Corrs In Brief

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

Stewart v Atco - The High Court clarifies the Universal Distributing principle and the role of liquidators

1 July 2014

The High Court recently delivered judgment in the matter of Stewart v Atco Controls Pty Ltd (In Liquidation).

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FWC bullying round-up: Withholding bonuses not bullying, more on reasonable management action, and lawyers welcome!

30 June 2014

Since 1 January 2014, workers have been able to seek orders to stop workplace bullying under Part 6-4B of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).

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Can an adjudicator determine a payment in favour of a respondent on its counterclaim? Alliance Contracting Pty Ltd v James [2014] WASC 212

25 June 2014

The recent decision by Justice Beech of the WA Supreme Court in Alliance Contracting Pty Ltd v James [2014] WASC 212 has clarified the scope and operation of section 31(2) of the Construction Contracts Act 2004 (WA).

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School chaplaincy legislation overturned - Williams v Commonwealth of Australia [2014] HCA 23

25 June 2014

On 19 June 2014, the High Court of Australia delivered its decision in the matter of Williams v Commonwealth of Australia [2014] HCA 23 (Williams (No 2)).

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FoFA amendments back in the spotlight

25 June 2014

Following the tabling of the Senate Economics Legislation Committee Report on the Inquiry into the Corporations Amendment Bill 2014, Senator Mathias Cormann, has released the Government’s response to the Report.

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Queensland’s new regime for overlapping coal and CSG tenures

23 June 2014

On 5 June 2014 the Mineral and Energy Resources (Common Provisions) Bill 2014 (Qld) was introduced into Queensland Parliament.

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Stop! Enforcing an adjudication determination in Western Australia by means of a statutory demand? You must first obtain leave of the Court

19 June 2014

The recent decision gives clear guidance to those in the building and construction industry wishing to enforce a favourable adjudication determination by issuing a statutory demand. Leave of the Court to enter a judgment must first be obtained.

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The cowl does not make the monk - Can an employer pay employees an “all in” rate covering annual leave entitlements?

17 June 2014

In this In Brief, we examine the Fair Work Commission Full Bench decision in Canavan Building Pty Ltd [2014] FWCFB 3202 (29 May 2014).

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Modernising Queensland's Resources Acts

13 June 2014

On 5 June 2014, the Mineral and Energy Resources (Common Provisions) Bill 2014 (Qld) was released, firing the starting gun for the complete legislative overhaul facing Queensland’s resources sector.

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An uncertain future for the government’s paid parental leave scheme

12 June 2014

A number of key details of the government’s proposed paid parental leave scheme are unclear, creating uncertainty for employers. The fate of the scheme is also unclear in light of the Budget and the soon to be changed composition of the Senate.

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