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Can Company Officers Sign Deeds Electronically?

Signing documents is an essential component of all business. Technological advances have created alternatives and opened up new opportunities. Many transactions are conducted and authorised electronically, however there are exemptions…

Last Minute Guidance for Whistleblower Policies 2020

ASIC have released regulatory guidance on the legislative requirements for whistleblower policies, which became mandatory for public and large proprietary companies earlier this year. Companies have until 1 January 2020…

The Strong Arm of WHS Law in the NT: Enforceable Undertakings and Industrial Manslaughter

Industrial manslaughter to be an offence in the Northern Territory by the end of the year?The Northern Territory (NT) is a heavy industry based economy, with mining, construction, manufacturing and…

2019 Changes to Australian Space Law will Assist Industry Participation

On 31 August 2019, the Space (Launches and Returns) Act 2018 replaced the existing Space Activities Act 1998. The new regulatory framework for space access is designed to reduce barriers…

Contractors v Employees: Differentiating the two in today’s ‘Gig Economy’

Freelance or ‘gig’ work is on the rise, and businesses are taking notice of this change within the workplace as well as the desire for it. You only have to…

Changes to ‘Large Proprietary Company’ Thresholds

The change to ‘Large Proprietary Company’ thresholds brings widespread reporting relief for FY 2019–20. A ‘proprietary company’ may either be classified as ‘small’ or ‘large’ under section 45A of the…

Have you Adopted your Whistleblower Policy?

The new Whistleblower laws introduced by the Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Whistleblower Protections) Act 2019 (The Act) are now in effect. The new laws will require companies to adopt policies…

Succession Planning for Blended Families

Succession Planning - It's a must.Many clients avoid succession planning, particularly in even the simplest blended family situations where there are children from previous relationships for example, as they cannot…

Penfolds Bells a Copycat – Lessons for Australian Wine Brands

A reminder of the need for vigilance in protecting Australian wine brands and reputationChina continues to provide great opportunities for Australian wine producers and exporters.  With that opportunity comes risk…

The Compact Legal Guide to HR

Employment issues can arise in your organisation at any time. We have created the 'Compact Legal Guide to HR' for you to keep as a handy reference when issues pop…

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