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The Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court: dealing with family law disputes in 2020

2 Jul 2020

By Amanda Graham, Principal, MST Lawyers The COVID-19 List In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the Chief Judge of the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia has established a court list dedicated to dealing exclusively with urgent family law disputes arising as a direct result of the pandemic. An example…

The Impact of a Pandemic on Support Services for Family Law Clients

2 Jul 2020

By Amanda Graham, Principal, MST Lawyers A boom in family law proceedings, and domestic violence matters, is anticipated as a result of the lockdown imposed on Australian residents. In a pressure cooker environment couples are spending more time together while under the stress of home schooling, loss of employment and resulting loss of income. For…

Workplace Relations Update – Minimum Wage Increase

By James Sanders, Associate The Fair Work Commission (‘Commission’) decided on 19 June 2020 to increase both the national minimum wage and the modern award minimum wages by 1.75%. This takes the national minimum wage from $19.49 per hour ($740.80 per week) to $19.84 per hour ($753.80 per week). This decision will impact all employers…

Government motors through changes to the Franchising Code

11 Jun 2020

By Raynia Theodore, Principal, MST Lawyers On 1 June 2020 the Federal Government announced the early introduction of the changes to the Franchising Code of Conduct (Code) that will impact new vehicle dealership agreements, defined to mean motor vehicle dealership agreements relating to motor vehicle dealerships that predominantly deal in new passenger vehicles or new…