Government amends Corporations Act to provide temporary practical COVID relief to companies

With effect from Monday 5 May 2020, the Treasurer amended certain provisions of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (Corporations Act) to provide companies with welcome flexibility in how they may hold their meetings and execute documents electronically whilst individuals are subject to social distancing mandates. The amendments will operate for 6 [...]

2020-05-07T12:25:54+10:00May 7th, 2020|

An overview of the COVIDSafe app

Yesterday the Prime Minister reiterated the government's goal of having 16 million downloads of the COVIDSafe app as a primary means of tracking the progression of the COVID-19 virus. At today's date, only 5 million users have downloaded the app, indicating that the community is wary or unsure of the app, [...]

2020-05-06T09:20:46+10:00May 6th, 2020|

National Code of Conduct for Leases

Introduction National Cabinet has published a code of conduct for leasing to apply during the period of the COVID-19 pandemic (defined by the period during which the Jobkeeper programme is operational) and a reasonable recovery period after the pandemic ends (referred to in this note as the 'moratorium period'). There is [...]

2020-04-17T14:11:17+10:00April 17th, 2020|

JobKeeper Payment Rules

Introduction The Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Rules (Rules) were released over the last weekend. These Rules set out the things that the Treasurer is permitted to do under the framework of the Coronavirus Economic Response Package legislation. Employer's entitlement The Rules determine which employees (defined as eligible employees [...]

2020-04-17T14:04:01+10:00April 17th, 2020|

FWA amendments: more options for employers eligible for JobKeeper payments

We have recently provided updates on temporary variations made to some modern awards and the proposed introduction of additional measures such as pandemic leave and annual leave at half pay in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a further response, the Federal parliament has now passed the Coronavirus Economic Response Package [...]

2020-05-19T08:43:15+10:00April 15th, 2020|

The FWC on the front foot: “Pandemic leave” and annual leave at half pay

On 1 April 2020, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) released a statement proposing to temporarily vary 103 Awards (on the Commission's initiative) to include an entitlement to unpaid "pandemic leave" and to include the flexibility for employees to take annual leave at half pay. Pandemic leave This measure is designed to [...]

2020-04-03T10:15:31+10:00April 3rd, 2020|

Temporary Award variations in response to COVID-19 crisis for employers of clerical and hospitality employees

Over the past week, the Fair Work Commission has handed down decisions which allow employers of those covered by the Clerks – Private Sector Award 2010 (Clerical Award) and the Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2010 (Hospitality Award) greater flexibility during the COVID-19 crisis. Unless extended on further application, the variations to [...]

2020-03-31T11:28:34+10:00March 31st, 2020|

Special alert on employment issues concerning COVID-19

There is no doubt that the COVID-19 virus has brought with it great uncertainty for most businesses.  Not only are organisations struggling with how best to keep their employees safe at this time, the various steps that state and federal governments are now taking to slow down the spread of the [...]

2020-03-23T17:07:13+10:00March 23rd, 2020|

Commercial update – PPSR registration renewals

Expiration of certain PPSR Registrations  Certain registrations on the PPSR are limited to a seven year expiry period, these include registrations for: motor vehicles; water craft; and other property which may be described by a serial number (such as certain plant and machinery. As the Personal Property Security Act 2009 commenced on 30 January 2012, [...]

2019-01-30T08:36:02+10:00January 21st, 2019|

New GST Withholding requirements

Effective from 1 July 2018, the Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Measures No. 1) Act 2018 imposes obligations upon Buyers of certain new residential premises1 and certain potential residential land 2 to withhold and remit GST directly to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) Key features of the new regime include: GST withholding on new residential property [...]

2018-12-04T13:53:01+10:00July 12th, 2018|
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