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Navigating Leases and the COVID-19 Outbreak - Part 2

By Wisewould Mahony
March 31, 2020

Since our first COVID-19 leasing update, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has flagged a six (6) month moratorium on the termination of commercial and residential leases for the non-payment of rent.

Mr Morrison said last night that:

"States and territories will be moving to put a moratorium on evictions of persons as a result of financial distress if they are unable to meet their commitments".

The length of this ban on evictions was slated to be six (6) months.

An Employment Law Guide during COVID-19

By Chris Pollard
March 27, 2020

People, employment

With the rapid spread of COVID-19 throughout Australia and the subsequent restrictions imposed by the government to contain the spread, many individuals and organisations have been placed in an unprecedented predicament. The lockdown of certain non-essential activities and the government’s pleading for the public to remain at home and practice social distancing have left countless businesses with little to no customers, many of which are now facing severe financial hardship.

Alleviating the Financial Impact of the COVID-19 Health Crisis

By Catherine Pulverman
March 26, 2020

Insolvency and COVID-19

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is a health crisis like no other and it is significantly affecting our community, businesses and individuals.  On 22 March 2020, the Federal Government introduced a stimulus package which amends the insolvency regime in the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (the Act) and provides some relief to directors and businesses from the usual timeframes for payment of debts that could ultimately result in liquidation or bankruptcy.

Navigating Leases and the COVID-19 Outbreak

By Wisewould Mahony
March 26, 2020

Landlords and Tenants affected by the COVID-19 outbreak

The outbreak of COVID-19 is impacting global markets across all industries and causing significant disruption to businesses around the world.

In this moment of uncertainty, and the situation rapidly changing, we are closely monitoring both State and Federal government proposals to ensure that your rights as Landlords and/or Tenants are protected.  These proposals might include preventing Landlords taking possession of leased premises and facilitating rent relief for Tenants.

Navigating Family Law and the COVID-19 Outbreak

By Lisa Rees
March 26, 2020

As the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold, it is difficult to comprehend the added emotional and financial distress this global pandemic will have on vulnerable people and families going through separation. Increased restrictions may have significant impact on parenting and financial arrangements as well as circumstances involving family violence.

Wisewould Mahony’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak

By Wisewould Mahony
March 16, 2020

Ensuring the health and safety of our people, clients and community is our highest priority. We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and have put in place preventative measures consistent with the recommendations from Commonwealth and State departments. We will continue to review and manage our response and will ensure our people and clients are informed as the situation evolves.

Our current status

Currently there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at our Melbourne and Geelong offices.  

Business continuity

Deadline Approaching for Franchisors to Update Franchise Documents

By Wisewould Mahony
September 16, 2015

When the new franchising Code of Conduct came into effect on the 1st of January 2015, Franchisors were allowed a grace period within which to update their existing documents to comply with new requirements. Franchisors are permitted to use their existing form of disclosure document up to 31 October 2015. As that deadline is rapidly approaching, it is important that franchisors review and upgrade their documents now in order to avoid substantial civil penalties.

Why Employment Agreements and Policies are Important

By Wisewould Mahony
September 16, 2015

The importance of having well drafted employment contracts and policies in place cannot be understated, as these set out the framework in which the employment relationship is regulated.

Importance of Contracts

With the combination of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (the Act), the National Employment Standards (NES) and the Modern Awards, it has never been more important to enter into well written contracts of employment with staff.

Federal Court to rule on alleged sham contracting this month

By Wisewould Mahony
September 16, 2015

Sham contracting arrangements are used by some employers to avoid legal obligations towards workers such as payment of payroll tax, workers compensation premiums, employee entitlements and superannuation contributions. Businesses found to have engaged in sham contracting are liable for significant pecuniary penalties under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) sham contracting provisions.

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) is responsible for investigating and prosecuting alleged sham contracting activities.

How enforceable restraints protect your business

By Wisewould Mahony
March 23, 2015

Restraint of trade clauses are often used by employers to prevent former employees competing against them and soliciting their clients.

A well drafted restraint ensures that an employer’s hard earned goodwill is protected once the employment relationship comes to an end. On the other hand, a poorly drafted restraint is likely to be held unenforceable and is basically worthless to an employer.