Publications

From office to bedroom – Romantic relationships in the workplace

There has recently been significant media attention concerning certain high profile executives having “inappropriate relationships” with employees within their organisations. These stories raise questions about the scope of an employer’s ability to regulate personal relationships in the workplace. So, when does a personal relationship become an employer’s business? Dating a colleague – Whose business is … Read more


Victoria to overhaul environmental regulation

The Victorian Government will overhaul its approach to environmental regulation, taking a more preventative approach. The Victorian Environment Protection Authority (EPA) revealed the plans at a recent Australian Environment Business Network seminar hosted by HWL Ebsworth. The new approach is expected to be included in a draft Bill, due next year, which will rewrite the … Read more


Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Act 2017 – Commences

The Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 received Royal Assent on 14 September 2017. The amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 commenced today 15 September 2017. Importantly, responsible franchisor entities and holding companies can be held liable for contraventions of specified civil remedy provisions of the Fair Work Act by their franchisees … Read more


Tax Insight: Legislation introduced on foreign owner annual vacancy fee

As foreshadowed in the 2017-18 Federal Budget, on Thursday 7 September 2017 the Treasury Laws Amendment (Housing Tax Integrity) Bill 2017 was introduced in the House of Representatives to implement an annual vacancy fee on foreign owners of residential real estate. In this Tax Insight we explore this new cost on foreign investment. When will … Read more


Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 (Bill) Passed

On Tuesday 5 September 2017 the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 (Bill) was passed by the House of Representatives after a long period of debate and following a number of amendments which were made by the Senate. The Bill amends the Fair Work Act 2009 (Act) and introduces several new reforms that … Read more