2021 AGM Season: Use of Technology – Will Covid-19 Provisions Become Permanent?

During the Covid Crisis, the Government has twice had to introduce changes to allow companies to meet and carry out key functions such as executing documents without breaching public health orders. While there are provisions in place to allow the 2021 AGM season to proceed, permanent changes to the Corporations Act are currently under consideration.

COVID-19 response measures regarding retail and commercial lease disputes and assistance for commercial landlords

A new declaration has been released which requires landlords to negotiate in good faith with tenants who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and breached lease provisions as a result. The ACT government is also providing assistance to commercial landlords who have provided rent relief to tenants.

Check In CBR – but don’t check out of your privacy obligations

Everyone across Canberra has seen the Check In CBR posters at venues they have visited. Whether you’re sceptical about the process or happy to Check In, a lot of questions are raised about how the information collected through Check In CBR is used and stored. What are the contact tracing obligations for non-essential businesses in …
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Qantas JobKeeper case – How to properly calculate JobKeeper payments

In a recent decision of Qantas Airways Limited v Flight Attendants’ Association of Australia (the JobKeeper Case) the Federal Court of Australia considered and determined the correct application of the JobKeeper provisions contained in section 789GDA(2)(b) of the Fair Work Act 2009. Relevant JobKeeper provision Section 789GDA(2)(b) contains the “minimum payment guarantee”, which operates to …
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OAIC Privacy Survey Reveals Insights from COVID-19 Australia

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has recently published the 2020 Australian Community Attitudes to Privacy Survey (ACAPS). The ACAPS provides insights to Australians’ views and understanding of privacy and privacy-related issues. Interestingly, the ACAPS also includes a snapshot of those views during the COVID-19 outbreak. COVID-19 Interestingly, the survey was carried out …
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Government announces plan to extend temporary relief in response to COVID-19

We previously published an article about the Federal Government’s legislative response to the economic impact of COVID-19 and the introduction of the Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus Act 2020 which came into force on 25 March 2020. You can view this article here. The purpose of the legislative changes was to ease the financial impact …
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Genuine redundancies during the COVID-19 pandemic

In the recent case of Browne v MySharedServices Pty Ltd [2020] FWC 4445, the Fair Work Commission (Commission) has reasserted the importance of consultation, even during the current COVID-19 pandemic. In this case, Mr Matthew Browne (the Employee) was dismissed without his employer, MySharedServices Pty Ltd (the Employer), undertaking any consultation prior to his termination. …
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Trans-Tasman IP protection: how to register a trade mark in New Zealand

Despite the recent decrease in travel due to COVID-19, we still live in the age of globalisation. It is not uncommon for businesses to expand trade to other countries, including our friendly neighbours in New Zealand. Trading across the Tasman may be particularly attractive if a travel bubble were to eventuate. Trading in a new …
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