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Mediation under the Covid-19 Code of Conduct for commercial tenancies

If landlords and tenants cannot reach agreement on leasing arrangements under the National Cabinet’s COVID-19 commercial tenancies Code of Conduct (‘the Code’), the matter may be referred by either party to the applicable state or territory retail/commercial leasing dispute resolution process for ‘binding mediation’. Alike the rest of the Code, the dispute resolution mechanism is… Read more

COVID-19: Employer’s Health Responsibilities

Written by Sallie Emmett The responsibilities of employers when COVID -19 is transmitted to people at work has been exposed by the cluster of COVID-19 cases associated with Qantas baggage handlers, the fact that 50 Qantas and Jetstar staff have been infected with the virus and the concerns expressed about workers on cruise ships. The… Read more

COVID-19: Developments in commercial tenancies

Written by Taylor Moore and Rebecca Halkett The disruption to trading conditions and forced shutdowns imposed on businesses as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic has led the government to implement temporary measures to address the impacts on parties to commercial tenancy agreements. On 29 March, the Prime Minister announced a six-month moratorium on evictions.  This… Read more

COVID-19: Impacts for general meetings

Written by Taylor Moore and James Burchnall The current health emergency posed by COVID-19 and the implementation of social distancing and restrictions on large gatherings has highlighted several antiquated aspects of corporate law.  In this article, we focus on the challenges companies will face in holding shareholder meetings such as AGMs and where they can… Read more

COVID-19 – Foreign investment review changes – Increased scrutiny and delays

The Federal Treasurer has announced temporary changes to Australia’s foreign investment review framework, which came into effect from 10.30pm on Sunday 29 March 2020. The important temporary measures were put in place to ensure that there is a greater scrutiny on foreign investment into Australian businesses and assets (including land), at a time when Australian… Read more

COVID-19 – Temporary Relief for Cash Strapped Businesses

On 22 March 2020, in response to the debilitating effect of the COVID19 virus on businesses of varying sizes, the Federal Government announced its ‘Temporary relief for financially distressed businesses’ or to be precise the Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus Bill 2020.  While only time will tell whether the temporary measures will in practice free… Read more

ACCC releases its 2020 enforcement priorities

Yesterday the ACCC released its enforcement priorities for the 2020 calendar year. The ACCC Chair, Rod Sims, in his speech at the annual Committee for Economic Development Australia (CEDA) announcing the priorities, noted that ‘the pursuit of profit does not always promote the interest of Australian consumers’. On the back of the ACCC’s priorities in… Read more

Modern Slavery Legislation in Australia – what do I need to know?

The Commonwealth modern slavery legislation (the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) (‘Act’) came into effect on 1 January 2019. The Act asks organisations to identify the risk of modern slavery occurring in their operations and supply chains and set out the steps they are taking to address the risk (through reporting requirements). Why? At the… Read more