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Contractors vs Employees: A Trap for Employers

Many employers are still under the impression that calling their workers “contractors” and requiring them to have an ABN establishes their relationship as one of “principal and contractor”. Unfortunately, it is not what a worker is called which is determinative…

Workers’ Compensation Laws: Pre-Existing Injuries or Medical Conditions

The Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation and Other Legislative Amendments Act 2013 (Qld) (“the Act”) made a number of significant changes to workers’ compensation that will benefit employers. Among other things, the Act provides that, if requested, a prospective employee must…

Attention Small Business Owners: Use the Code

Many small business owners struggle with issues relating to unsatisfactory performance or conduct of employees, often because they may have little human resource expertise or experience. Small business employers (that is, those with fewer than 15 employees), often find themselves…

Off the Plan Real Estate Sales – Oh How You’ve Changed

We recently published a bulletin regarding the Property Occupations Act (“POA”) which commenced on 1 December 2014. The POA is the primary legislation that regulates the real estate industry in Queensland. Amendments to the Land Sales Act and the Body…