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Court of Appeal Confirms Services to be Provided under Consumer Guarantees Not Limited by Contractual Obligations

In the recent decision of Scenic Tours Pty Ltd v Moore [2018] NSWCA 238, a decision by the Court of Appeal partially found that a luxury travel company was liable for breaches of consumer guarantees under the Australian Consumer Law. This decision overrode the travel company’s contract limiting its liability to clients.

The decision also clarified when damages for disappointment and distress would be available to claimants under the Australian Consumer Law.

The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry – Observations by an Employment Lawyer

The recently announced Banking Royal Commission recommendations are expected to send seismic waves throughout the banking, finance, insurance and superannuation industries.

If you suspect that your business will likely be affected by any of the recommendations, it’s possibly time to start thinking about potential workplace changes and employment law issues.

Spencer Street Tower Blaze – A Timely Reminder Of The Recent Cladding Rectification Charges

The life-threatening Spencer Street Tower blaze serves as a reminder of the recent reforms introduced to reduce the cost of removing dangerous combustible cladding from properties with changes to the Local Government Act 1989 (Vic) that will create Cladding Rectification Agreements (CRA). CRAs will enable owners to rectify the cladding on their property and pay it off via their council rates.

The PAYG Penalty: Costly Implications for Directors

The PAYG Penalty can have very costly personal implications for directors of companies that become insolvent. In a recent decision, Stellar Corporate Solutions failed to remit PAYG tax to the ATO and as a result, their director was deemed personally liable for the substantial debt that was incurred. This article highlights the importance for directors to appreciate the personal finacial implications that may result from failing to pay this particular tax.