6 Jun 2018
Over a nine month period to July 2018, amendments to the Corporations Act come into force which significantly limit the ability of corporate parties to rely on an ‘insolvency event’ to modify or terminate their contracts entered into after that date.
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30 May 2018
Ordinarily, there is nothing very comic about legal contracts. In particular, employment contracts can be long, difficult to understand and full of legalese. As a way of tackling this, there is an emerging trend to think outside the box when it comes to contract law and expressing legal concepts. In this week’s client alert, we discuss the creative innovations that are being considered in contract design, specifically through the use of illustrations, diagrams and other comic-book like imagery.
Posted on:
25 May 2018
SME business people such as finance brokers usually relish the freedom from legal formality afforded by the sole director/shareholder company model. This innovation was introduced by amendments to the former Corporations Law in the mid-1990s.
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17 May 2018
In recent weeks there’s been much controversy over whether Donald Trump can enforce a Non-Disclosure Agreement (“NDA”) concerning an alleged historical dalliance. The putative paramour, a Ms Daniels, has been reported as arguing that even though she signed the NDA and accepted a payment under it, she is not bound because the now President of the United States did not sign (possibly his lawyer did instead).
Posted on:
16 May 2018

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