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Affidavits in the Time of COVID-19
Wednesday 15 April 2020 / by Anna Zeltzer posted in Insurance COVID-19 Court News

Due to the social distancing regulations put in place to help deal with the COVID-19 outbreak, Australian courts have implemented a myriad of solutions to address the traditional method of swearing or affirming an affidavit in person.  


Guide to Testamentary Trusts: Who, What, When?
Tuesday 14 April 2020 / by Danny Adno posted in Wills & Estate Planning

Testamentary trusts are discretionary trusts established in Wills, that allow the trustees of each trust to decide, from time to time, which of the nominated beneficiaries (if any) may receive the benefit of the distributions from that trust for any given period. There are significant advantages in incorporating testamentary trusts in Wills.


New Laws Passed to Tackle Illegal Phoenix Activity
Tuesday 7 April 2020 / by Danny Adno posted in Business, Corporate & Commercial

The long awaited Treasury Laws Amendment (Combating Illegal Phoenixing) Bill 2019 was passed by Federal parliament on 5 February and received Royal Assent on 17 February 2020.  The relevant provisions of the Phoenixing Bill commence as follows:

  • Sections 1-4 on the day of Royal Assent on 17 February 2020;
  • Schedules 1 and 2 on 18 February 2020; and
  • Schedules 3 and 4 on 1 April 2020.

The reforms will give ASIC, liquidators and the ATO new powers to help deter and disrupt illegal phoenix activities, and prosecute culpable directors and associated persons.


7 Factors for Franchisors and Franchisees to Consider During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Monday 6 April 2020 / by Daniel Jepson posted in Franchising & Retail COVID-19

Australia’s Franchising industry has been far from immune to the already significant impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic.  In fact, franchises in the food and retail sector are likely to be amongst some of the hardest hit by the economic impact. 


Webinar Recording: COVID-19 and the Workplace Impacts
Sunday 5 April 2020 / by Holman Webb posted in Workplace Relations COVID-19

On Thursday 2 April, Holman Webb Workplace Relations Special Counsel Alicia Mataere and ReadyTech's Daniel Wyner Thursday presented a live webinar on both the options and obligations for businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak.


Webinar Recording: Annualised Salary Changes - Are you ready?
Wednesday 1 April 2020 / by Holman Webb Lawyers & ReadyTech posted in Workplace Relations
Contracts and COVID-19: What you need to know about force majeure
Wednesday 1 April 2020 / by Daniel Jepson posted in Business, Corporate & Commercial COVID-19

Both businesses and individuals are already feeling the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, even during what appears to be its early stages. Over the last month Holman Webb has received numerous enquiries from businesses of all sizes, who are looking to review their contracts to see how they may exit (or how the other party may exit), if doing so becomes necessary.


COVID-19 Legislation Amendment (Emergency Measures) Bill 2020
Wednesday 1 April 2020 / by Tal Williams & Jacob Daly posted in Business, Corporate & Commercial COVID-19

On 25 March, the NSW Parliament passed the COVID-19 Legislation Amendment (Emergency Measures) Act 2020 (‘the Act’) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Act implements emergency measures and addressees various matters concerning Retail Trading, Environmental Planning and Local Government. The Act also makes important amendments with respect to landlords and tenants.


Webinar: COVID-19 and Workplace Law (Thursday 2 April)
Monday 30 March 2020 / by Holman Webb posted in Workplace Relations COVID-19 Webinar

To say that we are currently living in unprecedented times is an understatement. Each day we wake to distressing news of increased fatalities, spread of the COVID-19 virus and global attempts to flatten the curve.


COVID-19: Amendments to Hospitality and Clerks Awards, and Long Service Leave Act
Monday 30 March 2020 / by Lee Pike and Ellie Jongma posted in Workplace Relations COVID-19

Following on from Holman Webb's recent article COVID-19 and the Workplace, the past week has seen a number of unprecedented and immediate changes in the Workplace Relations space, all of which have the potential to affect both your business and employees.


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