November 4, 2018

Do you know about Adverse Action claims? You should!

Do you know about Adverse Action claims? You should! It is not well known that the Fair Work Act provides that an employee has a “workplace right” if the employee is able to make a complaint or inquiry in relation to his or her employment. An employer contravenes the Act […]
November 4, 2018

Business Structures – Trusts

Business Structures – Trusts When commencing a business venture, it is necessary to consider the most appropriate type of business structure to put in place. Different business structures have different benefits and disadvantages. This article looks at trusts – how to set up a trust and the pros and cons […]
June 1, 2018

Trade Marks in Australia

Trade Marks in Australia The advantage of registering a trade mark is that it confers far more benefits than registering a business name, company name or domain name. Marketing is an important business tool, and a registered trade mark is crucial in allowing you to protect any value or credibility […]
June 1, 2018

Employee or Contractor – do you know the difference?

Employee or Contractor – do you know the difference? It’s important for all businesses to have systems in place to determine whether workers should be classified as employees or independent contractors, as tax, super and other government obligations are different depending on whether the working arrangement is employment or contracting. […]
June 1, 2018

Commercial leases – Responsibility for repairs and maintenance

Commercial leases – Responsibility for repairs and maintenance A commercial lease is a legally binding contract that gives a tenant certain rights over a property for a set period of time subject to the terms and conditions set out in the lease. A commercial lease is used when leasing property […]
April 29, 2018

Fair Work Commission Anti-Bullying Orders explained

Fair Work Commission Anti-Bullying Orders explained The Fair Work Commission has powers to make anti-bullying orders when a worker has been bullied by an individual or group and there is a risk that the worker will continue to be bullied at work by the individual or group. The Commission does […]
April 29, 2018

Starting a business – an overview of common business structures

Starting a business – an overview of common business structures There are 4 main types of business structures for doing business in Australia, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. A person can carry on business as a sole trader, partnership, trust and company. The choice of business structure is […]
April 29, 2018

What to do if you receive an ATO Director Penalty Notice

What to do if you receive an ATO Director Penalty Notice Did you know that company directors may potentially become personally liable for unremitted Pay As You Go (PAYG) deductions and Superannuation Guarantee Charges (SGCs)? The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has significant powers to recover a company’s unpaid liabilities personally […]
April 4, 2018

Take note! The new Mandatory Data Breach Notification Laws are here.

The new Mandatory Data Breach Notification Laws are here. Why are they needed? Strong data management is integral to the operation of businesses and government agencies worldwide. At the same time, data analysis has been widely recognised for its value as fuel for innovation. This noted, one of the biggest […]
April 4, 2018

Sexual harassment policy technology considerations

Sexual harassment policy technology considerations In the Australian workplace, “sexual harassment” has been unlawful since at least 1984. One major issue for employers to deal with is displaying or circulating sexual material in the workplace. Back in 1984, when the laws were introduced, desktop computers, laptops and mobile phones, SMS, […]
April 4, 2018

Personal Liability for Company Directors

Personal Liability for Company Directors A company is an association incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (the ‘Act’). The effect of incorporation gives the company a separate entity, distinct from its directors and shareholders. It can enter into contracts, sue and be sued in its own right. The Australian […]
April 4, 2018

The Power of a Statutory Demand

The Power of a Statutory Demand If you are in business, whether it’s in the capacity of a company director, in management or if you represent a company as its accountant, you must know of the power of a Statutory Demand.  This article sets out the huge benefits in using […]