Update on Mandatory Covid-19 Vaccination for Staff

Update on Mandatory Covid-19 Vaccination for Staff

In a significant decision, the Full Bench of the Full Fair Work Commission has determined that an employer has the power to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for staff.
14 December, 2021
Extension of time for liquidator to bring proceedings due to COVID-19

Extension of time for liquidator to bring proceedings due to COVID-19

In a recent Federal Court case, the Court had to consider whether a liquidator was entitled to an extension of time to bring proceedings pursuant to section 588FF(1) of the Corporations Act due to COVID-19.
7 November, 2021
First meeting of creditors in an administration and its importance

First meeting of creditors in an administration and its importance

The first meeting of creditors in an administration, although procedural, is still important. This was highlighted in the recent case of Bluechain Pty Ltd (No 2) [2021] VSC 260. Facts The Court ordered that provisional liquidators be appointed to the company and...
25 October, 2021
Update on Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination

Update on Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination

On 15 October 2021, the Chief Health Officer (CHO) issued the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions (No 3) (Directions) under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (Vic). The Directions expand the workers-specific definitions under Schedule 1. This paper provides...
18 October, 2021

Can employers make the COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for staff?

There are many different issues raised by this question so there is no ‘one size fits all’ answer. Guidance on mandating COVID-19 vaccinations from the Fair Work Ombudsman[1] and Safe Work Australia[2] has evolved considerably and we expect that to...
11 October, 2021
Statutory demands and proving solvency

Statutory demands and proving solvency

The recent Victorian Supreme Court case is a reminder of the high threshold required to prove solvency when faced with a statutory demand.
8 October, 2021
Valuer and Retail Leases Update: Yet another Valuation set aside

Valuer and Retail Leases Update: Yet Another Valuation Set Aside

In 328 Hampshire Road Pty Ltd v Medical One Pty Ltd (Building and Property) [2021] VCAT 1117, another rental valuation was set aside for failing to provide detailed reasons in compliance with section 37 (6) of the Retail Leases Act...
30 September, 2021

Important changes to the construction industry in response to COVID-19

Under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008, the Chief Health Officer has issued a COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Directions for the construction industry sectors to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
28 September, 2021
Practical tips to deal with the recent defamation judgment in the High Court

Practical tips to deal with the recent defamation judgment in the High Court

n a recent case the majority of the High Court held that news outlets can be considered publishers of comments posted by third parties (members of the public) and under articles on the news site’s Facebook page for the purpose...
21 September, 2021