Asia Pacific

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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Voluntary assisted dying laws commence in Victoria – Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 (Vic)

The Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 (Vic) (Act) comes into force in Victoria on 19 June 2019.

Victoria is the first Australian State to pass voluntary assisted dying laws. The laws represent part of the Victorian government’s broader reforms in relation to end of life choices and the quality of palliative care.

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Hall & Wilcox advises Victory Offices Limited on $30 million IPO and ASX listing

Leading Australian law firm Hall & Wilcox is pleased to have advised Victory Offices Limited on its successful $30 million initial public offering of securities and listing on the Australian Securities Exchange.

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FWO finds Uber drivers are not employees

On 7 June 2019, the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) announced that it would not pursue Uber Australia Pty Ltd (Uber Australia) for employee entitlements after finding that Uber drivers are independent contractors and not employees of Uber Australia.

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Talking Tax – Issue 159

Forgiveness of a loan – deemed dividend under Division 7A
In VCJN and Commissioner of Taxation (Taxation) [2019] AATA 968 (23 May 2019), the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (Tribunal) agreed with the Commissioner of Taxation (Commissioner) that the taxpayer’s forgiveness of a loan should be treated as a deemed dividend per s 109E(1) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 (Cth) (ITAA36).

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Start ups – Understanding Tax and R&D concessions

Dr. Rita Choueiri Director at William Buck and Lawyer Raoul D’Cruz discuss tax and R&D concessions for startups after a recent talk with Stone & Chalk Melbourne.

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Sexual harassment at work: what your company needs to know. ILN lawyers from around the world weigh in.

The International Lawyers Network’s Labor & Employment Group announces the second release of its publication, “Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: What Employers Need to Know.” This collaborative electronic guide offers a summary of key labor law principles in 21 jurisdictions across the globe, serving as a quick, practical reference for those reviewing their sexual harassment policies and training in these jurisdictions.

Director of Global Relationship Management, and the guide’s facilitator, Lindsay Griffiths, says “We’re pleased to offer the second edition of our paper, which builds on our previous efforts. We have a number of new jurisdictions, and the group continues to work collaboratively to update the paper to be a practical and valuable resource for employers examining their sexual harassment policies and training, to ensure they can avoid or promptly handle any #metoo incidents.”

To view the paper, please click here: http://bit.ly/ILNMeToo

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