Corrs In Brief

Corrs In Brief offers the latest updates on legal issues and developments, focusing on their impact to your business and industry.

New South Wales reintroduces stamp duty changes relating to options

2 June 2014

Last week a new bill was introduced into the New South Wales Parliament which reintroduces most of the significant stamp duty changes that had been proposed by the previous bill.

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BCIP Act reform - Key changes

29 May 2014

After a long period of stakeholder consultation, the Queensland Government has announced a series of amendments to the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (Qld).

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Navigating the new BCIPA - Pitfalls remain when responding to standard payment claims

29 May 2014

Your contractor endorses his payment claims as payment claims under BCIPA. He says he will not pursue any disputed amount under BCIPA. What should you do and what are the risks?

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“That’s not bullying”: Fair Work Commission clarifies key aspects of new workplace bullying laws

23 May 2014

The Fair Work Commission has provided its first detailed insights into the types of conduct that will – and won’t – constitute bullying under Part 6-4B of the Fair Work Act.

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New customer due diligence requirements under anti-money laundering laws

23 May 2014

Ahead of the full statutory review of Australia’s anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financial laws, the AUSTRAC CEO has amended the Anti-Money Laundering/Counter-Terrorism Financing Rules in relation to CDD.

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Palmgrove Holdings Pty Ltd v Sunshine Coast Regional Council [2014] QDC 77

21 May 2014

LJB Casenote: Palmgrove Holdings Pty Ltd v Sunshine Coast Regional Council [2014] QDC 77.

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National Rental Affordability Scheme - Round 5 to be discontinued

20 May 2014

The Commonwealth Government has announced that it will not proceed with Round 5 incentive allocations under the National Rental Affordability Scheme.

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The new untouchables - Does adverse action mean that some employees are immune from dismissal?

16 May 2014

Recent case law suggests that an employee who makes a complaint about almost any issue in their workplace, can seek protection from dismissal under the “adverse action” provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009.

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Differential rates - Can councils take into account whether a property is the owner’s principal place of residence? Paton & Ors v Mackay Regional Council [2014] QSC 75

16 May 2014

The Supreme Court of Queensland has set aside a resolution of the Mackay Regional Council that purported to impose differential rates based on whether or not a property was an owner’s principal place of residence.

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Commencing proceedings in the face of a valid arbitration agreement? Don’t be hopeless

16 May 2014

Parties who commence litigation and then resist a stay application in circumstances where there is a valid and binding arbitration agreement should proceed with extreme caution.

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