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.

ATO’s 2017/18 areas of focus for SMSFs

ATO’s 2017/18 areas of focus for SMSFs

At the SMSF National Conference we heard James O’Halloran, Deputy Commissioner of Superannuation give a speech outlining the areas of focus for the balance of the financial year. The speech confirmed that a key component of the ATO is education to prevent breaches before they occur, especially in light of the recent superannuation reforms, but with some specific enforcement priorities.

Succession planning is planning to succeed

Succession planning is planning to succeed

In 2017, the Gforce Group (incorporating People@Work) commissioned a research project to understand trends within workplaces in Geelong, with information collected through interviews with human resources representatives from medium to large organisations.

The weakness of a connected business

The weakness of a connected business

All businesses increasingly rely on other service providers to deliver their products and services, and even a small business will have a surprisingly large supply chain made of many large and small suppliers (who of course have many of their own suppliers). 

Uber drivers and employment rights

Uber drivers and employment rights

In a Fair Work Commission hearing in December 2017, Deputy President Val Gostencnik found that under Australian law, Uber drivers are independent contractors, and therefore ineligible for unfair dismissal protection.

10 legal tips every small business owner should know

10 legal tips every small business owner should know

Not every small business owner has the time to think through legal issues that could make or break their business. However, there are some important legal tips that every business owner should be aware of to avoid time consuming and expensive issues down the track. To assist the time poor, we have put together 10 legal tips to help small business mitigate business risk and achieve their commercial goals .

Crowd-sourced equity funding: First steps

Crowd-sourced equity funding: First steps

Equity crowd funding has taken some first, tentative practical steps.  The new crowd-sourced funding (CSF) regime that started at the end of October 2017 - designed to reduce costs and red-tape for start-ups and SMEs looking to raise capital from a large number of small investors – is still being tweaked, as proprietary companies were excluded from eligibility.  This will be rectified with a bill currently before the Parliament. 

Fairness and good business: a year of Unfair Terms

Fairness and good business: a year of Unfair Terms

It’s been over a year since the Australian Consumer Law provided that terms that are ‘unfair’ in new or renewed consumer and small business contracts could be deemed void and unenforceable.

SMSF – extended time for annual returns this year

SMSF – extended time for annual returns this year

In a move welcomed by SMSF trustees (and their advisors!) the ATO has announced the extension of the lodgment date for self managed superannuation fund (SMSF) annual returns for the 2016/17 year to 30 June 2018. The ATO has confirmed that because 30 June 2018 falls on a Saturday, lodgment can occur on Monday 2 July 2018 without penalties.  
 

The “sting-in-tail” of overseas luxuries

The “sting-in-tail” of overseas luxuries

Do you own a unit in Noosa, a villa in Tuscany, or a ski-lodge in Japan, or hanker for such luxuries?
It is increasingly common for people to own assets in other states or other countries. This can create complications for their wills and estates.