COVID-19 Resource Centre

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Building & Construction

As a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, many constructions are, or are facing, financial struggles, with the industry facing recession and builders facing hurdles just in order to operate. Current regulations are costly and pose many challenges for the industry. Michael Chesterman, Consultant at Helix Legal shares more insights into this matter.

 

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COVID-19 has caused financial burdens across the infrastructure industry. Should you become involved in an interlocutory injunction, there are a number of issues you need to be aware of, including the restriction on the court’s ability to grant one, the commercial purpose of the contractual recourse provisions and more. Read more as Andrew Hales, Partner and Emily Miers, Lawyer at MinterEllison share more details about these issues.

 

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Crime

Discover some of the big ethical issues that practitioners are grappling with during these interesting times.

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Hear from a respected Magistrate and QC as they explore some of the major changes to criminal law practice and procedure.

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Employment Law & Safety

Angus will reveal some of the work hazards, including air conditioners, that you have to include in your risk assessment before returning your employees back to the workplace.

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Elizabeth will provide you with guidelines on what to look out for including mental health issues, and how to mitigate them to ensure compliance.

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One of the largest changes as a consequence of the COVID-19 are the changes to employment laws as they were not prepared for a pandemic. Key changes include the JobKeeper Payment, wage condition, minimum payment guarantee, hourly rate of pay guarantee and more. Elizabeth Devine, founder of Devine Law at Work, provides a detailed overview of these changes.

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Michael will provide you with the legal considerations and also give you other options to redundancies, stand downs and pay cuts.

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Employers will need to remember their WHS obligations, rights and responsibilities under employment contracts, employee entitlements, as well as the circumstances in which employers can stand down an employee. For more details, read Elizabeth Devine’s analysis into these key issues.

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After qualifying for JobKeeper, there are a number of processes you need to be aware of. These processes require a thorough understanding of the JobKeeper enabling directions and powers. Erin McCarthy, Partner and Daniel Barlett, Law Clerk at Piper Alderman provides an overview of the JobKeeper enabling directions, including standing down s 789GDC, duties of work s 789GE, location of work s 789GF, penalties and more.

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Family

In a statement from the Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia and Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, they reveal that the Family Court and Federal Circuit Courts will remain open and that the best interests of the child/children should always be considered. Read more on these key points here.

The COVID-19 List, effective from 29 April, was implemented due to an increase in urgent filings for Parenting Matters from the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it aimed to bring the certain matters to urgent attention. This COVID-19 List is accompanied by a joint Practice Direction to examine requirements of a Parenting Matter application along with its Supporting Affidavit. Kristen Mitchell-Scott from Mitchells Solicitors shares an overview of these criteria.

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Insolvency & Restructuring

COVID-19 and a number of new pieces of legislation has significantly changed insolvency, retail & commercial leasing, and the interplay between the two. Several of the key issues impacted include how administrations are playing out, personal liability, remitting rent and more.

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Law for Non-Lawyers

There have been some major impacts on contracts. As an architect you need to be on top of these issues, from Force Majeure to Frustration & Performance.

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Media & Entertainment

There are certain legal protocols and policies and procedures being worked on and released to the industry. These are the industry guidelines that will need to be followed by producers and productions companies Australia wide.

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Personal Injury

There is no doubt that there has been a huge impact on settlements and insurance claims due to COVID-19.

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Retail & Commercial Leasing

COVID-19 and a number of new pieces of legislation has significantly changed insolvency, retail & commercial leasing, and the interplay between the two. Several of the key issues impacted include how administrations are playing out, personal liability, remitting rent and more.

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Wills

The big question on everyone’s mind is how to protect clients when you can’t see who else is in the room. There is also the challenge of proving that the process was done above board.

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Claire will provide you with some options that you can use. She will also be covering other technology that is useful during these times.

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The big question on everyone’s mind is how to protect clients when you can’t see who else is in the room. There is also the challenge of proving that the process was done above board.

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How do you deal with beneficiaries with changed circumstances? How can they take advantage of the economic conditions?

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Working from Home

Claire will reveal in a very simple manner, what you can do to protect your systems including your video conferencing meetings.

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As many continue to work from home, it is important to be aware of the privacy risks of using services to do so efficiently. One such technology to facilitate this is video conferencing services, in particular, Zoom. However, recent reports have highlighted privacy risks associated with this service. Read more from Kataring Klaric, Principal and Director at Stephens Lawyers & Consultants as she provides more information about this issue.

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