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  • Drink driving - know the facts

    02-Jun-2020

    Drinking alcohol reduces your ability to drive safely. Alcohol affects your judgement, vision, coordination and reflexes — increasing your risk of having a crash. Queensland has 4 alcohol limits. These limits are used to apply penalties if you’re caught driving with an illegal blood or..

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  • Commercial and Retail Leasing – Queensland’s COVID-19 Regulations from 28 May, 2020

    02-Jun-2020

    The Queensland Parliament has finally passed the new Regulations impacting on retail and business leases across Queensland during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Retail Shop Leases and Other Commercial Leases (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Regulation 2020 (Qld) (the regulation) was passed on 28 May 20..

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  • Court rules that child should not travel during Covid-19

    15-May-2020

    Earlier this month the Family Court decided a case where a parent breached a Court Order, by refusing to allow their child to spend time with the other parent because of issues relating to Covid-19. The decision gives us an indication of what circumstances might constitute a “reasonable excu..

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  • Tenant in your rental property during the COVID-19 Pandemic - what are your rights (and obligations)?

    24-Apr-2020

    On 22 April the Queensland Government set out measures that each residential Landlord and Tenant will have to abide by during the pandemic period. The laws are being introduced as a way to balance Landlord and Tenants’ rights during these unpredictable and volatile times. During ..

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  • ​JobKeeper Enabling Directions Explained

    24-Apr-2020

    Central to the new JobKeeper laws are the rights of employers to give “JobKeeper enabling directions”. Importantly the rights only apply for those employers and their employees who qualify for the JobKeeper scheme and where the employees are receiving the JobKeeper payment. Criteri..

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  • Residential Tenancies - Impact of COVID-19 Guidelines by Queensland Government

    22-Apr-2020

    As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Residential Tenancies Practice Guide COVID-19 has been developed by the Queensland Government in their approach of implementing a moratorium on evictions in residential property. A summary of the Guidelines include: threshold criteria to qualify ..

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  • COVID-19 - QLD Land Tax Relief - Further support for Landlords and Tenants

    15-Apr-2020

    As of 14 April, 2020, the Office of State Revenue has started to process applications for land tax relief. You may be eligible for one or more of the following land tax relief measures: a land tax rebate reducing land tax liabilities by 25% for eligible properties for the 2019-20 assessme..

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  • JobKeeper Scheme Changes to the Fair Work Act – Part 1, Overview

    15-Apr-2020

    The JobKeeper legislation and changes to the Fair Work Act have passed and are in effect. This is part 1 of a series for businesses that qualify for the JobKeeper allowance, explaining the changes to the Fair Work Act and how to implement them in your business. Objectives The objectives ..

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  • COVID-19 - New Mandatory Commercial Tenancy Code… What it means for you!

    09-Apr-2020

    The PM addressed the nation once again on Tuesday, 7 April, 2020. This time with his focus on Commercial Leases (including Retail, Office and Industrial Leases). The Federal Government has prepared a Code called the “National Cabinet Mandatory Code of Conduct” which comes into effect in all ..

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  • Paying your employees during Easter

    09-Apr-2020

    Employers are often confused about how to pay their employees who work during the Easter break and whether an employee can refuse to work during this time. In Queensland all of the days during the Easter period are declared as public holidays: Good Friday – Friday 10 April Easter Saturd..

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  • Temporary relief for financially distressed businesses and individuals during COVID-19

    07-Apr-2020

    'The Australian ‘Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus Bill 2020’ The Australian Government has announced temporary measures to minimise the impact of COVID-19 on Australian businesses. These measures seek to reduce the risk of otherwise viable businesses from being wound up due t..

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  • COVID 19 - Modern Award Change for Clerks-Private Sector Award

    31-Mar-2020

    A COVID-19 flexibility schedule has been inserted to the Clerks-Private Sector Award 2010, with changes including: Employers may direct an employee to perform where necessary, any duties within their skills, licences and qualifications and competencies regardless of their classifications prov..

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