Coronavirus and the Law: Changes to the Clerks – Private Sector Award 2010

On Saturday 28 March 2020, a Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission made a determination to vary the Clerks – Private Sector Award 2010 (Clerks Award) by inserting “Schedule 1 – Award Flexibility During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Schedule 1...
30 March, 2020

Coronavirus and the Law: Changes to Statutory Demands, Bankruptcy Notices and Insolvent Trading Provisions

Whilst the world is watching the horrific health consequences of the Coronarvirus pandemic unfold, the virus is also having a devastating economic impact across almost all areas of commerce. Few have been spared. Tens of thousands have already lost their...
30 March, 2020

Coronavirus and the Law: Now is the time to check your terms and conditions and protect yourself!

Oftentimes, terms and conditions (T & C’s) are created and then not reviewed for many years. When there is a problem – like those that might arise due to the coronavirus pandemic – the first thing that is considered is...
30 March, 2020

Coronavirus and the Law: What do I need to do if I require my employees to work from home as a result of the Coronavirus? What issues does this raise for an employer?

The Coronavirus pandemic has seen a surge in Australian employees working from home to implement social distancing measures with many employers having to rapidly react to the change in working environment. From midday on Monday 23 March 2020, the National...
27 March, 2020

Coronavirus and the Law: My customer has an administrator / liquidator appointed – what should I do?

The current COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc with businesses and it is an unfortunate reality that in the event one of your customers become insolvent, your business could be severely affected. In part three of this series, Special Counsel Catherine...
25 March, 2020

Attention Landlords and Tenants – a Q&A about COVID-19

With the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects (at a global, national and local level) rapidly changing on a daily basis, we have been inundated by landlords, tenant and agents asking how COVID-19 will affect them, specifically their businesses and leasing...
25 March, 2020

Urgent action needed to take advantage of Superannuation Guarantee Amnesty

Superannuation gap The Federal Government has long been concerned with the “superannuation gap”.  This is the difference between the superannuation guarantee contributions that employers have been paying on behalf of workers and what they are required to pay under the...
23 March, 2020

Valuer and Retail Leases Update – COVID-19 and tenants

In brief The economy has been dramatically affected by COVID-19 and it is likely we will continue to suffer from the financial effects for months to come. I have had numerous calls from tenants asking what will happen to their...
23 March, 2020

Coronavirus and the Law: Can employers stand down employees without pay in response to Coronavirus?

COVID-19 virus has and will continue to throw up many unexpected and difficult employment law issues for employers to manage in what is a fast changing and fluid situation. The standing down of 20,000 Qantas staff is just one such...
20 March, 2020