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The Importance of Estate Planning

By Andrea Olsson, Senior Associate Estate Planning is increasingly important as the financial affairs of individuals are growing in complexity. Will makers are more likely to own assets across various entities such as companies and self managed superfunds. They or their beneficiaries are frequently living overseas for extended periods of time. Will makers with blended…

Federal Court milestone decision regarding casual employees and their leave entitlements

By Renee Karakinos, Lawyer, and Chao Ni, Principal In August 2018, a Full Federal Court unanimously determined that a casual labour hire worker was a permanent employee, and therefore was entitled to paid leave entitlements under the National Employment Standards (NES) (WorkPac Pty Ltd v Skene [2018] FCAFC 131). However, the Full Federal Court in…

COVID-19: Re-opening the Workplace

The Australian, State and Territory Governments have recently announced graduated multi tiered plans to relax COVID-19 restrictions. Employers now need to consider when and how they return their employees to their workplace, and what they must do to ensure the safety of, not only their employees, but all other visitors to their workplace. This Step…

COVID-19 Workarounds for Estate Planning

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen an increase in enquiries about how social distancing measures will affect the execution of important legal documents including Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney. Under the Wills Act 1997, a Will must be signed by or at the direction of the testator in the presence of two independent witnesses each…