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Amendment to the Corporations Act - technology use

The law now allows technology use for company meetings and execution of documents. This change was made in response to the social distancing and health requirements amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Hicksons Appoints New Property Partner

Highly regarded in her field, Rebecca joins the Property, Planning and Construction team and will be integral in shaping and positioning our property practice, whilst continuing to provide sustainable value for our clients in meeting their strategic objectives. She brings with her a wealth of experience across technology and innovation, which will drive efficiencies through automation and precedent management.
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Hicksons COVID-19 Update - May 2020

To ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of our staff, clients and visitors, Hicksons continues to apply, and as required introduce new, specific measures to assist in managing issues being encountered by the ongoing impacts of COVID-19. 

New laws in flight to combat the rise of the phoenix

The Treasury Laws Amendment (Combating Illegal Phoenixing) Act 2020 (Cth) is in full flight, which has put in place key changes aimed at enhancing disruption of phoenix activity and powers to prosecute directors and other professional advisors who engage in or facilitate phoenix activity.  
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Hicksons Lawyers recognised in 2021 Edition of Best Lawyers in Australia

Hicksons is delighted to announce 15 of our lawyers have been acknowledged in the 2021 Edition of Best Lawyers in Australia.

Hicksons Consultant, Derek Luxford, article featured in The Daily Cargo News

The Australian courts are no strangers to prosecutions for offences by parties in international shipping and trade, but sometimes criminal prosecutions in this sector fail, writes Derek Luxford.

The uncertainty surrounding the term long term casual causes a cash flow crisis for thousands of businesses weighing up the JobKeeper scheme

The whole question of whom is a casual employee in Australia is in a state of confusion.   Ever since the Full Court of Federal Court in 2018 decided to fundamentally change the pragmatic approach of the Fair Work Commission, essentially finding that any casual employee with a reasonable expectation of on-going employment is really a permanent employee, the law on this issue has been in state of confusion.  

COVID-19 National Cabinet Mandatory Code of Conduct (Commercial and Retail Leases) - Bulletin 1

We all know, the recent spread of COVID-19 in Australia has brought unprecedented and complex challenges to commercial and retail Landlords. This rapidly evolving crisis has caused considerable stress to Landlords, particularly with regards to corresponding with and responding to tenants in financial hardship due to the crisis, as well as dealing with their own financial considerations.

Guidelines for JobKeeper-qualifying-employers in managing employees

For qualifying employers, the Australian Federal Government’s $1,500 (pre-tax) JobKeeper wage subsidy (JobKeeper Subsidy) was enacted on Thursday, 9 April 2020 with the Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Act 2020 (Cth).   The JobKeeper Subsidy will be available for a period of six months, between 30 March 2020 and 28 September 2020 (JobKeeper Period).  

Insolvency Laws to change amidst unprecedented times

The Federal Government has announced proposed changes to insolvency laws to assist with efforts to help vulnerable Australians and businesses in these unprecedented times.  
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Hicksons' Response - Managing the Outbreak of COVID-19

To ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of our staff, clients and visitors, Hicksons is introducing specific measures to assist in managing issues being encountered by the onset of the novel Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19).   

Bulletin – COVID-19 and measures regarding employees

The crisis we are facing needs no explanation and it raises so many questions for employers. This guide reflects our thoughts at this point in the cycle of this unprecedented global event. 

Avoiding discrimination is more than just basic compliance

Discrimination law is founded upon the notion of inherent dignity and inalienable rights. Perhaps the watchwords which summarise the principles protected under anti-discrimination legislation are equality, inclusionand opportunity.

Bushfires Disaster Emergency Declaration – Privacy Act

In response to recent bushfires, on 20 January 2020 the Attorney-General made the Privacy (Australian Bushfires Disaster) Emergency Declaration (No. 1) 2020 (“Declaration”).   This Declaration was made under section 80J of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (“Privacy Act”). This section allows the Australian government to make a declaration when an emergency or a disaster of national significance affecting Australians has occurred.  


2020 signals the start of a new decade; a fresh start for all. But, for many employers it means the beginning of a new, potentially complicated payroll regime, and a new era in award compliance.  

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