ACCC Franchising Submission

ACCC Franchising Submission

The new Franchising Code of Conduct (FCC) regime commenced on 1 January 2015 with the aim of updating franchising laws in Australia, including assisting franchisees in positions of weaker bargaining power. 

New Requirements for Land Sales and Developers

New Requirements for Land Sales and Developers

The new financial year will bring in a number of changes to the property industry.  Developers need to plan for these changes to ensure compliance and avoid any delays or other adverse implications once the amendments take effect.

Minimum wage increase from 1 July 2018

Minimum wage increase from 1 July 2018

The Fair Work Commission (Commission) have today determined that it is appropriate to increase modern award minimum wages by 3.5 per cent, raising the national minimum wage to $24.30 a week. The new changes come into effect from 1 July 2018.

Lessons From Stojic: It Is Better To Under Promise And Over Deliver When Negotiating Payment Arrangements With The ATO

Lessons From Stojic: It Is Better To Under Promise And Over Deliver When Negotiating Payment Arrangements With The ATO

The Commissioner of Taxation (Commissioner) has power pursuant to section 255-15(1) of Schedule 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953 (TAA) to permit a taxpayer to pay off its tax debts by instalments in accordance with a payment arrangement. The recent Federal Court decision of Stojic v Deputy Commissioner of Taxation [2018] FCA 483 (Stojic), which dismissed an application by the sole director and shareholder of the taxpayer company to review a decision by the Commissioner to decline to exercise that power, provides two important lessons.   

Standards shake-up for Financial Advisors

Standards shake-up for Financial Advisors

Amongst the tidal wave of criticism of the financial planning industry in the wake of the royal commission, education and ethical standards is one area a new amendment to the Corporations Act will seek to address from 1 January 2019.  

Unpaid family and domestic violence leave is coming

Unpaid family and domestic violence leave is coming

The Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission handed down an important decision on 26 March 2018, confirming that it will grant award covered employees an entitlement to unpaid family and domestic violence leave.

School Ties Can Put Parents in a Bind

School Ties Can Put Parents in a Bind

Parents must carefully consider their ongoing responsibility for school fees after divorce.

The cost of private secondary school fees – along with those at the primary schools that act as feeders for them – can cause complications even in intact relationships. When couples are separating or divorced, the question of who is responsible for what percentage of school fees can become significantly complex.

Directors should consider climate change risks

Directors should consider climate change risks

‘Climate-related risks’ have moved from a corporate buzzword to an actionable obligation for company directors, who should consider these risks in the context of their organisation and understand that a failure to act with regards to a climate-related risk can result in a contravention of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth)  (Act).

The in-house dilemma: labour v capital

The in-house dilemma: labour v capital

I was intrigued by the high level numbers coming out of the Australian Corporate Counsel report '2017 Benchmarks and Leading Practices' on what in-house teams were spending their money on.

Policy in play…for play

Policy in play…for play

Player safety, fairness, and the integrity and composition of sport are all vital factors to consider in the creation and implementation of effective sport policies and procedures. Clear policies as part of a club’s governance framework provide a club, association or sport generally with guidelines to decision-making, and are an important step to mitigating potential risks that may arise.

HA Award Finalist Nomination

HA Award Finalist Nomination

For the third year in a row Harwood Andrews has been recognised as an innovator and leader in the Australasian legal profession with their nomination as a finalist in the 2017 Australasian Law Awards.