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Navigating leases during COVID-19: Part 8

By Wisewould Mahony
October 1, 2020

The COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) (Commercial Leases and Licences) Miscellaneous Amendments Regulations 2020 (“the Amending Regulations”) was enacted on 29 September 2020.

We have previously published a brief summary of the Principal Regulations in our Lease Update – Part 6, which can be found here.

In brief, the key amendments are as follows:

Employment Law Update: Stage 4 Restrictions

By Wisewould Mahony
August 10, 2020

With Stage 4 restrictions now in effect, businesses across a range of industries will be required to close or reduce operations throughout Metropolitan Melbourne for at least six weeks. These restrictions will no doubt have further significant impact on businesses and employees who are already facing severe financial hardship as a result of the current COVID climate. In this update, we provide a breakdown of the changes imposed by the Victorian Government and the obligations of employers and employees to ensure compliance.

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Navigating Leases and the COVID-19 Outbreak - Part 6

By Wisewould Mahony
May 6, 2020

Victoria has now passed the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) (Commercial Leases and Licences) Regulations 2020 (VIC) (“Regulations”).

The Regulations broadly follow the principles of the Mandatory Code of Conduct announced by the Federal Government in April 2020 with a number of significant exceptions.

The exceptions include that the amount of rent relief offered by landlords to tenants does not need to be directly proportionate to the reduction in the tenant’s turnover. Also, a formal rent relief offer process must be followed.

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COVID-19 Update: Getting your affairs in order

By Wisewould Mahony
April 24, 2020

During these times of uncertainty, we have seen an unprecedented increase in Will enquiries from clients looking to ensure their affairs are in order as this global pandemic continues to evolve. However, whilst this pandemic appears to have been a driver for people to reassess their personal affairs; planning for the unexpected, for business succession and for your family should always be an ongoing process.

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Navigating Leases and the COVID-19 Outbreak - Part 5

By Wisewould Mahony
April 20, 2020

On 15 April 2020, the Victorian Government made the following announcements:

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Changes to awards and the JobKeeper Scheme

By Wisewould Mahony
April 16, 2020

Changes to awards

On 8 April 2020, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) made determinations temporarily varying 99 employment awards to alleviate some of the challenges employers and employees are currently facing due to the government imposed COVID-19 restrictions.

A summary of the changes is set out below.

Unpaid pandemic leave

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Navigating Leases and the COVID-19 Outbreak - Part 4

By Wisewould Mahony
April 8, 2020

Prime Minister Scott Morrison yesterday announced a mandatory Code of Conduct (“Code”), to be legislated by the States and Territories, which is designed to enable commercial tenants to survive the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A copy of the Code can be found here.

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Navigating Leases and the COVID-19 Outbreak - Part 3

By Wisewould Mahony
April 3, 2020

The COVID-19 Legislation Amendment (Emergency Measures) Act 2020 (NSW) (“the NSW Act”) received royal assent on 25 March 2020, and provides for changes to be made to both retail and residential tenancy legislation.

We are paying attention to the NSW measures, as we expect something similar will follow shortly in Victoria.

The NSW Act will give the Minister the power to create emergency regulations to prevent the termination of leases during the COVID-19 crisis.

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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.

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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.

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