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Posted on 17 Sep 2021

Mandatory Jabs for Construction Workers

On 16 September 2021, the State government announced that construction workers now have until 23 September 2021 at 11:59pm to have had their first dose of a vaccine. Although the precise details of the…

Posted on 10 Sep 2021

New Rent Relief Regulations for Commercial Leases

As flagged in my earlier article, the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme Regulations 2021 are now in effect and set out the requirements for rent relief for eligible tenants and eligible leases and licences. Unfortunately…

Posted on 17 Aug 2021

Hysteria or Fact? Mandatory Vaccination in Workplaces

Since the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine began, there has been considerable discussion surrounding the possible mandating of vaccines in workplaces. Those discussions have had renewed prominence after National Cabinet discussed the issue in…

Posted on 28 Jul 2021

Announcement by Premier – Reintroduction of Rent Relief Scheme

The announcement made today confirms that the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme is being reintroduced in Victoria. Details have not yet been released but the Premier’s press release states that: 1. The Scheme is available…

Posted on 10 Jun 2021

New Definition of Casual Employment: What it means for Employers

The recently enacted Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Act 2021 (the Act) has made several significant changes to casual employment in Australia. As of 26 March 2021, the Fair Work…

Posted on 24 May 2021

When should I make a power of attorney?

Some clients feel they are too young to worry about putting a power of attorney in place, and that it is something for later in life. Sadly we also see clients who have left…

Posted on 24 May 2021

Family Trusts – beware the 8% duty surcharge

If you are purchasing residential property in your discretionary (family) trust, or may in future, then read on. In 2015, Victoria introduced an 8% stamp duty surcharge for foreign purchasers of residential property. This…

Posted on 14 Dec 2020

Extension to COVID-19 Regulations in relation to commercial leases and licences

Jaala Pulford, the Victorian Minister for Small Business has posted an announcement stating that the existing Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme will be extended “to provide support for small businesses that need it – to…

Posted on 11 Nov 2020

COVID-19 Rent Relief Regulations for Commercial Leases & Licences

The COVID-19 Commercial Leases and Licences Regulations have been amended to extend the relevant period for rent relief to 31 December 2020. There are also a number of other significant changes including the following:…

Posted on 5 Oct 2020

“A Firm, Advance Commitment” – Casual employment in a post-WorkPac Australia

Following the decision of WorkPac Pty Ltd V Rossato employers are encouraged to review existing casual employment contracts On 20 May 2020, the Full Court handed down its decision in WorkPac Pty Ltd v…