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Welcome to the HWL Ebsworth COVID-19 Resources page, where we provide up to date information on the actual and potential impacts of COVID-19 on our Government and Commercial clients.
Now more than ever, it is essential to have the right information at your fingertips in order to navigate the constantly changing environment and the significant risks and challenges COVID-19 presents to business operations from a health, social and economic perspective. Our firm is committed to bringing you these market insights and will continue to keep you well informed on the legal implications for your business.
Please click here for more information about HWL Ebsworth's response to COVID-19.
Can you avoid a wage increase scheduled in your current enterprise agreement terms to preserve business viability?
Many employers are experiencing financial strain due to the consequences of reduced trade, restrictions imposed upon their business operations and […]Read More
HWL Ebsworth’s National Taxation Group earlier summarised the key tax changes introduced in the first and second Federal Government COVID-19 Stimulus Plans, […]Read More
On 15 May 2020 the South Australian Parliament passed the COVID-19 Emergency Response (Further Measures) Amendment Act 2020 (SA) (Amendment Act) along […]Read More
Government restrictions imposed in light of COVID-19 have left many businesses dealing with the fall-out from cancelled events, suspended services […]Read More
On 13 May 2020 the COVID-19 Legislation Amendment (Emergency Measures—Miscellaneous) Bill 2020 (NSW) was passed by both houses NSW Parliament with the […]Read More
As the world responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, stories have been circulating of companies offering, and governments seeking, greater access […]Read More
Practical analysis of the NSW regulations (Retail and Other Commercial Leases (COVID-19) Regulation 2020)
On 24 April 2020, the Retail and Other Commercial Leases (COVID-19) Regulation 2020 (NSW) (Regulation) commenced, affecting both retail and commercial leases […]Read More
As part of the Federal Government’s broader package in response to COVID-19, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg published on 5 May 2020 […]Read More
The recent decision of the Australian Government to implement social distancing and isolation requirements in response to COVID-19 has resulted […]Read More
Times of pandemic are ripe for fraudsters to prey on people’s vulnerabilities and anxieties. During the 1918-19 Spanish influenza pandemic, […]Read More
COVID-19: The Victorian Government’s decision to postpone the implementation of the Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018 means more time for industry and businesses to adjust
The Victorian Government has passed emergency legislation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.1 As a part of its reforms, the Government […]Read More
On 31 March 2020, ASX announced that it had introduced new measures to facilitate listed entities raising capital, in response […]Read More
On 29 March 2020, the Minister for Health announced that Medicare-subsidised telehealth services would be expanded to apply to all […]Read More
The Residential Tenancies Amendment COVID-19 Regulation 2020 introduces a 6 month moratorium period which commenced on 15 April 2020 (‘moratorium […]Read More
The Residential Tenancies Amendment COVID-19 Regulation 2020 introduces a 6 month moratorium period which commenced on 15 April 2020 (‘moratorium period’) […]Read More
Urgent amendments have been made to Queensland’s Planning legislation in response to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency, effective 1 April 2020. […]Read More
In response to the unprecedented public health crisis that is COVID-19, the State Government has not hesitated to bring forth […]Read More
The new Local Government Act 2020 (Vic) (the new Act) marks the first comprehensive overhaul of local government in Victoria for over […]Read More
Force Majeure What is the law relating to force majeure? There is no general law of ‘force majeure’. For ‘force […]Read More
Australian Banking Association and banks co-operate to offer business loan relief packages including Landlord’s affected by COVID-19
On Monday 30 March 2020, the ACCC approved the Australian Banking Association and banks to co-operate to provide COVID-19 business loan relief packages. […]Read More
These are unprecedented times. The impact of both the Coronavirus itself and the Government’s action to combat this health and […]Read More
The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented economic crisis. As many companies find themselves unable to continue to pay full wages […]Read More
ASX and ASIC yesterday announced welcomed new measures to facilitate listed entities raising capital, in response to COVID-19. The key […]Read More
The WA Minister for Mines and Petroleum has announced relief measures for the holders of mining tenements that may be […]Read More
COVID-19 Legislation Amendment (Emergency Measures) Act 2020 (NSW) (Act) received assent on 25 March 2020, giving the NSW Government the […]Read More
The covid-19 pandemic will no doubt have a lasting effect on liability insurers and we expect will effectively encourage the […]Read More
Coronavirus and commercial contracts – No force majeure clause? Can the doctrine of “Frustration” assist?
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to spread, more and more parties are finding themselves in a position where they […]Read More
Stand down provisions and the COVID-19 outbreak: What rights do employers affected by COVID-19 have to stand down employees?
The outbreak of COVID-19 presents a unique and unprecedented challenge to Australian employers. While some employers are facing significant financial […]Read More
On a Proper Construction – Issue 4 (What residential builders must do now to minimise risk exposure from delays arising from COVID-19)
Sailors well know that “time and tide wait for no-one”. The same is true of time limits in construction contracts. Unless you’ve […]Read More
Social-distancing and self-isolation measures to tackle the spread of COVID-19 have seen Federal, State and Territory Governments pass unprecedented legislation […]Read More
The COVID-19 outbreak is unlike any previous crisis, and listed entities face a constantly evolving situation. In this update, we […]Read More
We haven’t seen the World Health Organisation (WHO) classify a pandemic since 2009 where we saw H1N1 influenza, better known […]Read More
Modular Construction and the novel Coronavirus, COVID-19 The recent outbreak of the novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, (recently declared a pandemic by […]Read More
An Insurance Risk perspective Although the first quarter of 2020 is yet to conclude, already Australia has been beset by […]Read More
The outbreak of coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) first reported in Wuhan, China on 31 December 2019 has progressively spread, […]Read More