Legal Updates

Beyond the federal election: workplace relations update

The dust has now settled since the surprise re-election of the Morrison Government last month and the subsequent Cabinet reshuffle. Now is a good time to consider what the focus of Government is in respect of workplace relations, and what this may mean for Australian employers.

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Does your company understand the bankruptcy, insolvency and rehabilitation proceedings for your jurisdiction?

Does your company understand the bankruptcy, insolvency and rehabilitation proceedings for your jurisdiction? The ILN’s Restructuring & Insolvency group has put together a collaborative paper on Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Rehabilitation Proceedings, which serves as a quick and practical reference for those with relevant needs in the 12 jurisdictions covered. Please see the full paper here.

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New whistleblower laws apply from 1 July 2019: 3 things employers should do

From 1 July 2019, Australia will have a new whistleblower protection regime covering the corporate, financial and tax sectors.

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Book preview: “Business crisis and insolvency. The new administrative compulsory liquidation.”

Author: Giorgio Cherubini Giorgio Cherubini, in the book published by Maggioli Editore, analyzes the rules…
Giorgio Cherubini

The book also contains commented operational aspects of the compulsory liquidation of banks, insurance companies and cooperative companies and is accompanied by a form for the most common petitions.

 

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Talking Tax – Issue 160

PCG 2019/4 and the practical implications for retirement village operators

The Australian Taxation Office released Practical Compliance Guideline (PCG) 2019/4 on 12 June 2019 which explains the Commissioner of Taxation’s compliance approach to how certain liabilities (i.e. ‘lease surrender liabilities’ and/or ‘increase entry price’ liabilities) are to be treated when a retirement village operator leaves an income tax consolidated group, and where the value of such liabilities has increased between the operator joining and leaving the group. PCG 2019/4 relates only to the treatment of the increase in the liability, which is taken through the entity’s profit and loss account – at which point no deduction is available

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Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave Provides New Worker Notices and Posters, and Issues Final Regulations

As previously reported, last week the Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (“DFML”) announced several changes, both substantive and procedural, to the state’s Paid Family and Medical Leave program (“PFML”). This week, the DFML has provided further guidance on changes to the worker notice requirements, issued new workplace posters, and posted the final regulations.

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29 new senior appointments reflect Hall & Wilcox’s continued growth

Leading independent business law firm Hall & Wilcox is delighted to announce the appointment of eight new partners: Liam Campion, James Deady, Stephanie Driscoll, Maree Ferguson, Frank Hinoporos, Nathan Kennedy, Ilona Strong and James Whiley.

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Labour hire licensing conviction in Queensland

A Queensland magistrate has imposed the first conviction of a company under labour hire licensing legislation in Australia.

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No negligence in return to work process

A District Court judge has dismissed a worker’s claim for damages on the grounds that her employer had failed to properly evaluate her fitness for work before she returned to her pre-injury role. It was concluded that the employer had taken sufficient steps prior to the worker’s return to work, having regard to contemporaneous medical and vocational rehabilitation evidence.

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Financial Services in Focus – Issue 26

Funds and financial products

ASIC issues guidance to licensees to protect against share sale fraud

On 17 June, ASIC issued guidance for Australian financial service (AFS) licensees about how they can mitigate the risks to their clients and business of share sale fraud. The guidance is in Information Sheet 237 Protecting against share sale fraud (INFO 237)

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