Here you can find the latest articles, updates and publications by Shand Taylor Lawyers covering recent decisions, changes in legislation and other key issues in the legal and business fields.

It's never too late for a career change

27 November 2020

Shand Taylor Lawyers is proud to share the inspiring story of Ron Petts. Ron is 69 years old and will soon be admitted as a lawyer. 

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Changes to modern awards - are your employees covered?

23 November 2020

If you employ “award-free” employees – that is, employees who are not covered by a modern award – you should consider reviewing your employment arrangements in light of a recent change to the Miscellaneous Award.

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Build-to-Rent in Queensland

02 November 2020

Following an economic review, the Queensland Government has recently announced the Build-to-Rent (BTR) Pilot Project, approving two projects to deliver up to 240 affordable rental apartments to the market.  These affordable apartments will be offered to tenants at 25% discount to market rent, subject to eligibility. 

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Extension to COVID-19 rent relief for commercial tenants

06 October 2020

In late May, the Queensland Government passed regulations to implement the National Cabinet’s Commercial Leasing Principles (Regulations) . What has changed?

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Surviving the COVID-19 "Default Cliff" - debt recovery guide in a continuing pandemic economy

18 September 2020

In March, the Australian Government implemented temporary changes to the Corporations Act and Bankruptcy Act to assist businesses survive the economic pressures of COVID-19. 

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Caution to "couples"! Is your relationship recognised by the HomeBuilder Grant?

04 September 2020

Are you a couple intending on applying for the HomeBuilder Grant? Be sure to read the fine print to avoid getting snubbed on your homeowner dreams.

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Sick leave entitlements clarified by the High Court

17 August 2020

The correct way to calculate an employee’s entitlement to sick leave has been clarified in a High Court decision. 

Employees are entitled to 10 days sick leave (personal/carer’s leave) under the Fair Work Act. However, the method of calculating an employee’s entitlement to sick leave can often be confusing if an employee does not work a traditional 5 day working week.  

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HomeBuilder applications are open... what does this mean for your projects?

11 August 2020

The Queensland Office of State Revenue is now accepting applications for the Commonwealth HomeBuilder grant. 

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Insurance Coverage for COVID-19 Related Business Disruption: A Checklist

31 July 2020

Has your business been disrupted because of the COVID-19 shutdowns causing financial loss?

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Director Identification Numbers – what do they mean for you?

14 July 2020

All directors of Australian companies will soon be required to verify their identity and obtain a Director Identification Number (DIN).  Directors will keep their DIN forever.  The administrative challenge of issuing DINs to such a broad class of people will be significant, and with strict penalties for non-compliance, directors should be aware of their obligations well before the regime commences. 

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Don’t forget to “vet” your complaints – are they defamatory?

25 June 2020

In a recent District Court decision, a dog owner consumer was ordered to pay to a vet and his company $25,000.00 (plus interest) relating to seven publications through various social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and True Local.

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Titles Registry Update – E-Lodgement of Survey Plans

10 June 2020

The Titles Registry has introduced the ability to e-lodge survey plans for registration.

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Don't be 'casual' about your casual employees!

05 June 2020

Casual employment has come under the microscope again in a recent court decision which found an employee who was paid a casual loading was in fact a permanent employee and entitled to paid leave.

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Queensland implements the National Cabinet’s Commercial Leasing Principles

29 May 2020

The Queensland Government has passed the regulations (Regulations) to implement the National Cabinet’s Commercial Leasing Principles (Principles).

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Buyers beware - You might end up with a tenant you did not want

14 May 2020

If you have signed a contract, or about to sign a contract, then be aware that any current tenancy agreement might remain in place after settlement - whether you want it or not. 

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Corporations Act - COVID 19 Update

08 May 2020

As of 6 May 2020, the Federal Government has made changes to ease the burden on companies when convening shareholder meetings and executing documents in the age of social distancing.

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29 April 2020

The Titles Registry has recently released new guidelines which streamline the approval process for survey plans.  Developers, surveyors and development consultants should be aware of these guidelines to ensure the efficient registration of plans and other associated dealings.

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Defamation: Shielding your reputation from ‘keyboard warriors’

27 April 2020

Recently, a woman who left a scathing review on Google has been ordered to pay $750,000.00 in damages for the financial and emotional damage caused by her public comments. 

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Changes to the foreign investment review framework – what does this mean for me?

07 April 2020

Changes to Australia’s foreign investment review framework have recently been announced to safeguard the national interest amidst the outbreak of COVID-19.  While the changes are not intended to halt foreign investment, they may have consequences for all foreign investors and those who have business interests with foreign investors, such as developers of residential property. 

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We're here to help

24 March 2020

Shand Taylor Lawyers remains open and operating in these challenging times.

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Combating the financial impact of COVID-19 - temporary amendment to insolvency laws

23 March 2020

The Australian Government has announced temporary changes to insolvency and corporations laws to lessen the financial impact of COVID-19 on businesses over the next six months. 

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Looking to save on your council rates and land tax?

12 March 2020

Annual land valuations were issued by the Valuer-General to landowners on 6 March 2020.

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Watch out - your "standard" terms and conditions may not be that standard!

27 February 2020

Most suppliers will include with any credit application or on the back of invoices or delivery dockets a list of standard terms and conditions.

While most customers will not give those standard terms a second glance, they can be of vital importance if the customer doesn’t pay or there is some other dispute about the goods or services delivered.

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Directors beware! You may now be personally liable for unpaid GST.

14 February 2020

Generally, the directors of a company are not personally liable for the liabilities (or obligations) of their company.

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Employee jailed for providing false resume details - a cautionary tale

13 February 2020

A standout resume can play a critical part in landing that dream job in today’s competitive job market.

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NSW Duty and Land Tax Surcharges for Trusts

16 December 2019

If you own real property in New South Wales through a discretionary trust, then the terms of your trust deed will need to be urgently reviewed prior to 31 December 2019 to determine if in fact your trust is deemed to be a ‘foreign trust’.

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Employee unable to "Wiggle" out of termination for chucking fake sickie

26 November 2019

An employee who took a sick day to take his son to a Wiggles concert was held not to have been unfairly dismissed in a recent decision of the Fair Work Commission.

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Israel Folau Case Study - Freedom of Speech vs Breach of Employment Obligations

05 June 2019

After the controversial decision made by Rugby Australia (RA) to terminate Israel Folau’s contract, some continue to argue the decision is contrary to fundamental human rights of freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

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Give me back my property

21 May 2019

You supply, hire or provide products, goods or stock to a person, business or company.  That entity owes you money but before you are paid, becomes insolvent.  You know where your goods are  - surely you can just have them back?

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Reminder: Land valuation objections due by 7 May 2019

01 May 2019

Annual land valuations were issued by the Valuer-General to landowners on 6 March 2019.

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Foodora for Thought – Are your Contractors Really Employees?

07 January 2019

Businesses which engage workers as independent contractors instead of employees often do so to avoid the obligation to pay employment entitlements...

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Foreign Trust Surcharges in NSW - Does your discretionary trust own property in NSW?

27 November 2018

Given the broad beneficiary classes often found in family trust deeds, the majority of standard discretionary trusts are likely to be classified as ‘foreign trusts’ for the purpose of surcharge land tax and surcharge purchaser duty in New South Wales.

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Did the tenant get lucky? The pitfalls of service station leases.

20 November 2018

Caltex was a tenant of a fuel site in Victoria.  The original term of the lease was 10 years with two 5-year options.  Caltex exercised the first, and then the second option.

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Four months on, GST Withholding Regime still proves taxing

09 November 2018

The development landscape changed significantly on 1 July 2018, with buyers of new residential properties now being required to withhold part of the purchase price from the seller at settlement and pay it directly to the ATO.

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Is your PPSR registration about to lapse?

17 October 2018

The Personal Properties Security Act took effect on 30 January 2012.

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Not your dream holiday? We can help you exit an unwanted timeshare?

20 September 2018

Have you recently bought a timeshare membership and regret it? You’re not alone. There are millions of timeshare owners all over the world – but not all of them are happy ...

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Are "restraint of trade" clauses in employment contracts enforceable?

30 July 2018

A common misconception in the business community is that restraints of trade are completely unenforceable. But if they are really unenforceable, why ...

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