Monthly Archives: January 2019

Talking Tax – Issue 146

GST consequences for couriers as independent contractors

In Qian v FCT, the AAT has confirmed that couriers who supply their own vans may be ‘carrying on an enterprise’ as independent contractors and liable for GST. This case shows how the tax implications of labour hire arrangements will be largely determined by the relevant facts.

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Leveraging Women in Legal – What’s Your Scorecard?

I’m bringing you a treat today, Zen readers! A post from the ILN’s own Jenn Smuts – and it’s a good one. Prepare to get uncomfortable and start asking yourself the hard questions.

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Registrations Due to Expire

Background

The Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR) was established on January 30, 2012, with options to register security interests over personal property for a period of (i) seven years; (ii) between seven and twenty-five years; or indefinitely. With yesterday marking seven years of the PPSR, the first round of registrations (some 120,000) are set to expire soon.

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Governor Cuomo Proposes to Strengthen Protections Against Harassment In the Workplace

Building on progressive legislation passed last year, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a sweeping proposal to strengthen protections against harassment in the workplace. The four part sexual assault and harassment safety reforms initiative, titled “TIME’S UP New York Safety Agenda,” is contained in the Governor’s 2019 Executive Budget, which was released on January 22, 2019. The safety reforms seek to prevent sexual harassment and assault from occurring while simultaneously enabling survivors to seek justice.

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FDA Issues Draft Guidance Related to Biomarker Qualification

On December 11, 2018, the Food and Drug Administrative (“FDA”) issued a draft guidance for comment entitled, “Biomarker Qualification: Evidentiary Framework” (the “Guidance”).  The Guidance provides insight regarding standards for biomarker qualification under the 21st Century Cures Act (“Cures Act”).[1]

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TOP-10 IP Disputes in 2018

CATEGORY: Trademarks
CASE: Sony vs. PAG
DETAILS: Resolution of the Constitutional Court No. 8-P dated 13 February 2018
SUMMARY: Unlike the counterfeit, the original (grey) product cannot be destroyed under the court judgment (unless it endangers human health, the environment or cultural heritage) and it is impossible to recover a large compensation

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RSS hires four articled students after their call to the Bar

The last few days of 2018 were highlighted by the call to the Bar of four articled students who accepted our offer to join the firm as lawyers.  We are proud to have within our ranks:

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Expert insight: what to expect from the Haynes banking Royal Commission final report

The final report from the Haynes banking Royal Commission will be handed down on Friday.

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RSS continues to excel before the courts

January 29, 2019 — The hard work and experience of RSS’s litigators continue to yield positive results.

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Healthcare Cybersecurity Preparedness Tops HHS Priority List

Recently, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (“HHS”) issued guidance for healthcare cybersecurity best practices.  As required under the Cybersecurity Act (CSA) of 2015, this four-part guidance was generated by a Task Group charged with the following:

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