Can a bullying claim continue after a worker has been sacked?

By on 25 March 2015 in Employment Law with 0 Comments
Can a bullying claim continue after a worker has been sacked?

In a recent case, the Fair Work Commission decided that although sacked workers’ anti-bullying claims are likely to fail, it may be appropriate to hold such claims “in abeyance” if the worker is “actively” contesting their dismissal. As with all anti-bullying claims, the details of the case including the names of the employer, alleged bully […]

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Social Media Policies are a necessity for Australian businesses: 3 Tips businesses must know

By on 23 January 2015 in Social Media Law with 0 Comments
Social Media Policies are a necessity for Australian businesses: 3 Tips businesses must know

An independent review of a Queensland government agency and the Fair Work Commission both agree that social media policies are important in the digital economy. A social media policy suggests a more authoritative document than a government department’s ‘social media quick reference guide’. A quick reference guide is not a sufficient exercise in due diligence […]

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Capital raisings via Initial Public Offerings (IPOs)

By on 4 December 2014 in Capital Raising with 0 Comments
Capital raisings via Initial Public Offerings (IPOs)

This year has seen a re-emergence of interest in IPOs. With $16.8 billion raised from IPOs this year from over 90 floats (up from $10.8 billion raised last year), IPOs are again becoming an attractive way to raise capital. Just recently, Medibank Private raised $5.7 billion from its float and other companies are likely to […]

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China-Australia Free Trade Agreement

By on 18 November 2014 in Trade Law with 0 Comments
China-Australia Free Trade Agreement

On 17 November 2014, the Australian Government entered into a Declaration of Intent with the Chinese Government in relation to a “free trade agreement”. The Declaration of Intent marks the conclusion of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement negotiations and lays the foundation for a watershed economic relationship between the two countries. Changes under the China-Australia […]

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How a restaurant owner’s Facebook comment led to ‘Doxxing’

By on 11 November 2014 in Social Media Law with 0 Comments
How a restaurant owner’s Facebook comment led to ‘Doxxing’

A restaurant co-owner received a barrage of abuse on Facebook after he allegedly criticised a vegan customer (and vegans generally) on the business’ Facebook page. Posting critical views about a customer’s dietary requirements and fashion sense  is probably not a way to show you value their custom. The Facebook comments have escalated to a situation […]

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Resignation or unfair dismissal?

By on 10 November 2014 in Employment Law with 0 Comments
Resignation or unfair dismissal?

Almost every employer can speak about the experience of employing a person whose ultimate resignation came as a relief. Relief at not having to go through the ugly process of terminating someone’s employment and possibly having to defend an unfair dismissal claim. But not every resignation is a successful bar to an unfair dismissal claim. […]

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The Australian Tax Office rules on Bitcoins

By on 28 October 2014 in Corporate Governance with 0 Comments
The Australian Tax Office rules on Bitcoins

On 20 August 2014 the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) provided a number of rulings on ‘Bitcoin’. What is Bitcoin? Essentially, Bitcoin is a digital currency used online as a method for payment. It is not physically printed, and it is not controlled by any banks. Unlike conventional currency that is based on gold or silver, […]

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Employee share schemes

By on 23 October 2014 in Taxation with 0 Comments
Employee share schemes

Recently the Australian Government released a policy statement entitled ‘Industry Innovation and Competitive Agenda.’ The Agenda includes a proposal to reverse the previous Labour Government’s changes to the way in which employee share schemes (ESS) are taxed. The changes will be welcomed by businesses in particular start up companies. How are ESS currently taxed? In […]

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Why setup a company?

By on 22 October 2014 in Corporate Structuring with 0 Comments
Why setup a company?

If you are looking to start a new business one of your first steps should be to determine the most appropriate trading structure through which to operate the business. The most common trading structures in Australia are that of a sole trader, a partnership, a company or a trust, or a combination of these. Each […]

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Providing a Personal Guarantee

By on 30 September 2014 in Commercial Agreements with 0 Comments
Providing a Personal Guarantee

If you operate your business through a company or a trust, you may be called upon from time to time to provide a personal guarantee. What is a Personal Guarantee? A personal guarantee is a commitment that if your business doesn’t do something (usually the payment of money) you will do that thing yourself. Personal […]

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