Recently, the Queensland Parliament (Labor with the help of the Katter Party) passed the proposed industrial manslaughter amendments into law. The amendments broaden responsibility for workplace related deaths and substantially increases the potential penalty. The new offence of industrial m..
An unsent text message found on a deceased man’s phone has been declared by the Queensland Supreme Court to be his valid Will. The text message was addressed to the man’s brother, and contained details about how he wanted his assets to be dealt with on his death. The man (who took his own l..
If you get work from your good local reputation or the web, don’t be surprised if a competitor is using the internet to covertly steal your work and in the process, potentially damaging your reputation. In the last two months McKays has had 3 contractor clients seek advice about unlawful int..
Want to improve your Google ranking? You need to be careful how you, and your web designer, go about this or you could find yourself in a Federal Court case such as the one below… One of the strategies used by businesses and their website designers to improve their ranking in interne..
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To their own emotional and out of pocket cost, many employers do not understand the ‘minimum employment period’ that applies to their employees… That statement is proven by the regularity of enquiry we receive from employers about how to manage the risks of dismissing an employee whos..
You may have heard in the news recently about Daniel Leverton, a young man who died unexpectedly. Various people have expressed outrage over the fact that his girlfriend of nine months ended up with around $350,000.00 of his superannuation and life insurance, while his two young daughters only r..
The QBCC has recently released a statement confirming their approach to defective building works and the issuing of Directions to Rectify. Whilst it is good news when the QBCC clarifies their position on such an issue, this particular news may not be good for builders. QBCC may now..
In March of this year, we reported on an important decision about increased work health and safety fines in Queensland. This followed the District Court of Queensland’s decision in Williamson v VH & MG Imports Pty Ltd  QDC 56. In that decision, the District Court of Queensland held tha..
In an important decision by the Fair Work Commission (FWC), the FWC has decided to insert a provision for the conversion of casual employment to full-time part-time employment into all Awards. The decision was part of the FWC’s 4 yearly review of Awards. Some awards already contain a c..
From time to time, for various reasons, you or your clients may wish to change the trustee of a trust. When this occurs, all the trust assets held in the name of the retiring trustee need to be transferred to the name of the new trustee. Sometimes, the trust assets may include one or more m..
The recent tragedy at the Grenfell Tower in London highlights the importance to contractors of the risks and dangers in utilising non-conforming products. Grenfell Tower was a public housing building, with over 129 flats. It has been revealed in the weeks following the tragedy that zinc cla..
The State Government has introduced new mediation laws in Queensland to provide an alternative solution for farmers when struggling to comply with their bank’s mortgage terms. This is a great alternative from having to engage in expensive and drawn out legal battles that could lead to their fina..