Land Tax Assessments and Objections

Land Tax Assessments and Objections

Many homeowners are currently feeling the sting of the bearish turn the property market has taken, and the Victorian State Revenue Office (SRO) are rubbing salt in the wounds as they issue significantly increased land tax assessments.

A candlelit dinner with the ATO no more

A candlelit dinner with the ATO no more

On 6 February 2019, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) withdrew Interpretative Decision 2003/589 (decision) which provided that a company can forgive a debt owed by a natural person for reasons of “natural love and affection” without consequence.

Untangling the crypto regulatory framework

Untangling the crypto regulatory framework

The closing date of the Australian Government’s consultation process regarding the making of an initial coin offering (ICO) provides us with an opportunity to take a breath and review the current regulatory state of the crypto world, in preparation for the regulations that may be on the horizon.

Undocumented variations and repudiation: Domestic Building Contracts

Undocumented variations and repudiation: Domestic Building Contracts

Building construction is a time-consuming and costly process that can be difficult to manage for all parties.  Very often, changes to the scope of the works being undertaken are requested or necessitated by circumstance, resulting in each party’s rights being uncertain at best when those variations are not properly documented in accordance with the Domestic Building Contracts Act 1995 (Vic) (Act).

“Fat-shaming” a valid reason for dismissal

“Fat-shaming” a valid reason for dismissal

Ms Bastoni was employed by ORC International Pty Ltd as a casual market research interviewer for more than 8 years before her employment was terminated after an incident on 26 May 2018 in which she referred to her supervisor as having “extra padding”.

Payroll tax cuts in regional Victoria

Payroll tax cuts in regional Victoria

New data has shown how businesses across regional Victoria have taken advantage of the Victorian Government’s regional payroll tax cuts.  The number show businesses have saved more than $31 million in the first financial year it was introduced.

Accountants: Be careful with your SMSF services

Accountants: Be careful with your SMSF services

The activities that accountants without an AFSL provide to self-managed super funds (SMSFs) have been clarified by a recent Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) guidance note.

Are your casual employees really casual?

Are your casual employees really casual?

In a controversial decision with potentially wide-reaching consequences, the Full Court of the Federal Court has upheld an earlier ruling that a labour hire employee who worked as a “casual” truck driver at Queensland coal mines on a regular basis over several years was not actually a casual employee for the purposes of the National Employment Standards, and was entitled to paid annual leave when his employment ended.

When can a landlord of retail premises withhold consent to an assignment of lease?

When can a landlord of retail premises withhold consent to an assignment of lease?

In a recent VCAT decision of AVC Operations Pty Ltd v Teley Pty Ltd (2018) VCAT 931 it was held that the landlord of a lease governed by the Retail Leases Act (Act) was not entitled to withhold consent to an assignment of a lease of a hotel business on the basis that the incoming tenant (assignee) did not have sufficient financial resources or business experience to meet the lease obligations.

Husqvarna in breach of the Franchising Code of Conduct

Husqvarna in breach of the Franchising Code of Conduct

Husqvarna Australia (Husqvarna), a subsidiary of the Swedish Husqvarna Group, has recently signed an enforceable undertaking to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in relation to breaches of the Franchising Code of Conduct (Franchising Code), the Competition and Consumer Act (CCA) and the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).

Impending Changes to Long Service Leave in Victoria

Impending Changes to Long Service Leave in Victoria

On 15 May 2018 the Long Service Leave Act 2018 (Vic) (the Act) received Royal Assent with an effective date of 1 November 2018. The Act repeals and replaces the Long Service Leave Act 1992 (Vic), provides increased benefits for various classes of employees, including in particular parents and carers, and will apply to all employees in Victoria unless explicitly excluded.