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VOLUNTEERS IN YOUR WORKPLACE – REWARDS AND RISKS?

VOLUNTEERS IN YOUR WORKPLACE – REWARDS AND RISKS?

National Volunteer Week will be commemorated in Australia from 15 – 21 May 2023. Over 3 million Queenslanders volunteer 900 million hours of their time each year. This has an extraordinary benefit to our communities, to our families and to the environment. However,...Read More
WHAT ARE SPECIAL CONDITIONS?

WHAT ARE SPECIAL CONDITIONS?

Special conditions are clauses added to a standard contract that are specific to the individual transaction and are used to address unique circumstances that may arise during the buying process. For a buyer, special conditions can be important for a number of reasons....Read More
REVIEW INTO QUEENSLAND’S WORKERS’ COMPENSATION SCHEME

REVIEW INTO QUEENSLAND’S WORKERS’ COMPENSATION SCHEME

In February 2023, the Queensland Government announced that an independent review of the state’s workers’ compensation scheme is underway. Head of the Office of Industrial Relations Kym Bancroft said she “wants to ensure injured workers continue to receive the...Read More
“LIVING TOGETHER” IN A DE FACTO RELATIONSHIP

“LIVING TOGETHER” IN A DE FACTO RELATIONSHIP

There is often uncertainty around whether a couple is in a de facto relationship. Section 4AA of the Family Law Act 1975 provides that a person is in a de facto relationship with another person if, they are not legally married to that person, they are not related by...Read More
BODY CORPORATE REFORM IS ON THE WAY

BODY CORPORATE REFORM IS ON THE WAY

There are huge changes in the pipeline for bodies corporate in Queensland, and whilst it’s unclear when exactly they will be introduced, committees and owners should bear these in mind when planning for the next 12 months. The Qld Government recently announced the...Read More
VOLUNTEERING ON A BOARD OR COMMITTEE?

VOLUNTEERING ON A BOARD OR COMMITTEE?

KNOW YOUR RISKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES Many people give back to their community by volunteering on boards or committees for organisations such as sporting clubs, parents and friends associations, or not-for-profit groups. These positions are generally unpaid, however...Read More
PROTECTING YOUR BUSINESS FROM ATTACK

PROTECTING YOUR BUSINESS FROM ATTACK

Being attacked in the public arena is never a pleasant experience.  What can you do if you are attacked by a customer or members of the public who are posting negative and false reviews?  What if they are making defamatory remarks online about the business, its owners...Read More
WHAT REALLY IS A “PAY WHEN PAID” CLAUSE?

WHAT REALLY IS A “PAY WHEN PAID” CLAUSE?

Since time immemorial, or at least, for quite some time, “pay when paid” clauses have been void in construction contracts. But everyone knows what that means right? It means that the liability of one party to pay the other isn’t contingent on that party first being...Read More