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  • Short decision does not equal wrong decision in adjudication matters


    A recent decision of the Supreme Court* has provided a guidance as to the extent to which an adjudicator is required to give reasons for an adjudication decision pursuant to the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (Qld) (‘the Act’). Hyatt Ground Engineering Pty Ltd (‘Hyatt’)..

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  • Another delay in implementation of Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act


    The Queensland Government (which had previously delayed implementation of the changes to Queensland’s security of payment law until 1 July 2018) has yet again pushed back the commencement date. Commencement date now set for 17 December 2018 This time, we are told that the changes will comm..

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  • How to start the process of negotiating an Enterprise Agreement


    Starting the process for negotiating an Enterprise Agreement can be fraught with traps and unwanted surprises. Here are 5 key items to address before you commence the process. 1. Strategise Your labour cost is probably, if not definitely, one of the biggest operating expenses of your busin..

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  • Newsflash: Rise in pay rates


    On Friday last week the Fair Work Commission (FWC) granted award covered workers a 3.5% increase. The FWC lifted the national minimum wage by $24.30 a week or 64 cents an hour to take effect from the 1st July, 2018. The flow on effect to Awards is a 3.5% increase. For example, t..

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  • Common Problems with Trust Deeds


    Increasingly, we are having to fix problems with trust deeds that come across our desk, due to a range of issues. Whilst these problems may not immediately jump out at you, they rear their heads when changes are made, and especially if the Deed needs to be registered with the Titles Office. ..

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  • New Laws Restrict The Clearing of Farm Land


    There has been plenty of media on the new Vegetation and Management Laws that were passed by Parliament on 3 May this year. These new laws may have a great impact on many farmers’ ability to clear and manage their land in the future. The commencement date of these new laws is yet to be advi..

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  • ​Why Everyone Needs a Will…


    Whilst no one wants to think about it, unfortunately death will come to all of us…and we do not know when. It is so important to have a well-drafted Will, in order to ensure that upon your death, your hard earned money, and precious assets: pass to the people you want; t..

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  • Could you be liable for something out of your control?


    Do you have a well drafted Force Majeure clause in your contracts? If not, then you are taking a massive risk… ‘Force Majeure’ is French, meaning “superior force”. In a Contract, such a clause allows a party to suspend or terminate performance of their obligations when certain ci..

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  • Labour Hire Licensing Regulations Now Released


    The long awaited Labour Hire Licensing Regulation 2018 (Qld) was released last Friday. The Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017 (Qld) (Act) was passed late last year and requires that a person who provides “labour hire services” in Queensland must be licensed to do so. A person provides “labour hi..

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  • The coming family and domestic violence leave is a new entitlement your business will likely have to manage


    The Fair Work Commission will include family and domestic violence leave into almost all modern awards. The details are currently being finalised. Why? Some employers may ask why, when they are trying to operate a commercial business, they are expected to share responsibility for this s..

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  • Practical completion and service under security of payment legislation


    A New South Wales security of payment case could be an indicator of how Queensland security of payments legislation may be interpreted by the Queensland courts. For a payment claim to be valid there must be a reference date… The High Court, in its first decision dealing with..

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  • Succession Planning for Farmers: Part One - To transfer or not to transfer – When is the right time?


    As the saying goes, “if you fail to plan, then you plan to fail!” This too applies to succession planning for farmers For all the baby boomers out there, your retirement plans and succession planning may be (or perhaps should be) already in order. Some of you may have this on y..

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