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18 November 2019

Is a charity or not-for-profit organisation required to have a Whistleblower policy?

From 1 January 2020 charities and not-for-profits structured as public companies (including companies limited by guarantee) and large proprietary companies must have a whistleblower policy unless they have an annual consolidated revenue of less than $1 million. There is an obligation to make the policy available to all employees and office holders of the company. […]

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12 November 2019

Cross River Rail – Resumption of land and properties. What am I legally entitled to claim in compensation?

The Cross River Rail is one of the largest infrastructure projects to be undertaken in South East Queensland. The Project team have stated, “It is a critical public transport infrastructure project which will improve quality of life, help our economy keep growing, generate thousands of jobs, and activate urban development across the whole region.” As […]

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12 November 2019

Contracts – the fine print

“It’s better to do it now and ask for forgiveness later”. You may have heard this expression. Have you ever wondered how it can turn out? In the Queensland Supreme Court, a recent Court of Appeal decision has slapped down a land buyer who installed solar panels on a house without first getting the seller’s […]

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8 October 2019

How good is your word – Sebastian v Day

Most people know that contracts can be anything from a formal written agreement to a verbal promise, or a combination of both. They may also be familiar with the phrase “you are only as good as your word”. People often make handshake-deals with close friends or family due to the trust fostered within those relationships […]

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1 October 2019

Genuine Redundancy – A reminder to consult

In the midst of economic downturns or poor financial performance, employers are often faced with the difficult decision to restructure their business, or streamline/automate some of their processes to remain competitive. Sometimes employers are left with no other option but to make some of their hard-working employees redundant. However, employers should be wary of their […]

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23 September 2019

What is a Restraint Clause?

Business owners put a lot of hard work and effort into building their business. It is important to protect your commercial information and intellectual property. What do you do when an employee leaves to work for a competitor? Firstly, it is very important to have a well drafted employment agreement in place which contains strong […]

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16 September 2019

What can I do if I am in dispute with my franchisee?

We are seeing more and more high-profile disputes with some of Australia’s leading franchises as franchisees work together to challenge the imbalance of power often between the franchisee and the franchisor. High profile cases like Mortgage Choice, Retail Food Group, Ultra Tune, Nando’s and 7-Eleven have shed light on the fact that all is not […]

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12 September 2019

Should I file a trade mark if I have been using it for years?

Trade marks are everywhere in our world and any business needs to understand how to protect their intellectual property just as much locally as globally. It has often been said that a trade mark can be your most important and valuable tool to market your business, your goods or services. Trade marks can be misunderstood. […]

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3 September 2019

Which state or jurisdiction governs Long Service Leave?

In most states or territories, if you have been working for an employer for more than 7 years of continuous service you are entitled to Long Service Leave (LSL) paid pro-rata, or full pay after 10 years of continuous service. Entitlements to LSL derives from the relevant laws of each state or territory under the […]

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26 August 2019

New ‘lemon laws’ to protect buyers take effect from 1 September

On 1 September 2019, the Palaszczuk Governments new ‘lemon laws’ take effect with aim of specifically targeting defective cars that can’t be repaired to a customer’s satisfaction and to re-introduce a 30-day/1000km warranties for people buying a vehicle from a motor dealer, that is more than 10 years old, or which has 160,000km or more […]

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