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Fee collection & remuneration

Fee collection & remuneration

A range of factors affect whether or not an individual engaged to perform work is actually an employee or an independent contractor.

Third time unlucky: Optical Superstores held liable for payroll tax on patient fees transferred to optometrists under occupancy agreements

Third time unlucky: Optical Superstores held liable for payroll tax on patient fees transferred to optometrists under occupancy agreements

In the most recent chapter of the battle between the Victorian State Revenue Office and The Optical Superstore Pty Ltd, the Commissioner of State Revenue has claimed victory, with the Court of Appeal finding on 12 September 2019 that transfers of funds made to optometrists by Optical Superstore were subject to payroll tax under Victorian law.

Whose equipment and expenses?

Whose equipment and expenses?

When considering whether an allied health worker is an employee or a contractor, one factor to consider is in respect of the provision of tools, equipment and other assets required to undertake the work.

Controlling the contractor

Controlling the contractor

The measure of control exercised by one party over the other is an important factor in determining the nature of the relationship between a purported contractor and principal, or employee and employer.

Medical and allied health practices – are you covered for Workers Compensation?

Medical and allied health practices – are you covered for Workers Compensation?

Workers in the allied health industry, such as nurses, doctors and other professionals may find themselves exposed to many different risks and hazards on a day-to-day basis, including lifting and moving patients and equipment; work-related stress; slips, trips and falls; exposure to infectious diseases and occupational violence.

Medical and allied health practices – your tax obligations

Medical and allied health practices – your tax obligations

The tax obligations on a practice in relation to an employment relationship are often perceived as being significantly more costly (and restrictive) compared to simply engaging a practitioner as an independent contractor. However tread carefully when making this decision, as getting your characterisation of a worker wrong can be even more costly and you may find yourself on the wrong side of the law.

Ownership of medical records – yours, mine or ours?

Ownership of medical records – yours, mine or ours?

Upon the termination of a relationship between the practice and practitioner, who will retain the patient records? Where will they be stored? Is the practitioner permitted to access the records, or make a copy?

Goodwill hunting – contractor entitlement to goodwill

Goodwill hunting – contractor entitlement to goodwill

Goodwill is the essence of any business, and can often be a business’ most valuable (albeit intangible) asset. The value of goodwill lies in brand identity or recognition, customer networks, positive customer and employee relations, and broadly speaking, reputation.

Superannuation for contractors – come one, come all

Superannuation for contractors – come one, come all

Determining whether an individual is an employee or contractor can leave you scratching your head. There is unfortunately little clarification in the context of superannuation entitlements and determining whether payments to a contractor are covered by the superannuation guarantee (SGC) regime further blurs the line between contractor and employee.