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ASIC extends relief on virtual meetings

The recent lockdown in Brisbane is a timely reminder that a return to ‘business as usual’ is still uncertain.  This article explores the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)’s ‘no action’ position, which is intended to facilitate businesses to hold their meetings effectively despite restrictions on gatherings and travel.
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A Backward Stride for COVID-19 bankruptcy measures

As the extension of the temporary relief and protection provided by the Corporations and Bankruptcy Legislation Amendment (Extending Temporary Relief for Financially Distressed Businesses and Individuals) Regulations 2020 during the outbreak of COVID-19 came to an end on 31 December 2020, as of 1 January 2021:
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Proportionate Liability Regime: NSW Supreme Court clarifies how to properly identify potential concurrent wrongdoers

Since the introduction of the proportionate liability regime in the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW) over 15 years ago, there has been a series of cases which have contributed to how the regime operates, including in the High Court of Australia decision of Hunt & Hunt Lawyers v Mitchell Nominees[2013] HCA 10.
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Omnibus Bill: The end of ‘double dipping’

Following the decision in WorkPac Pty Ltd v Rossato [2020] FCAFC 84 (Rossato Decision), many casual employees in Australia were likely to have been categorised as permanent employees, on the basis that they:
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Carving through the snow and landing in a lawsuit - NSW Supreme court considers skiing a ‘dangerous recreational activity’

Most of us would be aware of at least one or two celebrities killed or seriously injured in skiing accidents, such as Michael Schumacher and Sonny Bono.   But how dangerous is skiing really? Are these well known cases mere anomalies in an otherwise safe sport?   The Supreme Court recently grappled with a similar question, considering whether skiing is a “dangerous recreational activity” in light of statistical data which, arguably, suggested otherwise.  
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NSW Supreme Court reminds plaintiffs of requirements for claiming directly against liability insurers

In Count Financial Limited v Pillay[2021] NSWSC 99, Stevenson J of the Supreme Court of NSW examined whether leave under the Civil Liability (Third Party Claims Against Insurers) Act 2017 (theAct) should be granted to a plaintiff seeking to join an accountant’s professional indemnity insurer to proceedings.
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NCAT has jurisdiction to deal with disputes where a party temporarily moves outside of New South Wales

The appellant, Ms Anagnostou and the respondent, Ms Leo were parties to a residential tenancy agreement under the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 (NSW) (‘Agreement’).
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Compliance is essential for winding up applications during COVID

Late in 2020, In the matter of Ryals Hotels Pty Ltd [2020] NSWSC 1906, the Supreme Court of New South Wales was required to examine various restrictions brought into support businesses through the COVID period and what impact they had on an application by a landlord to wind up a commercial tenant.
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Landlord’s attempt to avoid COVID restrictions for commercial tenant a costly exercise

During 2020, as part of the National Cabinet’s response to COVID-19, a number of measures were put in place to assist businesses to continue to trade including:
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Footy player’s “spear tackle” negligence case gets a red card from the Court of Appeal

2020 has been a year of ”big hits” in the dangerous recreational activity space.   It has also been in a year in which our sportsmen have featured in the evening news, often for their off‑field behaviour.     The recent news that former England Rugby international, 42 year old Steven Thompson, has been diagnosed with early onset dementia, and is involved in a potential class action in relation to the repetitive head trauma he says gave rise to his condition; has sent shock waves through the sporting world.
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NSW Court of Appeal considers evidence of value for Quantum Meruit claims

On 2 December 2020, the Supreme Court of NSW – Court of Appeal, delivered judgment in the matter of Roude v Helwani [2020] NSWCA 310 and, in a decision that is important to the ability of builders and contractors to pursue claims over amounts in smaller jurisdictions, the Court of Appeal has confirmed that it is not necessary to incur the costs of obtaining an expensive independent expert report in order to succeed in a claim in quantum meruit.
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Corporate Insolvency Reforms. New Year, New Scheme - What you need to know.

As the temporary relief and protection for businesses impacted by COVID-19 comes to an end on 31 December 2020, insolvency experts brace for a potential floodgate of insolvency administrations. Parliament clarifies the new provisions under the Corporations Amendment (Corporate Insolvency Reforms) Bill 2020 (Cth) (Bill) which will commence on 1 January 2021.
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Casual employees’ right to be converted to permanent employment – cost implications for employers

The recent decision in WorkPac Pty Ltd v Rossato saw the Federal Court decide that a casually employed worker was actually a permanent employee.
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Are you allocating the right breaks?

When it comes to workers’ rights and paid rest breaks, the Federal Court recently ruled that workers have a “workplace right” to toilet breaks and to drink water while in the workplace.  Why is this important for employers and HR professionals?
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5 things you should know: Insolvency Reforms for Small Business

On 24 September 2020, the Australian Government announced its proposed major reforms to insolvency laws to support small business recovery and to streamline the insolvency process. The reforms are expected to commence on 1 January 2021, subject to the passing of legislation. The reforms will adopt features from Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code, being a “debtor in possession” corporate insolvency model.

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