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5 December 2013

Somebody owes me money and will not pay me – What do I do?

If you are owed money there are various measures that you can take to recover it. These measures depend on whether or not an individual or company owes you the money. If an individual owes you money the best initial step to take is to issue a letter of demand to that individual. The letter of […]

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13 December 2013

Changes to Asbestos Laws

On 1 January 2014, further provisions of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (Qld) will come into force relating to the management of asbestos. These additional provisions specifically relate to any workplace which there is, or is likely to be, naturally occurring asbestos. What is ‘naturally occurring asbestos’? Naturally occurring asbestos is asbestos created […]

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19 December 2013

With or Without Prejudice?

In the recent unfair dismissal case of Hammerton v Knox Grammar School [2013] FWC 9024 the Fair Work Commission ordered the production of “without prejudice” documents. The relevant documents were issued during settlement negotiations between the parties. Ms Hammerton (the applicant), argued that she was forced into resigning during the said negotiations and was therefore, […]

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23 December 2013

Partnership Dissolution

I often get approached by clients in dispute with their business partners. If you are in a partnership, and in a dispute with the other partner/s, it is important to know how the dispute will be managed. How is a partnership regulated? If there is a partnership agreement between the partners, this will be the […]

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7 January 2014

Two sides to every story

I recently read the case of Alexander v Cappello & Anor [2013] FCCA 860, where an employer told his employee that there were always “two sides to every story” when she complained about being sexually harassed. The employee won more than $100,000 in damages when her employer sacked her for complaining about sexual harassment. The […]

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16 January 2014

Expiry of PPSR Transitional Period

The PPSR The Personal Properties Securities Act 2009 (Cth) (“the PPSA”) took effect on 30 January 2012. It established a new system for the creation, priority and enforcement of security interests in “Personal Property”, which is generally all property other than land, fixtures and certain statutory interests. The PPSA also established the Personal Property Securities […]

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22 January 2014

Amendments to Privacy Laws – Is your business compliant?

The Australian Privacy Principles On 12 March 2014, the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012 (Cth) will come into effect. This amending Act drastically bolsters existing privacy protection measures offered to consumers and reflects increasing public concerns regarding the handling of personal information by businesses, particularly in the online environment. The Act also introduces […]

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13 February 2014

What is a partnership?

I have recently been asked about partnerships generally, and what distinguishes them from other business structures. It is important to have a firm understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of a partnership, before entering into one, to run a business. What is a partnership? A partnership is essentially an agreement made between 2 to 20 […]

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7 March 2014

Payroll Tax – Who is an employee?

In the recent decision of Freelance Global Ltd v Chief Commissioner of State Revenue, the Supreme Court of New South Wales ruled that Freelance Global Ltd (“Freelance”), a company which described itself as a specialist in facilitating work for independent contractors, was an “employment agent” for the purposes of payroll tax. The case highlights the […]

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14 March 2014

Business Law Update for 2014

There is no doubt that 2013 was a huge year of change in respect of the laws applying to small and large businesses. This will continue throughout 2014. I recently presented the 2014 Business Legislation Update Seminar for the Australian Institute of Company Directors on the Sunshine Coast. Some of the key areas I addressed […]

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