NSW Home Builder applications now accepted

There has been a lot of talk following the nationwide $25,000 Home Builder grant and eligible owner-occupiers (including first home buyers) are now being encouraged to apply. Eligibility requirements Applicants must be building a new home, substantially renovating an existing home or buying an off-the-plan home. Applicants must sign an eligible contract. An eligible contract

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Changing Employees Engagement during a Pandemic

Many good-intentioned employers are changing arrangements with their staff by way of verbal discussions in order to ride the wave of economic uncertainty during the Coronvairus pandemic.  Employers should be aware that making verbal agreements to vary employment arrangements are putting them at risk. If varied agreements are not clearly set out in writing it leaves

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Minimum Wage Increase

Increases to Minimum Wages apply from today

Increase to Minimum Wages from July 1, 2020. The Fair Work Commission has announced an increase of 1.75%  to the National Minimum Wage. This increase applies from the first full pay period starting on or after today, 1 July 2020. In addition, base rates are also increasing for Employees who are paid in accordance with other

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Happy Elderly Couple in Retirement Village

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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