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It Pays to be Cooperative with the Workplace Ombudsman

The Commonwealth Government is reaping rewards from prosecuting small businesses for underpaid wages and entitlements. As advised in a previous newsletter, over the past 2 years, the Workplace Ombudsman has recovered more than $52 million in employee wage underpayments.

Too Much Bond Money can be Too Much

Many properties listed on websites require the prospective tenant to pay bond money that exceeds one month’s rent. Landlords and agents are not entitled to demand or accept a bond that is greater than one month’s rent payable.

Your Legal Costs may be Tax Deductible

Like most other business expenses, there are a surprising number of tax deductible legal expenses available under the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (Cth) (“ITAA”) with some forms of legal costs specifically tax deductible. Are you taking advantage of these concessions?

Victorian Wage Protection Legislation Commences

Further to our previous Employment Law Updates, the purpose of the Victorian Wage Protection Act is to prescribe the methods by which employers must pay their employees’ wages, as well as regulate an employer’s ability to make deductions from employees’ wages.