1 November 2016
The Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Western Australia recently delivered a decision relevant to all not-for-profit organisations operating in the aged care/retirement village sector.
Jackson McDonald successfully represented the Australian Flying Corps and Royal Australian Air Force Association (WA Division) Inc (RAAFA) in the proceedings with the Court of Appeal determining that RAAFA’s Erskine Grove retirement village is non rateable land used exclusively for a charitable purpose (i.e. relief of the aged).
The decision is relevant to all not-for-profit operators of retirement villages as it confirms that land used to provide aged care accommodation and other services associated with the relief of the aged is exempt from local government rates even if that accommodation and other services are not subsidised.
27 October 2016
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4 October 2016
Annual general meeting (AGM) season is upon us and, if you haven’t already, it’s time to start planning. Better decisions are made if a meeting is well planned, runs smoothly and different points of view can be properly heard.
Understanding the rules that you must follow in planning and running your AGM is crucial.
In this article we provide some simple answers to common questions – when, where, who, why and what?
Author: Adam Levin
22 September 2016
Federal Court slams "calculated exploitation of vulnerable workforce" in another sham contracting prosecution
The Fair Work Ombudsman has been successful in prosecuting a cleaning company for over 36 breaches of the Fair Work Act 2009 (FW Act). The breaches primarily relate to the engagement of vulnerable workers as “independent contractors” when they were in fact clearly employees. Her Honour Katzmann J summarised the case as being about “the calculated exploitation of a vulnerable workforce”.
5 September 2016
The Fair Work Commission has announced that the annual leave provisions of most Modern Awards will be amended. The changes affect many of the major Hospitality & Tourism Awards, including the Hospitality Industry (General) Award and Restaurant Industry Award.
Author: Shannon Walker
28 August 2016
New provisions for unfair contract terms will apply to standard form "small business contracts", entered into on or after 12 November 2016, and contracts that are renewed, or varied, after 12 November 2016.
19 August 2016
The State Government has recently announced a package of measures designed to improve security of payment for contractors/subcontractors in the construction industry.
The proposed changes follow significant media attention on construction projects where subcontractors have claimed they have not been paid and an increase in insolvencies in the construction sector.
3 August 2016
On 23 June 2016 the Sale of Land Amendment Bill 2016 (WA) (Bill) was introduced in the Western Australian Parliament.
The Bill is of particular importance to developers as it proposes that section 13 of the Sale of Land Act 1970 (WA) (Act) be amended to allow a person to sell one or more lots in a subdivision before they become the owner of the underlying parcel of land. But the sale contract must include a disclosure and a condition and certain other things must be done by the seller.
26 July 2016
The Fair Work Commission has announced that the annual leave provisions of most Modern Awards will be amended. Among the proposed amendments will be the ability for employers to direct employees to take annual leave in the event of excessive accruals and to allow annual leave to be cashed out by agreement in certain circumstances. As the changes will effect the mandatory minimum terms and conditions for many Award covered employees, employers should keep informed about the changes and their introduction.
Author: Shannon Walker
12 July 2016
Worksafe WA have announced they will have a proactive inspection program in place for the restaurant and café sector during the 2016/2017 financial year in order to ensure the industry’s compliance with occupational safety and