Electronic execution by companies – COVID-19 relief resurrected

On 13 August 2021, the Treasury Laws Amendment (2021 Measures No.1) Act 2021 (Cth) was passed in response to the extended effect of COVID-19 and effectively resurrects previous temporary relief measures to support administrative functions of companies. In summary, the Act temporarily authorises the following: Action Temporary relief Practical Tips and Comments Execution under section 127 of […]

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Updated Advice: Can Employers Mandate Vaccines?

Since our last update on mandatory vaccines in the workplace, the Fair Work Ombudsman has provided some further guidance as to what circumstances it considers will give rise to a valid lawful and reasonable direction from an employer in respect of vaccinations. The FWO considers there are four (4) broad categories of work in respect of risk of exposure: […]

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Is Your Contractor an Employee?

Employment Law: Is Your Contractor an Employee? If you get it wrong, what are the penalties? The ATO (Australian Taxation Office) often issues guidelines for Employers to better understand the relationship they may have with their workers. It is important to get this relationship right from day one. Here are their six (6) basic questions to ask […]

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5 Key Takeaways From The Franchising Code Update

Following the release of the Fairness in Franchising Report and industry consultation, the Australian government has made some changes to the Franchise Code of Conduct (the Franchise Code). These will be implemented from 1 July 2021. At this early stage, it is impossible to assess the full effects that the updates to the Franchise Code […]

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Speaking against your colleagues and employer: High Court of Australia to hear controversial scientist’s appeal

In a matter of a few years, we have another employment law matter before the High Court of Australia dealing with alleged ‘freedom of speech’ at work.  The High Court in its earlier decision of Comcare v Banerji [2019] HCA 23 held that a public servant did not have an untrammelled freedom to criticise their employer by […]

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In The Spotlight: Matthew Rouse

This week, I sit down with Rouse Lawyer’s Managing Partner, Matthew Rouse. Matthew began Rouse Lawyers 15 years ago and practices in mid-market mergers & acquisitions and general corporate advisory. Why a career law? I come from a family of doctors, but I can’t stand the sight of blood.  Law seemed the next best thing without having […]

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Can Employers Mandate Vaccines?

The rollout of the COVID vaccinations has raised the question of whether the vaccine will be mandatory. This is particularly important in employment where employers may demand that their employees receive the vaccine or face discipline/termination. Regulatory Position The Federal Attorney-General released a media statement outlining the Federal Government position on mandatory vaccines.[1] In summary the […]

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Shareholders’ Agreement – An Overview

What is a shareholders’ agreement? A shareholders’ agreement governs the relationship between a company, its shareholders and the shareholders themselves. The shareholders’ agreement provides a road map for the relationship between shareholders while they are in a relationship together and when they end that relationship. Why have one? The process involved in curating a shareholder’s […]

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5 Crucial Questions to Ask When Buying a Business

Purchasing an existing business can be an exciting opportunity. In this article, we outline some key points to consider before signing a contract for a small business such as a cafe, gym, or takeaway shop. In Queensland, a standard form contract is often adopted for such purchases. Is the contract subject to finance? If you […]

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LandMark White: A Frightening Lesson In Cyber Security

In February 2019, it was announced by one of Australia’s largest property valuation firms, LandMark White (“LMW”), had suffered a data breach compromising over 100,000 documents, including valuations and clients’ personal information. Although a frightening prospect for businesses is the increasing risk of data breaches, it is important to learn from LMW’s mistakes and take […]

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ForenSix joins IR as the exclusive Investigative Due Diligence Member in Australia

IR Global, the world’s largest exclusive network of advisory firms is delighted to introduce Greg Lamey of ForenSix. Greg has joined IR as our exclusive Investigative Due Diligence member in Australia. Gregory is the founder and CEO of the Forensix Group, an Australasian-wide organisation specialising in workplace and general/corporate investigations, due diligence and consultancy services. […]

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