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Retirement village contracts: 7 things to consider

Seven questions to ask before entering a retirement village contract. The team at Watkins Tapsell have extensive experience dealing with retirement village contracts and have put together a comprehensive list of things to consider before signing a retirement village contract. Is the level of care right for you or your family member? Once you enter

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COVIDSafe App and Employment

Employers cannot force employees to install the COVIDSafe app.  The Privacy Amendment (Public Health Contact Information) Act 2020 protects employees and makes it an offence to treat an employee adversely for reasons related to their use or refusal to use the COVIDSafe app. Breaches by employers could result in fines of up to $63,000 and five years goal

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Landmark Case: Casuals Paid Leave Ruling

In a significant ruling of the Federal Court this week (Wed 20  May) the court found that an employee Mr Rossato who was employed under several written casual contracts by a labour-hire company,  Workpac was entitled to claim payments for annual leave, personal leave and compassionate leave. The court found that Mr Rossato was not a casual

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Company Meetings during Covid-19 pandemic

While social distancing restrictions remain in place around the country (to varying degrees), companies are still required to hold meetings and execute documents to keep business running and comply with their corporate obligations. From today, amendments to the Corporations Act 2001 allow companies to convene online for annual general meetings and other meetings prescribed under the Act,

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Witnessing by audiovisual link

A witness no longer needs to be in the presence of the person signing.  The Attorney General announced temporary changes to the law during the COVID-19 Pandemic so that documents may be witnessed by audiovisual link.  The documents that can be witnessed remotely include: Wills. Powers of attorney. Deeds and Agreements. Enduring guardianships. Affidavits. Statutory declarations. A

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Electronic Conveyancing

The onset of COVID-19 has forced the property market to accelerate its transition into a fully functional digital model.    Recently, already digitally-savvy real estate agents have launched private virtual inspections followed by online auctions with many property transactions now conducted electronically from start to finish.  As legal professionals, we fully support the digitalisation of the

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Leasing and COVID-19

SME Leasing Principles during COVID-19: National Cabinet Mandatory Code of Conduct IssuesA large proportion of businesses have suffered substantial downturns in business due to COVID-19. A number of business uses or premises are required to be closed. Landlords rely on the rent being paid for their livelihood. Tenants rely on the space being leased as their place of

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