When is a casual worker not a casual worker?
Expert Advice
A groundbreaking decision by the Full Bench of the Federal Court is likely to have significant implications for any employers who engage casuals on a regular and systemic basis. The decision was handed down on 20 May and considered the issue of whether a long-term casual employee could be entitled to paid leave entitlements available to full-time and permanent part-time...
Experts warn of ongoing problems for property leasing
Expert Advice
Governments have recently moved to clarify procedures for negotiating residential and commercial tenancies during the COVID-19 shutdown, but property managers and lawyers say there are still problems for all parties. The ACT Government, for example, recently released new information to clarify changes to residential tenancies disrupted by the COVID-19 lockdown. The changes include encouraging landlords to reduce rent by providing...
New head of wills and estates offers alternatives to doing business in person
Expert Advice
Vulnerable Canberrans with unfinished legal or financial business who are now finding themselves unable to leave home due to COVID-19 do not need to hit the pause button. There is help at hand says Julia Bridgewater, the new head of the wills and estates team at Snedden Hall & Gallop. "There are many people who have been caught mid-transaction by...
Tech-savvy agents lead the way in sales in the new world of social distancing
Expert Advice
In the current world where social distancing is mandatory and open houses and auctions are no longer allowed, many real estate agents are struggling to find new ways to do business and avoid a downturn in the property industry. But some agents, such as Jonny Warren, Fiona Murray and Tom Osborne at Independent Inner North & City, have long been using...
Taking action: addressing the significant issue of workplace bullying
Expert Advice
It isn't only kids who engage in bullying and exclusion – it is also a real and significant issue in workplaces. So significant that since 2014, employees have been able to make an application to the Fair Work Commission to have bullying complaints heard. However, taking legal action is often a distressing and sometimes unaffordable option. Therefore it makes sense...
face2face pays it forward and gets the job done
Expert Advice
It's said that one-third of small-to-medium-sized businesses fail in their first year of operation and half fail in their second year. So when Canberra business face2face Recruitment turned 15 this year, owner Kate Prior and her 24 staff popped the cork on the champagne. Kate knew she was daring when she opened the business. It meant she had to quit her full-time, high-flying, high-paying...
Young people urged to make a will
Expert Advice
Canberra lawyers are urging young people to consider making a will to avoid putting their family under added stress in the event of an unexpected death. Meyer Vandenberg Associate Lawyer Eleanor Heffernan says most people understandably do not want to think about death or wills, so they delay making a will until they buy property or have children, but Ms...
Home-town return added up for engineer turned accountant
Expert Advice
If the days of a straight career path, moving from school to uni to work, seem long gone, RSM's Thomas Skeffington's career path is best described as full circle. Growing up in a country town, Thomas went to university in the city and travelled the world but then returned to university and ended up back where he came from. And...
Tanya Herbertson has joined Meyer Vandenberg Lawyers
News
Tanya Herbertson has joined Meyer Vandenberg Lawyers as their newest partner, bringing a team of lawyers with extensive experience in wills and estates with her. Tanya and her team will expand Meyer Vandenberg’s existing wills and estates team to offer expertise in estate planning, trusts, enduring power of attorney, elder law and estate litigation. Tanya began her career as a personal injury...
Breaking up is hard to do
Expert Advice
The prospect of going to court can strike fear in the hearts and minds of even the most seasoned business owners. Litigation can be expensive and traumatising, but disputes that head down the path to court often don’t need to end up there. Meyer Vandenberg Lawyers special counsel and litigation expert Harry Kay says, “Courts are the stuff of television...
Searching for the best lawyer? The Doyle’s Guide rankings are out
Family Law
Searching for a lawyer is a delicate process because legal matters are often especially personal. You want to know that the law firm and lawyer you choose will take the time to understand your situation, and has the expertise to help you. For an individual or someone with a small business, that's not necessarily an easy task given the complexities...
Top 7 tax breaks for public servants this tax time
Accounting
Tax season is well and truly upon us, and the question on every Canberran’s lips right now is... how do I pay less tax? With so many enticing ways to spend our money, paying more tax than we need to certainly isn’t one of them. A few weeks ago, the Federal Government’s plans to increase the low and middle-income tax...
How digital technology can help (and hinder) separating parents
Family Law
Nearly every Australian adult now carries a smartphone in their pocket. And while we use our phones for everything from ordering dinner, to hailing a ride or paying bills, few people are aware of the technology available to separating couples. DDCS Lawyers partner Alison Osmand says new technology like apps can help former spouses navigate the financial and shared care...
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