Recent News

Blurred Lines: the difference between an independent contractor and an employee

Sometimes the line between an employee and an independent contractor can be blurred. The Uber decision recently made headlines when the Fair Work Commission found that an Uber driver was an independent contractor and not an employee. This will not be the last case to consider whether a person is an employee or a contractor, […]

New whistleblower laws and how to protect public and large proprietary companies

If you have revenue greater than $50m, assets greater than $25m, or more than 100 staff, then you may need a whistleblower policy. Read on for more details. According to the Australian Securities & Investments Commission, a whistleblower is an “insider within an organisation who reports misconduct, or dishonest or illegal activity that has occurred […]

Managing Negative Online Reviews

In NSW, media companies are now “publishers” on Facebook. They were not until last month, when Justice Rothman handed down his decision against News Corp in the Dylan Voller case (now on appeal).  The media companies deny that they are publishers on Facebook because they don’t create or control posts on their websites, so they […]

High Income Threshold and Compensation Cap for Unfair Dismissal Applications – 1 July 2019

Employers should be alert to current worker entitlements:  Unfair Dismissal High Income Threshold; Compensation Cap for Unfair Dismissal; Redundancy Tax Free Amount; Employment Termination Payments (ETP) Lower Tax Rate Cap; Superannuation Maximum Contribution Base; and Civil Penalties for Breaches of the Fair Work Act. Unfair Dismissal High Income Threshold From 1 July 2019, the High […]

Left out of a Will, want to put it right?

Where’s there’s a Will, there’s sometimes a Way – to upturn it. Karl Lagerfield died last month.  According to Le Figaro, his cat Choupette was to inherit a good bit of his estimated $300 million fortune.  She’s no retiring feline, this one, she has her own Instagram account.  Here is an image of Choupette with […]


The issue of whether a worker is an employee or independent contractor is relevant for many business risks.  These include the risk of employee-type claims for unfair dismissal or award wages, of the obligation to remit PAYG withholding tax amounts to the ATO, and of claims by revenue collectors in the states and territories for […]

Going Up: Buying high rise strata just got better, or did it?

The Opal Tower failure in Homebush Bay has heightened fears about high rise residential building defects.  Only last year the combustible cladding drama resulted in new laws  and from 22 February 2019 all residential apartment owners must have checked for external combustible cladding and if affected, registered with the NSW Government Now, post- Opal, the […]

Proposed Changes to the NSW Strata Building Bond and Inspections Scheme

The Strata Schemes Management Amendment (Building Defects Scheme) Bill 2018 was assented to in September 2018 and should come into effect later this year once proclaimed. It proposes changes to be made to the strata building bond and inspections scheme, under part 11 of the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 (“the Act”). The amendments mainly affect Developers who […]

Supercharge your Death Benefits

When it comes to estate planning, most clients know how important it is to have an up to date will. What a lot of clients don’t know is that their biggest asset may not be covered by the will. It used to be said that the family home was the biggest investment most people ever […]

What a Waste: Small Business Unfair Contracts

ACCC v JJ Richards & Sons Pty Ltd [2017] FCA 1224 In early 2016 we reported on the planned start of the new small business unfair contracts regime under the Australian Consumer Law click here. The unfair business contracts regime started in November 2016. It has taken less than 12 months for a court to […]