Employment Law / Industrial Relations

Significant changes to casual employment

Susan Moran 28/04/2021

On 26 March 2021, the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (Fair Work Act) was amended by the Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Act 2021. The amendments significantly change workplace rights and obligations in respect of casual employees. Employers with a casual workforce should consider how these changes will impact them and the steps they need to take to comply with their obligations.

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Intellectual Property and IT

Latest Developments in Domain Name Registration

Richard Suters 28/04/2021

New rules for licensing .au domain names came into effect on 12 April 2021. New registrants, and registrants renewing existing applications are now subject to stricter requirements.

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Corporate and Commercial

Financial Assistance – can a company help someone to buy its own shares?

James Stevenson 28/04/2021

A company is restricted from financially assisting a person to acquire its shares unless it complies with section 260A of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (Act). This article outlines the key considerations in determining whether financial assistance is being given by a company and identifies how to ensure compliance with the provisions of the Act.

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Corporate and Commercial

2022 Australian Deaf Games – One Year to Go

Richard Suters 28/04/2021

SWS Lawyers is proud to be the Honorary Legal Advisors and Platinum Corporate Sponsor to the 2022 Australian Deaf Games, which will be held in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie from 16-23 April 2022. On 16 April, principals Derek Charge, Richard Suters and Andrew Windybank attended an event at the Newcastle Museum to celebrate the ‘One year to Go’ milestone for the Games.

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New Appointments @ SWS Lawyers - Derek Charge and Paul Jayne join our team

05/02/2021

These are exciting times for SWS Lawyers.

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Intellectual Property and IT

Who owns the copyright in work created by an employee?

Richard Suters 21/12/2020

An employee may create original work when performing their duties. It is important for employers to understand who owns the copyright in such work. This issue becomes particularly important when the work is of significant value. This article will explore the current position under Australian law regarding the ownership of copyright in work created by employees.

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Corporate and Commercial

Director identification numbers for all Australian directors

Richard Suters 21/12/2020

Legislation requiring all directors of Australian corporations to have a unique identification number received Royal Assent earlier this year. A principal purpose of the legislation is to increase director accountability. This article will explore the changes and what steps should be taken in preparation for the new obligations.

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Property and Planning

Commercial and Retail Leasing during the Covid-19 Pandemic Period

21/12/2020

Since April, the NSW Government has passed the Retail and Other Commercial Leases (Covid-19) Regulation 2020, amended that Regulation, repealed that Regulation and replaced it with a new regulation and, most recently, announced a Regulation #3 for a limited class of tenants until March 2021. Having trouble working out your obligations and rights as a landlord or tenant? This article provides an overview of the key things you need to know.

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Employment Law / Industrial Relations

After a challenging year, JobKeeper is still available to some - what changes can these employers make to their workforces?

Susan Moran 21/12/2020

What Covid-19 Fair Work Act changes remain in place to assist employers manage their workforce? We set out below the current status.

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Family Wealth & Business Succession

Update: Creating or changing a will or power of attorney during the COVID-19 pandemic

Phillip Hewitt 29/09/2020

Earlier this year we wrote an article about legislation which temporarily allows remote witnessing of documents which would otherwise need to be witnessed in the physical presence of a signatory. This legislation will continue to be in force until 26 March 2021.

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