Corrs In Brief

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

Differential rating revisited - Ostwald Accommodation Pty Ltd v Western Downs Regional Council [2015] QSC 210

25 August 2015

A recent decision of the Supreme Court of Queensland has provided much-needed clarification of the legal principles governing the power of local governments to levy differential rates.

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Critical Decision about WHS Coercive Information Gathering Powers

21 August 2015

In Perilya Limited v Nash [2015] NSWSC 706, the Supreme Court of NSW confirmed the extensive scope of the WHS Regulators’ coercive information gathering powers – including their capacity to reach into the Boardroom.

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Who is an Officer under the Model Work Health and Safety Act?

21 August 2015

The recent decision of the ACT Industrial Court in B McKie v Munir Al-Hasani v Kenoss Contractors Pty Ltd (In Liq) [2015] ACTIC 1 provides key take-outs on critical aspects of the Model Work Health and Safety Act.

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Management’s understanding of notice determines nature of industrial action: Federal Court

18 August 2015

In Esso Australia Pty Ltd v The Australian Workers’ Union [2015] FCA 758, the Federal Court found that if there is any ambiguity, management’s reasonable understanding of a notice of industrial action determines the scope of the action.

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Say watt? Changes to on-seller exemptions under the National Energy Customer Framework

17 August 2015

Changes to the electricity on-selling regime commenced in Queensland on 1 July 2015. Landlords, owners and managers should review their existing on-selling arrangements to ensure compliance with the new exemption categories.

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Landlords under leases entered into before 30 June 2009 can recover land tax payable from 30 June 2010 - At least for now

17 August 2015

In Wyuna Court Pty Ltd v Vikpro Pty Ltd, a single judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland has determined a landlord under a lease entered into before 30 June 2009 may require a tenant to reimburse land tax payable on or after 30 June 2010.

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Is it a duck or a rooster? The challenge of distinguishing between an employee and independent contractor in the new “sharing economy"

14 August 2015

Two Full Federal Court decisions have taken different approaches to the question whether a worker is an employee or a contractor. How will this issue be resolved in the new world of disruptive service provision?

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Regulatory reform encourages digital disclosure in financial services

13 August 2015

Newly made legislative instruments have made digital disclosure in financial services a viable alternative to traditional methods.

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“But why?”: Fair Work Commission publishes first reasons for making stop bullying order

11 August 2015

We consider the learnings for employers arising out of the FWC’s first published reasons for making an order to stop bullying under Part 6-4B of the Fair Work Act.

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New framework for levying development contributions in Victoria

10 August 2015

The Planning and Environment Amendment (Infrastructure Contributions) Bill 2015 (Vic) introduces a new standardised infrastructure contributions system for levying development contributions in Victoria.

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