July 23, 2018

Does your employment contract measure up?

Does your employment contract measure up? If you are entering into an employment contract do you know what should be included? If you are an employer and using an old contract, should it be reviewed first? It is clear contracts should be individually structured to meet the needs of those […]
July 23, 2018

Copyright: 10 Frequently Asked Questions

Copyright: 10 Frequently Asked Questions If you are an artist, writer or business owner concerned about protecting copyright in your work, the answers to these frequently asked questions will provide you with some guidance as to how copyright law operates in Australia. Do I need to register for copyright protection? […]
July 23, 2018

Meta data retention laws

Meta data retention laws The contentious data retention laws passed by the Federal Parliament in 2015 which allowed Telecommunications companies and Internet Service Providers until April 2017 to fulfil their implementation plans are now in effect. The data retention laws require telecommunications companies and Internet Service Providers to keep records […]
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 […]