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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).   
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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. 
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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.
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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.  
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EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE: ‘EMPLOYERS BEWARE!’

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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Hicksons appoints new workers insurance partner to support growth

Hicksons, appointment of highly regarded insurance Partner, Naomi Tancred strengthens our firm’s Workers Insurance Team, and positions us for growth into new markets.  
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‘OPEN SESAME’, SAYS THE COURT

It is not uncommon for secured creditors to rely on a contractual right to enter a premises for the purposes of seizing collateral, including under a retention of title clause. However, the Supreme Court’s decision is a reminder for secured creditors to consider whether their contractual rights are in compliance with section 123 of the PPS Act and adequately protect them against any grantors’ claims in trespass.
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Unit entitlements – you’re not so entitled!

Unit entitlements are the allocated share of the rights and responsibilities of a strata scheme. They impact an owner’s contributions to the expenses of the strata scheme, rights over common property and voting rights.
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Thank you, High Court: some certainty created around Insolvency and Corporate Trustees

The High Court in Carter Holt Harvey Woodproducts Australia Pty Ltd v The Commonwealth [2019] HCA 20 has clarified and confirmed that in the winding up of an insolvent corporate trustee, trust assets to which the company is entitled (via its right of indemnity) are property of the company, and the statutory priority regime under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (Act) applies in terms of the distribution of the trust assets.  
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Changing the Course – modern movements demanding more governance accountability from our organisations to protect against discrimination and harassment

In the current global environment, it could be argued that there is a broad and accelerating trend towards “holding the powerful to account”, seen through social movements such as #TimesUp and #MeToo. Though largely initially confined to the entertainment industry, these movements have ended any number of high-profile careers and the ramifications are spreading geographically and across industries.
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Recognising the Regions – Immigration changes create new visas and classifications to better respond to regional skills shortages

The Department of Home Affairs has recently introduced very welcome changes to the migration program, expanding the definition of “Regional Australia” and creating two new visas for employers and visa applicants outside the major cities.
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Hicksons Consultant, Derek Luxford, article featured in Maritime Risk International

Prosecutions of environmental offenders under the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Waste and their Disposal (“the Convention”) are rare.  An Australian court recently threw out a prosecution against an Australian exporter of scrap lithium ion batteries from Australia to Belgium on the basis that the prosecution had failed to lead any evidence that the batteries constituted “hazardous waste” within the meaning of that term under the Australian Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Act 1989 which incorporates the Convention and the related OECD decision (“the Decision”) into Australian domestic law.
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Firm 2019/20 Holiday Closure Period

Hicksons will be closed for a two-week duration over the Christmas and New Year period.
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Higher decisions for hire cars: addressing exorbitant claims for replacement vehicles

On 3 September 2019, Basten J of the NSW Supreme Court delivered appeal Judgments in three cases heard concurrently and (for the time being) confirmed the correct approach for assessing damages in claims for hire vehicle costs following an accident.  

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