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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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The Legal Life – meet Marcus Schivo

01 February 2021

Marcus Schivo is an Associate in our Wills, Trusts & Estates group.

Marcus shares his career highlight to date and what he is looking forward to in 2021.

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HR Hot Tip – Are your employees restrained from setting up a competitive business or, working for a competitor after they leave? Are those restraints effective? Do they include well drafted confidentiality clauses?

21 January 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 Stephanie Shahine

18 January 2021

Stephanie is an Associate in our Workplace Relations group.

Stephanie shares her favourite holiday destinations, advice for lawyers just starting out and why she chose to pursue law.

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Budget implications for trade

15 January 2021

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

Back in October 2020, the federal government released its proposed budget for the 2020/2021 financial year. As usual, most of the details had been formally announced or “leaked” but it is worth paying attention to a few issues.

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A New Year’s Resolution you should keep – “New Will”

14 January 2021

As we reflect on 2020, it highlights how unexpected life can be and how so much can be out of our control. Last year, due to bushfires in the early part of the year and COVID-19 we saw unprecedented financial, economic, and human loss across not only Australia but the world.

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Succession Planning

Business succession planning – now is the time to take control

18 December 2020

As we reflect on 2020, we will no doubt remember how unexpected life can be and how much is out of our control. However, there is one aspect of our lives we can control, and that is our estate planning. As we start 2021 with anticipation and possibly some trepidation, there is no better time than now to take control of your succession plan.

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Trade complications with the EU

17 December 2020

This article was first published in December 2020 by Daily Cargo News.

Just when we thought that the most complex thing affecting our trade relationship with the European Union (EU) was how Brexit was going to be effected and how the free trade agreement was going to be completed, other developments are quickly coming into play which may make the position even more complicated.

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HR Hot Tip – Are your payroll records and pay slips compliant with the Fair Work Act? What happens if my payroll records and pay slips are not compliant?

15 December 2020

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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COVID Risks

Return to work, return to manufacturing – Managing COVID-19 Risks

14 December 2020

This article was first published on 10 December 2020 by AMTIL.

As COVID-19 (COVID) community transmission rates continue to stay at zero, Victorians welcome back normality. Or something close to it. Since 11:59 pm, 8 November, metropolitan Melbourne entered the third stage of reopening, in line with regional Victoria.

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The Legal Life – meet Bethany Clark

14 December 2020

Bethany Clark is an Associate in our Litigation and Dispute resolution group.

Bethany shares her favourite podcasts and her career highlight so far.

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HR Hot Tip – What obligations arise when terminating an employee’s employment?

10 December 2020

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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Customs tariff legislation introduced to Parliament

08 December 2020

On 3 December 2020, the Government introduced a new Bill into the Federal Parliament known as the Customs Tariff Amendment (Incorporation of Proposals and Other Measures) Bill 2020 (Bill).

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The Legal Life – meet Christos Bouras

03 December 2020

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

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HR Hot Tip – Do you have to have an equal employment opportunity policy in place?

01 December 2020

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 Huimin Seetoh

26 November 2020

Huimin Seetoh is a Senior Associate in our Property group.

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HR Hot Tip – What terms and conditions apply to employees who are not covered by an industrial instrument?

24 November 2020

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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A new era for Australia’s sanctions regime

23 November 2020

This article was first published in November 2020 by Daily Cargo News.

I was invited by the American Bar Association (ABA) to prepare a chapter on the Australian sanctions regime for inclusion in an ABA publication on comparative sanctions regimes. As I provide advice on sanctions to clients and have an interest in my capacity as a director of the Export Council of Australia, it was a pleasure to accept and spend some time trying to reduce the complex issues both in Australia and overseas.

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HR Hot Tip – Are you complying with your obligations under the NES?

19 November 2020

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 Gemma Robinson

18 November 2020

Gemma Robinson is a Senior Associate in our Planning & Environment group.

Gemma shares her favourite holiday spot and her best piece of advice for lawyers starting out today.

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Comment: Australia joins RCEP – the big new deal comes over the horizon

17 November 2020

This article was first published in November 2020 by Daily Cargo News.

Recent news on the international trade stage has been less than optimistic – especially for those Australian exporters who are held up by ongoing Chinese trade bans on some of our primary products and resources.

It appears to be a direct consequence of some diplomatic disagreements but, to date, falls short of a full trade war.

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HR Hot Tip – What does “consult” mean?

13 November 2020

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 Séamus Ryan

12 November 2020

Séamus is a Senior Associate in our Litigation & Dispute Resolution group, practising in insolvency law and commercial litigation.

Séamus shares his morning ritual and what he enjoys most about working with clients.

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US election

The possible Australian trade consequences from the US election result

09 November 2020

According to most officials, we appear to have a winner in the United States (US) election with the announcement of the success of the Biden/Harris ticket.

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HR Hot Tip – What requirements do you have to consult with employees and/or unions about “major changes”?

05 November 2020

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 Angela Foudoulis

05 November 2020

Angela Foudoulis is a Senior Associate in our Corporate & Commercial group, specialising in commercial property.

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HR Hot Tip – Which industrial instruments apply to which groups of employees?

22 October 2020

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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COVID-19 Responce

Federal Budget 2020 – COVID-19 Response Package

21 October 2020

2020 has been a challenging year for many Australians which has seen the Government forced to intervene to provide economic support and legislative provisions in an attempt to provide ongoing assistance to many Australians and businesses.

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The Legal Life – meet Rosa Bazzanella

16 October 2020

Rosa is a Senior Associate in our Wills, Trusts and Estates group with a strong focus on deceased estates, Part IV Claims and applications heard by the Guardianship List of VCAT.

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trade disputes

Resolving trade disputes in a troubled world

15 October 2020

This article was first published in October 2020 by Daily Cargo News.

For many years, disputes on trade have led to actual warfare. “Send a gunboat”, was often cited as part of British foreign policy when trade was at risk. Think of the British and French Opium Wars with the Chinese Qing Dynasty which led to the opening of additional European jurisdiction over Chinese ports including Guangzhou and Shanghai and the concession over Hong Kong in favour of the British.

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HR Hot Tip – What are the different types of employment and employment contacts?

14 October 2020

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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Manufacturing Strategy

Federal Budget 2020 – Modern Manufacturing Strategy

09 October 2020

The Federal Budget 2020 sees the Morrison Government investing $1.5 billion in new funding over five years from 2020-21 to support the Modern Manufacturing Strategy. This strategy is an integral part of the Government’s $74 billion JobMaker Plan to tackle rising unemployment with sustainable long-term jobs.

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Digital Business Plan

Federal Budget 2020 – Digital Business Plan

08 October 2020

The Federal Budget 2020 saw a $795.5 million investment in the Government’s Digital Business Plan as part of the JobMaker Plan. It’s objective is to improve productivity, income growth and jobs by supporting the adoption of digital technologies by Australian businesses and to see Australia become a leading digital economy by 2030.

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Federal Budget 2020 – some customs and trade issues

07 October 2020

On Tuesday 6 October 2020, the Federal Government released its proposed budget for 2020-21, together with forward estimates of future receipts and expenses. As usual, most of the details had previously been formally announced or “leaked” previously but it is worth paying attention to a few issues. In doing so I have borrowed shamelessly from the exact words from the relevant budget text to ensure accuracy and only added additional commentary when the issue warrants that additional attention.

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Federal Budget 2020 - Tax

Federal Budget 2020 – overview of taxation measures announced

07 October 2020

The Treasurer handed down the Federal Budget 2020-21 on 6 October 2020. Detailed below is an overview of the significant tax measures announced, followed by further information regarding each of these measures.

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Eichmann v FCT – land used to store tools and equipment is an active asset

06 October 2020

The Full Federal Court has held that land which was used to store tools and equipment was an active asset, enabling the taxpayer to access the small business Capital Gains Tax (CGT) concessions.

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The Legal Life – meet Victoria Comino

02 October 2020

Victoria Comino is a Special Counsel in our Workplace Relations group, with over 20 years of workplace relations experience across both legal and commercial practice.

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VCLGR announces Temporary Limited Licenses for hospitality industry

25 September 2020

The pandemic period has been an extreme burden on the hospitality industry. The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) in conjunction with the Victorian Government has, in addition to its previous leniency on certain liquor regulations, agreed to support licensees with the opportunity to extend their trading footprint by seeking a temporary licence to trade outdoors for the duration of the COVID-19 period.

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The Legal Life – meet Emma Simpson

23 September 2020

Emma Simpson is a Senior Associate in our Corporate & Commercial group with over six years of legal experience.

Emma shares her best piece of advice for lawyers starting out today and her career highlight to date.

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The Legal Life – meet Christian Teese

17 September 2020

Christian Teese is a Special Counsel in our Wills, Trusts & Estates group.

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Comment: congestion and other charges choking trade at Port Botany

15 September 2020

This article was first published in September 2020 by Daily Cargo News.

It seems counterintuitive but even as Australia struggles out of recession and pandemic, a number of lines have determined that the state of services through Port Botany, Sydney, require the imposition of an additional ‘congestion charge’ for a variety of reasons including the lack of overtime resulting from legally protected industrial action by stevedore employees at Port Botany.

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Rigby Cooke strengthens its Litigation & Dispute Resolution team

14 September 2020

Rigby Cooke Lawyers is delighted to announce the appointment of Christos Bouras as Senior Associate in our Litigation & Dispute Resolution team.

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e-commerce

Facilitating and regulating e–commerce

11 September 2020

This article was first published in September 2020 by Daily Cargo News.

One of the stories from the COVID–19 pandemic has been the surging numbers of goods being moved through e-commerce. The forced levels of isolation have caused consumers and corporates to resort to purchasing even more goods than ever online seeking urgent delivery.

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The Legal Life – meet Reto Hofmann

10 September 2020

Reto Hofmann is a Special Counsel in our Planning & Environment group, with 15 years of expertise in the planning law jurisdiction.

Reto shares some notable career challenges and his goals for 2020.

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Wage Theft Act

The Wage Theft Act commences operation

04 September 2020

This article was first published on 3 September 2020 by AMTIL.

The phrase ‘wage theft’ has been introduced into the Australian industrial landscape.

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Large fine for Fatigue Breaches under Heavy Vehicle National Law

02 September 2020

During these difficult times, it is important that all members of the supply chain remember their obligations under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) and, in particular, their primary duty under the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) provisions. The potential financial and legal ramifications of failing to comply with those obligations can be significant as seen in a recent case in Queensland.

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JobKeeper extension

JobKeeper 2.0 – extension bill passes Parliament

02 September 2020

Late yesterday, the Coronavirus Economic Response Package (JobKeeper Payments) Amendments Bill 2020 (Bill) to extend the JobKeeper Payment scheme (JobKeeper) announced by the Federal Government in July 2020 was passed by Parliament after Labor and the Greens failed to win support for amendments.

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Superannuation guarantee amnesty deadline fast approaching

31 August 2020

The 7 September 2020 deadline for the Australian Tax Office (ATO) superannuation guarantee amnesty (the Amnesty) is fast approaching.

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Comment: the Commonwealth moves to rein in agreements with foreign governments

31 August 2020

This article was first published in August 2020 by Daily Cargo News.

The Australian Commonwealth Constitution (the Commonwealth) has an interesting history including its development through a series of Constitutional Conventions between the representative of state governments and other interested parties.

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Commercial Landlord Hardship Fund

Commercial Landlord Hardship Fund

28 August 2020

Following the announcement made by Treasurer Tim Pallas on 20 August 2020, the Commercial Landlord Hardship Fund (Fund) has been created in recognition of small, private landlords who may not have the capacity to provide rent reductions to their tenants under the requirements of the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme (CTRS).

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Updates to rental lease rights and obligations during COVID-19

20 August 2020

Today, Treasurer Tim Pallas announced that the Victorian Government will extend its moratorium on evictions and rental increases for both residential and commercial tenancies in Victoria until 31 December 2020. There will be some specific exceptions to this rule, the details of which are yet to be identified.

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The Legal Life – meet our newly promoted Lawyer Marcus Schivo

19 August 2020

Marcus Schivo is a newly promoted Associate in our Wills, Trusts & Estates group.

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Personal Leave

High Court rules on personal leave

17 August 2020

On Thursday 13 August 2020, the High Court handed down its much-anticipated decision in the “Mondelez” case. This matter involved an appeal by Mondelez against the Federal Court Full Court decision which effectively held that 10 days personal leave under the National Employment Standards was 10 days regardless of the ordinary hours worked on any day. For Mondelez, this meant that 12-hour shift workers could have 10 days of 12 hours of personal leave per year, equal to 120 hours of personal leave per year.

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Licence to move freight

12 August 2020

This article was first published in August 2020 by The Daily Cargo News.

In many countries, some participants in the private supply chain are licensed by government to undertake their roles.

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Doyle’s Guide success for Rigby Cooke Lawyers

06 August 2020

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

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Changes to support and control of medical treatment equipment at the border increase with COVID-19

04 August 2020

This article was first published in August 2020 by AMT Magazine.

During the current pandemic, the focus of many has been on the manufacture of medical equipment required for the treatment of COVID-19 and their urgent movement through the international supply chain.

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WorkSafe

New duty to report COVID-19 to WorkSafe

30 July 2020

Consistent with the ever-changing workplace during this COVID-19 Pandemic, another new requirement has been introduced for employers.

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The Legal Life – meet our newly promoted Lawyer James Turnbull

28 July 2020

James Turnbull is a newly promoted Senior Associate in our Construction & Projects group. 

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The Legal Life – meet our newly promoted lawyer Huimin Seetoh

24 July 2020

Huimin Seetoh is a newly promoted Senior Associate in our Property group. She practices extensively in sales and acquisition, commercial and retail leasing, property development and other property related matters.

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Director penalty notices – the looming threat in the COVID-19 crisis

23 July 2020

Since 1 April 2020, in a significant extension to the director penalty regime, company directors are now personally liable for unpaid Goods and Services Tax (GST) (including luxury car tax and wine equalisation tax). The expansion of the regime was introduced as part of the Government’s broader reform of Australia’s corporate insolvency regime.

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pandemic leave

Paid pandemic leave for aged care workers?

22 July 2020

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has today (Wednesday 22 July 2020) issued a statement that it has come to a provisional view that paid pandemic leave should be inserted into the Aged Care Award.

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New permanent identifier regime for directors to be introduced

17 July 2020

On 22 June 2020, the Australian Federal Government passed legislation setting out a legal framework for the introduction of a Director Identification Number (DIN) regime for directors.

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review

Victoria announces independent review of the operation of Victoria’s Ports

16 July 2020

As an island nation, Australia has always relied heavily on its ports, their wharves and other facilities as well as the associated land–side infrastructure including rail and road access, stevedore operations and empty container parks. Much of the national and international supply chain relies on the efficient operation of the sector.

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The Legal Life – meet our newly promoted lawyer Victoria Comino

14 July 2020

Victoria Comino is a newly promoted Special Counsel in our Workplace Relations group. She has over 20 years of workplace relations experience across both legal and commercial practice.

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IA-CEPA

New Indonesian Free Trade deal up and running

10 July 2020

This article was first published in July 2020 by The Daily Cargo News.

The Indonesia–Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement is a positive development for the global free trade agenda writes Customs and Trade Partner, Andrew Hudson.

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Will, probate. superannuation

Wills and Estates 101 – Where Wills are in Doubt – Your Rights to Challenge

09 July 2020

In the fourth of our Wills and Estates 101 series, we speak with Rigby Cooke Lawyers Wills and Estates Special Counsel, Christian Teese, to answer questions around your rights to challenge the validity of a Will.

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IA – CEPA

Guides to the commencement of the IA – CEPA and other duty reductions

02 July 2020

On 24 June, we delivered a webinar to members of the CBFCA (now IFCBAA) which addressed, in part, the terms of the Indonesia Australia – Closer Economic Partnership Agreement (IA – CEPA) which is to commence on 5 July 2020, as well as the outcomes from the Australian Border Force (ABF) Goods Compliance Update from April 2020.

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The Legal Life – meet Tamara Cardan

25 June 2020

Tamara is a Tax Counsel in our Tax and Wealth group. Tamara has over 12 years of tax expertise and has represented a broad range of clients including Australian and foreign based corporates, entities in the financial services, high wealth individuals, and non-profit organisations.

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foreign investment

Significant reform on the horizon for Australia’s foreign investment review framework

25 June 2020

The Government has announced proposed changes to the foreign investment review framework to take effect 1 January 2021 following the temporary measures imposed in March 2020.

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industrial manslaughter

Directors avoid prison in first industrial manslaughter conviction

23 June 2020

On 11 June 2020, the Brisbane’s District Court of Queensland convicted a scrap metal company of ‘industrial manslaughter’ following the death of a worker, and its two directors were each convicted of a less serious offence of ‘reckless conduct’.

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wage increase

Preparing for 1 July 2020 (and beyond) – Increases to wages and remuneration

22 June 2020

Annual Wage Review Decision

On 19 June 2020, the Fair Work Commission handed down its 2020 Annual Wage Review Decision. The key elements of the decision are:

  • the national minimum wage will increase by 1.75% from $19.49 to $19.84 per hour from 1 July 20201 ; and
  • a 1.75% increase to full-time minimum wage rates in modern awards.
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Rigby Cooke strengthens its Wills, Trusts & Estates team

22 June 2020

Rigby Cooke Lawyers is delighted to announce the appointment of Christian Teese as Special Counsel in our Wills, Trusts & Estates team.

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The Legal Life – meet Daryl Lim

19 June 2020

Daryl Lim is a Special Counsel in our Corporate & Commercial group. With over 14 years of experience, Daryl’s practice is focussed on corporate M&A and financing transactions.

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Supply chain, Australian trade

The Australian trade response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and issues into the future

17 June 2020

This article was first published in June 2020 by Thompson Reuters.

One of the fundamental roles of governments during the COVID–19 Pandemic has been to assist the movement of goods through the international and domestic supply chain as well as to support those providing services in that supply chain. While there has been an understandable focus on movement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and related equipment and medication needed to assist in treatment of those affected by the Pandemic, that focus has not excluded the adoption of measures to assist trade in other goods adversely affected by the significant reduction in air and sea cargo options.

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Don’t forget to adjust your GST on the cancellation of contracts

11 June 2020

Due to the widespread economic impact of COVID-19 which has caused financial uncertainty for many businesses, contracts for the acquisition of goods or services may be cancelled in order to mitigate against further losses.

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data breach, personal information, Privacy Week, Working From Home, Myths V Facts, Data Breach, Personal information

Myth v Fact – We only have to worry about a data breach if we get hacked

10 June 2020

A data breach occurs when personal information is subject to unauthorised access or disclosure or if information is lost in circumstances where unauthorised access or disclosure is likely. A breach must be notified to the Office of the Australian Privacy Commissioner (OAIC) and all affected individuals when one or more individuals are likely to suffer serious harm as a result of the breach.

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The Legal Life – meet Elizabeth Guerra-Stolfa

05 June 2020

Elizabeth Guerra-Stolfa is a Partner and the leader of our Litigation & Dispute Resolution group. With over 30 years of experience, she specialises in complex superior court, specialist tribunal litigation, Royal Commission hearings, mediation and alternative dispute resolution.

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Will, probate. superannuation

Wills and Estates 101 – Superannuation death benefits

03 June 2020

In the third of our Wills and Estates 101 series we speak with Rigby Cooke Lawyers Wills, Trusts and Estates practice lead, Rachael Grabovic, to answer questions around Superannuation death benefits.

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employer superannuation, salary sacrifice

Important changes to employer superannuation guarantee obligations and salary sacrifice arrangements

02 June 2020

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has recently released a Guidance Note (GN 2020/1) which contains information for employers, payroll software providers and intermediaries who may need to change the way they calculate their superannuation guarantee obligations.

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The Legal Life – meet Rhodie Anderson

27 May 2020

Rhodie Anderson is a Partner and group leader in our Planning & Environment team, with expertise covering planning, environment and property. With more than 20 years of experience, Rhodie specialises in planning and environmental law issues for predominantly developer clients.

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JobKeeper – Remember to claim for your eligible business participant

26 May 2020

The JobKeeper payment scheme was announced on 30 March 2020 with the objective of providing financial support to entities to assist with the impact of COVID-19. Since that time, there has been a significant amount of information released to explain the complex operation of the scheme, including Treasury Rules, Australian Tax Office (ATO) rulings and guidelines, together with amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 to enable employers to temporarily vary work arrangements for eligible employees.

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employees

Significant decisions re stand down and JobKeeper

26 May 2020

In a busy week for the courts and the Fair Work Commission (FWC), three significant decisions have been handed down related to COVID-19 issues. Brief summaries are set out below:

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Will, probate. superannuation

Wills and Estates 101 – What is Probate and do I need it?

25 May 2020

In the second of our Wills and Estates 101 series we speak with Marcus Schivo, a lawyer in our Wills, Trusts and Estates team, to answer common questions around Probate and what you need to do.

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data breach, personal information, Privacy Week, Working From Home, Myths V Facts, Data Breach, Personal information

Myth v Fact – When we share our customers’ personal information with our contractors, their handling practices are not our problem

21 May 2020

Turn your mind to the other businesses with which you share personal information – they may be based in Australia or overseas, they may receive personal information about a single customer (for example, to facilitate delivery of an order), or whole databases (for example, to carry out marketing campaigns or store your CRM).

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Transport & Logistics, Workplace relations, award

Important changes in the Transport & Logistics industry

20 May 2020

There have been a number of developments in recent weeks that all transport and logistics operators with employees need to be aware of.

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Will, probate. superannuation

Wills and Estates 101 – The importance of a valid Will

19 May 2020

In the first of our introductory series which looks into the world of Wills, Trusts and Estates, we speak to Rosa Bazzanella a Senior Associate at Rigby Cooke Lawyers about some of the questions she frequently encounters in her work.

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Supply Chain, COVID-19

Supply chain responses to COVID-19

18 May 2020

This article was first published on 12 May 2020 by Daily Cargo News.

I have previously written the effects of COVID-19 in the international supply chain as well as having presented at meetings and webinars. This included a recent webinar with the Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia, which was attended by more than 300 members.

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The Legal Life – meet Julia Cameron

15 May 2020

Julia Cameron is a Partner in Rigby Cooke’s Corporate & Commercial group and Practice Lead for the Privacy & Data Protection team with over 10 years of legal experience. Julia specialises in corporate and commercial advice, commercial agreements, transactions, intellectual property and information technology.

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data breach, personal information, Privacy Week, Working From Home, Myths V Facts, Data Breach, Personal information

Myth v Fact – We don’t collect sensitive information, so we don’t need to worry

14 May 2020

It is a common misconception that ‘personal information’ is a reference to sensitive information like health, medical or financial information. This is not true. Personal information captures any information about an identifiable person. 

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Video Witnessing, Covid-19, wills & estates

Video Witnessing in 2020 – Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney

13 May 2020

Recently we discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the forefront the importance of having a Will and Powers of Attorney in place. It has also highlighted the challenges of arranging and executing these documents whilst in lockdown.

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Tax, Covid-19, Corporate

The impact of COVID-19 on corporate tax residency – What is the risk?

13 May 2020

The worldwide impact of COVID-19, which has resulted in countries around the world shutting down their borders and international travel being banned, requires companies to operate online whenever possible.

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Trade, Covid-19,

New Indonesian Free Trade deal to be a bright spot in our trade agenda

11 May 2020

One of the major tasks for government’s around the world are to adopt measures which may assist business to recover and thrive as they plan to move out of COVID– 9 restrictions. As much as national governments have committed to generally keep borders open, there remains the need to actively take action to ensure that commitments are met and that new initiatives are adopted to support further enhancements to the trade environment.

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