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  • Swearing in the workplace: is it acceptable by law?


    Standards of behavior expected of employees can be a difficult thing to navigate, particularly behavior that leads to termination of employment. Whether words are said in a moment of frustration, to add emphasis to a message, or over a series of events, one thing is clear from recent Fair Work d..

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  • Notional Property - Added Back


    In the difficult times which follow a matrimonial or de facto separation, many people are heard to have asked the question: "I have just separated - would it be a good idea for me to sell the boat and spend the proceeds?", or "I'm thinking of taking $30,000 from our savings account and going on ..

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  • How the election affects employers – Liberal or Labor


    We are all waiting to see who actually wins this election. While we wait, employers can look at what the world might hold for them on the workplace relations front under each party. Labor Government If the Labor Party manages to form Government, the affect on employers will probably lar..

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  • The breakdown of marriage... common tax traps


    Picture this - your client has finally started to get his life back on track after a nasty property dispute with his former wife. An audit by the ATO uncovers the transactions made pursuant to the Family Court Order trigger significant tax consequences for the client. He was not advised of the p..

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  • I don’t have to tell them THAT do I?


    We are often approached by accountants and clients frustrated with the family law disclosure requirements. Clients often say “I don’t want to give them my tax returns, bank statements or payslips - that is a breach of my privacy”. A good understanding of disclosure obligations is impor..

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  • Child support.... are you paying too much?


    When it comes to child support, it’s important to make sure the amount you pay is right for you, and achievable in your circumstances. Often, payers and payees are not aware of their rights to change the amount of child support paid. Some common scenarios where child support can be r..

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