The COVID-19 vaccine and work – your rights and obligations

Can your employer ask you to get the COVID-19 vaccine? What if you refuse? Or, if you’re an employer, can you insist staff get the vaccine? As the vaccine rollout gains momentum, more and more employees and employers are needing to consider whether workers can be required to get vaccinated. Some state governments have moved […]

NSW COVID-19 lockdown extension: Changes for construction – what you need to know

While the COVID-19 situation in Sydney remains challenging, in welcome news, construction can resume on Saturday 31 July in Greater Sydney (including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour). In further good news for the industry, worksites will be permitted to operate on Sundays and public holidays, up until Christmas, to allow businesses to […]

Budget Overview

On Tuesday, 6 October 2020, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg handed down the Federal Budget which was largely defined by the COVID-19 pandemic. At a glance A wide range of sectors and stakeholders are affected by the Budget. At a high level, the winners and losers of this Budget have been reported as follows: (Source: ABC News) […]

Big news for struggling small businesses

Last week, the Federal Government announced proposed changes to corporate insolvency laws designed to help boost the survival rate of small businesses. The proposed changes would take effect from 1 January 2021 and aim to reduce the complexity, time, and costs involved for small businesses dealing with financial distress. This reform is in response to […]

Retail tenants and relief against forfeiture during COVID-19

If a tenant breaches a lease for non-payment of rent, there is a fundamental breach which gives a landlord the right to terminate the lease and take possession of the premises. However, a tenant has the right to apply to the court for an order restraining the landlord from doing so, otherwise known as relief […]

How COVID-19 has impacted tenants’ and landlords’ rights: Residential Tenancies (Amendment) COVID-19 Regulation

The Residential Tenancies (Amendment) COVID‑19 Regulation 2020 generally prohibits, until 14 October 2020, subject to further extension (the moratorium period), a landlord from giving a tenant who is a member of a household financially impacted by the COVID‑19 pandemic (an impacted tenant) a termination notice for non‑payment of rental charges and provides that during the […]