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What changed for Employers on 1 July 2018?

posted 6th July 2018

The Employment & Industrial Relations Team here at Meyer Vandenberg have put together for you a quick summary of the employment-law changes that commenced on 1 July 2018....

A change is coming for buyers and sellers of residential property: Are you ready?

posted 28th June 2018

From 1 July 2018, buyers of certain residential property are not only buyers, they are also part of the Australian Taxation Office’s (ATO) new force of tax collectors, specifically to collect GST...

Big changes to ACT Work Health & Safety laws for major construction projects

posted 25th June 2018

On 7 June 2018 an amendment to the ACT Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (ACT) was tabled in the ACT Legislative Assembly. If the amendment passes the assembly, it will come into force on 1 January 2019 ...

Five tips for selling your business before the end of financial year

posted 8th June 2018

Its tax planning season and EOFY is fast approaching. If you are selling or buying a business, this is a very convenient time to change the ownership as it can take effect with the change of financial year. Your accountant may also recommend changes to your business structure to take effect for the new financial year.

Data Security: 6 Quick Security Tips

posted 1st June 2018

The new mandatory data breach notification regime has now come into operation. Having only begun on 22 February (see our previous article explaining its implications here), we have already had companies come forward to notify a data breach (such as Svizter Australia). But what can you do to protect yourself in the first place? ...

Just how useful is it to employ your staff on fixed term contracts?

posted 24th May 2018

You may think that you can avoid having to deal with unfair dismissal claims by putting employees on fixed term contracts. After all, you’re not dismissing them if their contract just comes to an end, right?

Good Wills Hunting: The Risks of using a DIY Will-Kit

posted 16th May 2018

Think you’re sorted if you prepared your own Will using a Will-kit from the newsagency, or one you downloaded from the internet, or one you’ve freestyled and typed up yourself? Think again! ...

When does a comment online cross the line? Part 2

posted 8th May 2018

Social media encourages participants to communicate in an instant, flippant and often attention seeking manner, with posts able to be republished and endorsed with the click of a button. These traits might add to the fun of engaging in social media, but they also drastically increase the potential to defame another person online.

Managing the rise of Airbnb - Is there really a problem?

posted 4th May 2018

Earlier this month, Meyer Vandenberg together with the Planning Institute of Australia and Capital Crown Leasing hosted a first of its kind think tank ‘Managing the rise of Airbnb’. The think tank was held to promote a conversation about the planning and legal intricacies of Airbnb (and other short term holiday letting platforms), against the backdrop of Canberra’s unique planning framework.

Sex, Drugs and Rock'n Roll - your liability as an employer

posted 28th March 2018

More than half of Australian employees will have at least one office romance during their working life. Hangovers cause 11.5 million ‘sick days’ per year at a cost of $3 billion to the Australian economy, and 61% of regular drug users are in full time employment. For employers, this can mean increased liability for sexual harassment claims, decreased workplace health and safety, and decreased productivity. So what can employers do when sex, drugs or alcohol start to impact the workplace?