Legal Updates

Talking Tax – Issue 149

Changes to deductions for non-compliant payments to workers

From 1 July 2019, businesses will lose their deductions for payments to employees if no pay as you go (PAYG) withholding amount is withheld and reported to the ATO.

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SCOTUS Today: Circuit Split Over Salary History Gets a Temporary Pass – but Expect Future Challenges

The Court’s per curiam opinion in Yovino v. Rizo—holding that the Ninth Circuit erred in counting the votes of Judge Stephen Reinhart as to judgments that were issued after he had died—will get a lot of attention in light of its resolution of the issue of what constitutes a judge being in active service, an opinion concluding with the informative and pithy line: “But federal judges are appointed for life, not for eternity.” In the here and how, however, this decision has immediate consequences, particularly for those who practice in the area of labor and employment of law.

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Case update: trade mark licensing and register formalities in the spotlight

The Federal Court recently handed down its decision in Calico Global Pty Ltd v Calico LLC1. This decision highlights the potentially fatal consequences of not updating the IP Australia register to reflect a change in trade mark ownership.

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The components of corporate governance

The expression “corporate governance” has a broader significance than the mere administration and management of the company and covers the complex system formed by the legislation and codes, by the statutes and bylaws, by the shareholders’ agreements, by the resolutions of the shareholders’ meeting and administrative bodies and the large amount of corporate documentation, which all together have the function of protecting and regulating the interests of members and “stakeholders”.

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Hall & Wilcox named as WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) has named Hall & Wilcox as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE).

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Is your land tax bill keeping you awake at night?

Between January and April this year, the State Revenue Office (SRO) will send close to 500,000 land tax assessment notices to owners of real property in Victoria.

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Race Discrimination on the Basis of Hair Is Illegal in NYC

The New York City Commission on Human Rights published legal enforcement guidance defining an individual’s right to wear “natural hair, treated or untreated hairstyles such a locs, cornrows, twists, braids, Bantu knots, fades, Afros, and/or the right to keep hair in an uncut or untrimmed state.”   The guidance applies to workplace grooming and appearance policies “that ban, limit, or otherwise restrict natural hair or hairstyles”:

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Hall & Wilcox advises Arena REIT acquisition of three specialist disability housing properties

Leading Australian law firm Hall & Wilcox has advised Arena REIT on its recent acquisition of three specialist disability housing properties in Adelaide for $23.95m. The three properties, in Salisbury, Kingswood and North Adelaide, are leased on a long term basis to SA disability care and rehabilitation services provider SACARE.

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Financial Services in Focus – Issue 20

Funds and financial products

Royal Commission fallout

On 18 February, the Commonwealth Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, issued a media release setting out the Commonwealth Government’s actions since the release of the final report of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.

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Third party liable to contribute to damages for injury caused by negligence of another

The WA Court of Appeal has upheld a District Court judge’s decision apportioning 25% liability to Harvey Norman, in a case involving a customer injured while collecting purchases from Harvey Norman’s warehouse in Osborne Park.

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