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Payroll tax

Payroll tax risks for Medical, Dental and Allied Health Providers… And more?

03 December 2021

A recent decision of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) is anticipated to increase the risk of payroll tax audits of medical and healthcare practices which use service entities to provide administrative services to practitioners.

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Advance Care Directives – do I need one?

01 December 2021

An Advance Care Directive (ACD) allows you to plan for your medical treatment when you do not have the capacity to consent to or refuse medical treatment.

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HR Hot Tip – new powers of the FWC in hearing sexual harassment matters

30 November 2021

Welcome to our series of HR interviews with Workplace Relations Associate Stephanie Shahine, who answers some of the most commonly asked questions by HR managers regarding employees’ legal entitlements and employers’ health and safety requirements.

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The legal life – meet Krishita Ramjeet

25 November 2021

Krishita Ramjeet is a Lawyer in our Construction & Projects team.

Krishita shares what she is looking forward to for the remainder of 2021 and what she enjoys most about working with clients.

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Forced labour

New “Forced Labour” Bill introduced in the House of Representatives

24 November 2021

We have previously written on the topic of legislation and practice overseas (especially the United States) enabling goods produced by “forced labour” to be seized at the border and destroyed.

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Changes to Victoria’s mandatory vaccination exemption requirements

19 November 2021

Under the new COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions (Directions) issued on 18 November, workers are now required to provide a current COVID-19 digital certificate as ‘acceptable certification’ to prove an exemption from the mandatory vaccination requirements (Vaccination Requirements).

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The Legal Language – merge

11 November 2021

Have you ever read something and thought, “I’m not sure what that means” or ‘is that really correct”? Welcome to our series of quickfire interviews that attempt to unravel those interesting words and phrases.

In this edition, we speak to Property Senior Associate, Huimin Seetoh who talks to us about the word she finds interesting, “merge”.

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Life Interest

I want to end my Life Interest

10 November 2021

Surrendering a life interest – beware the tax implications

A common method to ensure that a family member or spouse of a Willmaker will have the right to reside at a particular property for the rest of their lifetime is for the Willmaker to grant a ‘life interest’ to that individual.

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1 January 2022 – a new year is not fun for everyone!

09 November 2021

Many people look forward to a new year as a time for celebration. However, for importers and exporters and their service providers, including licensed customs brokers and freight forwarders, the start of the 2022 new year is a time to pay close attention to some significant changes to their regulatory regime.

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exemption

New proof of COVID-19 vaccination medical exemption requirements in Victoria

05 November 2021

Effective from 6pm on Friday 12 November 2021, Victorian employers must sight more than a medical certificate to establish that a worker is exempt from the mandatory vaccination requirements (Vaccination Requirements).

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stapled

Are you ready for the superannuation stapling obligations starting Monday 1 November?

29 October 2021

What is the requirement?

From Monday 1 November 2021, if a new onboarding employee does not nominate a preferred superannuation fund (using the Standard Choice Form), the employer is required to ask the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) if there is already a superannuation account linked (stapled) to that employee. If the employee has a stapled fund, the employer must make superannuation contributions to that fund rather than the employer’s default fund.

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director ID

Director Identification Number – changes to the regime

29 October 2021

Under changes to the Treasury Laws Amendment (Registries Modernisation and Other Measures) Act 2020 (Cth) introduced in June 2021, all directors will be required to verify their identity as part of a new Director Identification Number (director ID) requirement.

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The Legal Life – Elise Jasper

26 October 2021

Elise Jasper is a Lawyer in our Workplace Relations team.

Elise shares her best advice for lawyers starting out and some interesting facts about herself.

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The Windfall Gains Tax is on the way

22 October 2021

During the 2021 Victorian State Budget, the Government announced that it would introduce a ‘windfall gains tax’ (WGT) that would apply to large windfall gains associated with planning decisions to rezone land.

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signing

Signing your Will over the internet is here to stay

21 October 2021

During the COVID lockdown last year, the Victorian Government passed emergency legislation to deal with the execution of many legal documents, including Wills and Powers of Attorney. The legislation legalised the electronic signing and witnessing of such documents.

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Legislation proposed for the construction of the ABF’s “Regulatory Sandbox”

14 October 2021

Many of you would be aware that one of my professional dreams is for the Customs Act 1901 (Act) to be replaced with a new version written to modern regulatory standards. Those affected would not be relying on legislation whose origins stretch back to Federation (and even from the States Customs Acts before Federation).

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The Legal Language – Zombie Agreement

13 October 2021

Have you ever read something and thought, “I’m not sure what that means” or “is that really correct”? Welcome to our series of quickfire interviews that attempt to unravel those interesting words and phrases.

In this edition, we speak to Workplace Relations Special Counsel Victoria Comino who talks to us about the phrase she finds interesting, Zombie Agreement.

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The implementation of the RCEP comes ever closer

12 October 2021

This article was first published in October by The Daily Cargo News.

The fact that the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP) has survived the COVID-19 pandemic and the apparent shift towards enhanced protectionism indicates that the parties still believe that there is merit in a rules-based multilateral agreement to facilitate trade.

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Mandatory Vaccination Directions for Victorian workers released

11 October 2021

Following an announcement by the Premier on Friday 1 October, the Victorian Acting Chief Health Officer has now issued Mandatory Vaccination Directions (Directions) that apply to select workers1 (previously referred to as authorised workers) except those in specific industry groups of healthcare, aged care, construction and education.

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Privacy

Vaccination status and the Privacy Act

06 October 2021

  • Businesses must remember their privacy obligations when collecting vaccination status information (and other sensitive information) about employees, contractors and other visitors to the workplace.
  • Unless collection is required or authorised by law, informed consent is generally required for the collection of sensitive information.
  • Businesses must provide a Collection Notice to all individuals, including employees, even if consent to collection is not required.
  • Only the minimum amount of personal information reasonably necessary to prevent or manage COVID-19 or required by law should be collected, used or disclosed.
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HR Hot Tip – casual employees, changes to the IR Omnibus bill, and the new information statements.

06 October 2021

Welcome to our series of HR interviews with Workplace Relations Associate Stephanie Shahine, who answers some of the most commonly asked questions by HR managers regarding employees’ legal entitlements and employers’ health and safety requirements.

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Mandatory Vaccinations

Mandatory Vaccinations for all Victorian authorised workers

04 October 2021

On Friday 1 October, the Victorian Premier announced new rules in relation to vaccination requirements for workers attending workplaces.

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development

The risks of nominating and land development

20 September 2021

The State Revenue Office (SRO) has released a revenue ruling (DA-064) which sets out its views on the meaning of ‘land development’ in the context of the sub-sale provisions.

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HR Hot Tip – Victorian wage theft laws. What does it mean for employers?

16 September 2021

Welcome to our series of HR interviews with Workplace Relations Associate Stephanie Shahine, who answers some of the most commonly asked questions by HR managers regarding employees’ legal entitlements and employers’ health and safety requirements.

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The Legal Language – smuggling

15 September 2021

Have you ever read something and thought, “I’m not sure what that means” or “is that really correct”? Welcome to our series of quickfire interviews that attempt to unravel those interesting words and phrases.

In this edition, we speak to Customs & Trade Partner Andrew Hudson who talks to us about the word he finds interesting, smuggling.

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Doyles Guide recognition for Rigby Cooke Lawyers Wills, Trusts & Estates team

14 September 2021

Rigby Cooke Lawyers is pleased to announce that our Wills, Trusts and Estates team have again been recognised for their exceptional work in Victoria.

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Summary of the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme Regulations 2021

14 September 2021

The Victorian government has continued the Commercial Tenancy Rent Relief Scheme Regulations 2021 (the Regulations) by enacting new regulations to account for the extended lockdown experienced by commercial tenants in Victoria.

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Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme Regulations

14 September 2021

Further to our previous alerts (see here and here), the Victorian Government has now introduced regulations to accompany the legislation governing the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme (CTRS).

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Full-blood or half-blood does it matter?

13 September 2021

The entitlement of half-siblings upon intestacy made clear again.

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To gift or not to gift

10 September 2021

The case of Kennedy v Proctor [2021 VSC 521] concerns a dispute as to whether a horse known as ‘Ishker’ was loaned or gifted by Ms Kennedy to Ms Proctor. It was a decision appealed from the Magistrates’ Court to the Court of Appeal.

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New powers for FWC to deal with sexual harassment issues

03 September 2021

In a partial implementation of the recommendations arising from the Sex Discrimination Commissioner’s Respect@Work report, the Federal Parliament has passed the Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment Bill 2021. The Act will commence when it receives Royal Assent which is expected to occur in the coming days.

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The Legal Language – personal chattels

01 September 2021

Have you ever read something and thought, “I’m not sure what that means” or “is that really correct”? Welcome to our series of quickfire interviews that attempt to unravel those interesting words and phrases.

In this edition, we speak to Wills, Trusts & Estates Partner Rachael Grabovic, who talks to us about the phrase, personal chattels.

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Rossato

Rossato – the High Court says ‘casual’ means ‘casual’

24 August 2021

Businesses, large and small, rely on casual employees to provide flexibility to cater for erratic changes in trading conditions.

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IP

Protecting your innovation and IP

18 August 2021

This article was first published on 2 August 2021 by AMTIL.

Forward looking businesses know innovation is vital to securing a competitive advantage within their chosen industry. But how does a business ensure that it retains the intellectual property (IP) rights in their innovation?

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GST on low–value imports held to account

17 August 2021

Many of those in industry will remember the controversy associated with the introduction of Goods and Services Tax (GST) on “low-value import transactions” (LVT) on consignments three years ago.

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The Legal Life – meet Biljana Stankovski

13 August 2021

Biljana Stankovski is a Lawyer in our Property team.

Biljana shares her goals for the remainder of 2021 and her favourite holiday spot.

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HR Hot Tip – Do I have to pay superannuation to contractors and does the super guarantee percentage apply?

12 August 2021

Welcome to our series of HR interviews with Workplace Relations Associate Stephanie Shahine, who answers some of the most commonly asked questions by HR managers regarding employees’ legal entitlements and employers’ health and safety requirements.

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The AUKFTA – not a Tim Tam for Penguin biscuit exchange

09 August 2021

This article was first published in July 2021 by DCN.

Andrew Hudson takes us on a deep dive into the Australia-UK Free Trade Agreement (AUKFTA), examining what it means for Aussie importers and exporters.

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duty

Don’t worry – those Olympic medals aren’t subject to import duty

06 August 2021

This article was first published on 5 August 2021 by DCN.

Only a Customs & Trade lawyer nerd who also happens to be a sports tragic would start to think about whether customs duty or Goods and Services Tax is payable on Olympic medals when brought into Australia. It would be unfortunate for the winners of the medals to try and establish the value of the medals and then whether customs duty is payable.

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Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme update

05 August 2021

Further to our recent alert, the Victorian Government has introduced new legislation regarding the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme (CTRS).

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Freight company hit with fine for back-payment contravention

05 August 2021

On 26 July 2021, the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) successfully secured a pecuniary penalty of $21,500 in the Federal Circuit Court against the operator of a long-haul trucking business based in Melbourne for failing to comply with a Compliance Notice requiring back-payments of entitlements to a former truck driver.

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The Legal Life – meet Holly Walker

30 July 2021

Holly Walker is a Lawyer in our Customs & Trade team.

Holly shares her best advice for lawyers starting out and some interesting facts about herself.

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packages

New COVID relief package announced

29 July 2021

On 28 July 2021, the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments presented new recovery packages for small businesses. The new support packages will offer $400 million in support to small businesses to be funded equally between the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments.

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advertising

Misleading or deceptive claims in advertising

27 July 2021

In a high-profile reminder that claims made in advertising need to be properly substantiated and supported by evidence, the Federal Court has ordered Lorna Jane to pay $5 million in penalties for making false and misleading representations to consumers, and engaging in conduct liable to mislead the public, in connection with its “LJ Shield Activewear”.

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HR Hot Tip – Flexible working arrangements. Who can request them?

22 July 2021

Welcome to our series of HR interviews with Associate Stephanie Shahine, who answers some of the most common questions asked by HR managers regarding employees’ legal entitlements and employers’ health and safety requirements, especially as business begins to transition back into the office.

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The Legal Language – cloning

14 July 2021

Have you ever read something and thought, “I’m not sure what that means” or “is that really correct”? Welcome to our series of quickfire interviews that attempt to unravel those interesting words and phrases.

In this edition, we speak to Tax Counsel Tamara Cardan who talks to us about the word she finds interesting, which has multiple definitions, cloning.

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compliance

The continuing compliance agenda for Australian trade

09 July 2021

This article was first published in July 2021 by The Daily Cargo News.

Customs & Trade law specialist Andrew Hudson offers some thoughts on the compliance focus of some of Australia’s border agencies.

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Australian Consumer Law

Ensure promotional material complies with Australian Consumer Law

05 July 2021

This article was first published on 29 June 2021 by AMTIL.

Regardless of how you promote products and services to consumers, it is critical to ensure that all product packaging, advertising materials and marketing collateral complies with Australian Consumer Law (ACL), explain Ian Rosenfeld, Emma Simpson and Ian Liu.

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Super

Superannuation Guarantee Contributions

30 June 2021

As we look towards the start of the new financial year, 1 July 2021 will see the Superannuation Guarantee (SG) rate increase from 9.5% to 10% and continue to increase annually until it reaches 12% on 1 July 2025.

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The ongoing Australian trade agenda response to the COVID–19 pandemic. Open for business even with borders closed

28 June 2021

This article was first published in June 2021 by Thomson Reuters Canada.

Despite the optimism surfacing in some quarters that the world and its economy are recovering from the COVID-19 Pandemic, recovery is far from complete and the consequences will continue to affect the world for many years. This article provides some insight into how Australia’s trade has coped and the shape of its recovery – with a little help from its friends.

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Wage

Preparing for 1 July 2021 (and beyond) – including wage and superannuation increases

28 June 2021

Annual Wage Review Decision

On 16 June 2021, the Fair Work Commission handed down its 2021 Annual Wage Review Decision.

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HR Hot Tip – Is the employer obliged to set up office equipment at home as well as at the office?

23 June 2021

Welcome to our series of HR interviews with Associate Stephanie Shahine, who answers some of the most common questions asked by HR managers regarding employees’ legal entitlements and employers’ health and safety requirements, especially as business begins to transition back into the office.

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forced labour

Senate report pushes for restrictions on imported goods produced by forced labour

23 June 2021

This article was first published on 22 June 2021 by Daily Cargo News.

Concerns for human rights have manifested themselves in many ways over the course of many years and led to a range of responses over that time, whether by unilateral national action or collective international action through such bodies as the United Nations Human Rights Council.

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Free Trade agreement

Australia and United Kingdom outline the essentials of their new Free Trade Agreement

16 June 2021

Following a flurry of negotiations and carefully worded press releases, Australia and the United Kingdom (UK) have finally confirmed the outline of their agreement on a Free Trade Agreement (FTAs) between the two nations.

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budget

Customs & Trade: A deeper dive into the 2021-22 Federal budget

11 June 2021

This article was first published in June 2021 by Daily Cargo News.

Customs & Trade law expert Andrew Hudson takes a close look at the latest Federal budget, with a focus on how it will affect industry.

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Victorian Budget 2021-22: Property-related announcements legislated

10 June 2021

The various Property-related tax measures announced in the Victorian State Government Budget will now become law.

The State Taxation and Mental Health Acts Amendment Bill 2021 (the Bill) has passed Victorian Parliament and is currently awaiting Royal Assent.

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The Legal Life – meet Rebecca Durso

04 June 2021

Rebecca Durso is a Lawyer in our Litigation & Dispute Resolution group.

Rebecca shares her career highlights so far and an interesting fact about herself.

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HR Hot Tip – Face masks and Personal Protective Equipment: as an employer, am I required to provide face masks to employees?

03 June 2021

Welcome to our series of HR interviews with Associate Stephanie Shahine who answers some of the most common questions asked by HR managers regarding employees’ legal entitlements and employers’ Health and Safety requirements, especially as business begins to transition back into the office.

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Victorian Budget 2021-22: overview of Property measures

24 May 2021

The Victorian State Government Budget, released on Thursday 20 May 2021, has produced a mixed bag of tax amendments that will affect many taxpayers who own property or are involved in property development.

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STS

Australian Federal Government starts work on the Simplified Trade System

21 May 2021

This article was first published on 20 May 2021 by Daily Cargo News.

Against the background of concerns on the Federal Government’s trade facilitation agenda, the last two Federal budgets have allocated funding towards work on a “Simplified Trade System” (STS) to operate across Government agencies involved in the import and export of goods.

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The Legal Life – meet Tom Hoerner

20 May 2021

Tom Hoerner is a Senior Associate in our Litigation & Dispute Resolution group.

Tom shares what he enjoys most about working in the legal sector and what he is looking forward to for the remainder of 2021.

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Federal Budget

Federal Budget 2021-22: overview of Workplace Relations measures

17 May 2021

The Treasurer handed down the Federal Budget last week. Detailed below are the key tax measures announced that are relevant to Human Resources managers who will need to familiarise themselves with the developments.

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free trade agreements

Free-trade agreements: not just a mechanism for more trade

17 May 2021

This article was first published in May 2021 by Daily Cargo News.

Trade law expert Andrew Hudson argues that free-trade agreements are increasingly not just about trade, they also address societal issues, and this is a good thing.

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Vaccination

No vaccination jab, no job?

14 May 2021

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has recently handed down two significant decisions which turn to the question of whether requiring an employee to receive an influenza vaccination is a lawful and reasonable direction.

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Federal Budget

Federal Budget 2021-22: and some news for industry

12 May 2021

The COVID–19 Pandemic has created many unusual outcomes. One of those was the delay of the May 2020 Australian Federal Budget until October 2020 which included a series of measures aimed at management of the economy in the face of the Pandemic and forecasting future deficits.

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Federal Budget

Federal Budget 2021-22: overview of taxation measures

12 May 2021

The Treasurer handed down the Federal Budget 2021-22 on 11 May 2021. Detailed below is a summary of the significant tax measures announced, followed by further detail regarding each of those measures.

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data protection

Privacy Week: Australians lose confidence in big brands data protection policies

11 May 2021

As Privacy Awareness Week 2021 draws to a close, Rigby Cooke Lawyers are sharing the results of research recently undertaken by Kantar Australia on behalf of the firm, and what this means for businesses.

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HR Hot Tip – Safe workplaces: COVID-19 tests and staff quarantine

06 May 2021

Welcome to our series of HR interviews with Associate Stephanie Shahine, who answers some of the most common questions asked by HR managers regarding employees’ legal entitlements and employers’ health and safety requirements, especially as business begins to transition back into the office.

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The Legal Life – meet Stuart Miller

28 April 2021

Stuart Miller is a Special Counsel in our Construction & Projects team.

Stuart shares how he unwinds and what he enjoys most about working in the legal sector.

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How to determine someone’s decision making capacity

20 April 2021

If one of your loved ones appears to have reduced mental clarity and is planning to make significant decisions regarding changes to their Will, or is considering signing legal documents such as Enduring Powers of Attorney, how should you proceed?

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HR Hot Tip – Can a business direct staff to return to work?

16 April 2021

Welcome to our series of HR interviews with Associate Stephanie Shahine, who answers some of the most common questions asked by HR managers regarding employees’ legal entitlements and employers’ health and safety requirements, especially as business begins to transition back into the office.

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Best Lawyers

Rigby Cooke partners again receive Best Lawyers recognition

15 April 2021

Rigby Cooke is pleased to announce that two of our partners, Andrew Hudson and David McLaughlin, have again been included in the Best Lawyers in Australia rankings for 2022. Best Lawyers is a highly regarded, peer reviewed publication with over 30 years of history.

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The legal life – meet Travis Johnson

14 April 2021

Travis Johnson is an Associate in our Corporate & Commercial group.

Travis shares how he unwinds and why he chose to be a lawyer.

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Beyond the pandemic – trade facilitation and supply chain questions

12 April 2021

This article was first published in April 2021 by Daily Cargo News.

The world continues to struggle with the practical consequences of congestion in the supply chain and governments are initiating reviews into supply chain vulnerabilities and how they may be addressed. However, it remains important that we do not overlook other initiatives to facilitate trade which may have been stalled by the focus on the more immediate problems of the global pandemic.

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Planning & Environment; Doyles Guide

Doyles Guide recognition for Rigby Cooke Lawyers Planning and Environment team

12 April 2021

Rigby Cooke Lawyers’ Planning & Environment team have again been recognised for their exceptional work in the Victorian planning space.

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Rigby Cooke expands its Litigation & Dispute Resolution team

06 April 2021

Rigby Cooke Lawyers is pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Hoerner as a Senior Associate in our Litigation & Dispute Resolution team.

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contract risk

Managing contract risk in a COVID-19 climate

06 April 2021

This article was first published in March 2021 by AMTIL.

With the commercial impacts of COVID-19 still fully to reveal themselves, the uncertainty this creates for manufacturers, suppliers and service providers in the construction, engineering and infrastructure sectors will likely be felt for some time.

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The legal life – meet Kieran Bowling

01 April 2021

Kieran Bowling is a Lawyer in our Construction & Projects group.

Kieran shares what he enjoys most about working with clients and his favourite holiday spot.

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Industrial Relations Omnibus Bill update

30 March 2021

Significant amendments to the proposed Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2021 (the Bill) were circulated and passed on 17 March 2021 at the Senate.

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Family Trust Election – What is it and do I need one?

24 March 2021

If your family trust receives franked dividends or has tax losses, the trustee should consider the option of making a family trust election (FTE) in order to access certain tax concessions.

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The legal life – meet Monika Nosal

16 March 2021

Monika Nosal is a Lawyer in our Workplace Relations group.

Monika shares her favourite holiday spot and what she is looking forward to in 2021.

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Dixon: A Cautionary Case of U.S.-Australian Tax Issues

12 March 2021

This article was first published on 8 February 2021 by Tax Notes International.

This article was co-authored by Marsha Laine Dungong, Tax Partner in the Withers San Francisco office.

No other movie but Star Wars comes close to explaining the tragic duality and complexity of international tax. It demands more than just a pedantic understanding of civil and common laws, tax regimes and treaties. It requires a certain mental agility and appetite for the unknown to understand foreign structures and transactions, unravel its complexity and identify its “closest of kin” in the United States (U.S.) tax regime.

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Is this a medicament I see before me?

11 March 2021

This article was first published in March 2021 by Daily Cargo News.

The tariff classification of goods is a crucial part of the international supply chain, as it applies to goods at the point of import and export and can affect a number of vital issues such as whether goods are allowed to be imported or exported at all, the duty payable at the point of import and whether dumping or countervailing duty is payable.

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Promises made during your lifetime may bind your estate long after you die

11 March 2021

Victoria’s family provision legislation was substantially amended by the introduction of the Justice Legislation Amendment (Succession and Surrogacy) Act 2014.

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The legal life – meet Ian Liu

10 March 2021

Ian Liu is a Lawyer in our Corporate & Commercial team.

Ian shares his goals for 2021 and what he enjoys most about working in the legal sector.

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Amendments to the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth): Changes to director-resignation laws from 18 February 2021

04 March 2021

To prevent illegal phoenix activity, the Commonwealth Parliament has passed the Treasury Laws Amendment (Combating Illegal Phoenixing) Act 2020 (Cth) (Act) which came into effect on 18 February 2021.

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Recent amendment to the Land Tax Act to abolish “special land tax”

03 March 2021

A recent amendment to the Land Tax Act has abolished “special land tax”. Special land tax was a one off tax charge at the rate of 5% of the unimproved value of the land. The abolition of the tax came into effect from the 16 December 2020.

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Rigby Cooke Lawyers’ Workplace Relations expertise recognised

03 March 2021

Rigby Cooke Lawyers is pleased to announce that our Workplace Relations team has again been recognised for their outstanding work in Employment Law in Victoria.

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New “Ports Victoria” and other developments from the “Interim Government Response” to the Victorian Ports System review

03 March 2021

The release of the “Interim Government Response” (Response) to the independent review of the Victorian Ports System Review (Review) on 26 February 2021 comes at a time when there is ongoing attention on the state, national and international supply chains.

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Andrew Hudson, Whos Who Legal

Who’s Who Legal recognition for Rigby Cooke Lawyers

01 March 2021

Rigby Cooke Lawyers’ Partner, Andrew Hudson has been recognised by Who’s Who Legal as a “Recommended Lawyer” in their Global Trade & Customs list 2020.

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Productivity Commission review gives additional focus into the supply chain

24 February 2021

On 19 February 2021, the Federal Treasurer requested the Productivity Commission (Commission) undertake an independent review (Review) “into supply chain vulnerabilities and risks” to “ensure that the Australian economy is prepared for “possible supply chain disruptions”.

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HR Hot Tip – Is your business doing enough to protect workers’ personal information?

18 February 2021

Welcome to our series of HR interviews with Lawyer Monika Nosal who answers some of the most common questions asked by HR managers regarding employees’ legal entitlements.

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The legal life – meet Eli Morrison

16 February 2021

Eli Morrison is a Lawyer in our Planning & Environment team.

Eli shares her favourite holiday spots and her best advice for lawyers starting out today.

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Will challenges – how much could they get?

11 February 2021

In Australia, we have what is known as ‘freedom of testation’. That is, a person is free to leave their assets to whomever they wish when they die.

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Rigby Cooke expands its Construction & Projects team

10 February 2021

Rigby Cooke Lawyers is delighted to announce the appointment of Stuart Miller as a Special Counsel in our Construction & Projects team led by Greg Bush.

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Supply Chain

Supply chain and regulation

09 February 2021

This article was first published in February 2021 by Daily Cargo News.

Even as the world struggles with the health issues from the pandemic, those relying on the supply chain are facing a variety of problems, which collectively are creating additional delays, cost and uncertainty. None of these factors will assist with economic recovery, or the distribution of vaccines and other medical products being used to deal with the pandemic. Further, the economic benefits of a reduction in tariffs through Free Trade Agreements and other trade facilitation measures are being eroded by problems and costs in the supply chain.

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Wareham v Marsella – Trustees Duties and their implication for Self Managed Super Funds

05 February 2021

Court of Appeal Superannuation Case

Managing your own self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) brings with it estate planning issues. In addition to contemplating who will be entitled to receive your superannuation death benefit on your death, you must also consider who will take control of your fund if you were to lose capacity or die.

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HR Hot Tip – Are your independent contractors at risk of being deemed employees?

02 February 2021

Welcome to our series of HR interviews with Lawyer Monika Nosal who answers some of the most common questions asked by HR managers regarding employees’ legal entitlements.

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