Tamira Stevensen

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COVID-19 Vaccination in the Workplace

The recent NSW Government public health orders which require vaccination of certain key workers have saved many employers from hard decisions about vaccinations and their workers. Nevertheless, many workplaces are not covered by the orders where employers would like to ensure that their employees are vaccinated for COVID-19. Of course, there is no dilemma if …

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Ways to Structure your Business as a Partnership

When you are a sole trader, the next step for expanding your business and increasing profits might be to partner with two or more people to make a profit. What are the advantages and disadvantages of being in a business partnership? What terms should you think about including in a Partnership Agreement? When you become …

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How to challenge unfair contract terms under Australian Consumer Law

For a small business saddled with an unfair business-to-business contract from a supplier, the first step is to ask the supplier for changes to the contract. If the supplier ignores this request, you should get legal advice. In some cases, it may be advisable to commence legal action against the supplier to have unfair contract …

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Pandemics are bad for business, and Commercial leases will now have to reflect that for the COVID-19 period

The COVID-19 pandemic has just slugged the global economy with the most significant downturn since the Great Depression. Still, once the virus is under reasonable control, it will probably be easier to recover economically than in the 1930s. Nevertheless, many businesses could collapse in the short term, which would have become viable again once the …

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Beam Me Up Scotty – Witnessing Documents Over the Net During the Pandemic

Since 22 April 2020, legal documents can be witnessed and signed over the Internet in a legal milestone. On this date, the Electronic Transactions Amendment (COVID-19 Witnessing of Documents) Regulation 2020 (NSW) came into effect. The Regulation is designed to overcome the NSW Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on gatherings, including legally …

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Termination of a Contract or Agreement, including your COVID-19 pandemic options

If you have a written contract, it will often contain a clause that allows either side to terminate the agreement if a specific condition is not met, usually the supply of goods and services or payment by some particular date. If the other party does not meet the requirement, you can choose to terminate the …

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COVID-19 and Debt Collection – Getting Paid In Difficult Times

In business, cash is king, but with COVID-19, our worlds have been thrown upside down. With sensitivity in these difficult times, what can we do to recover money owed to a business? How do you recover debts owing to a business in these challenging times of COVID-19 and the coronavirus? 1. Re-negotiate your supply terms …

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Buying a Franchise – Finding a Goldmine and Avoiding a Sinkhole

If you take a casual look at some franchises, like Maccas or KFC, you might get the impression that they are a licence to print money. Everything decided for you, from product to training to publicity, a well-known brand and logo, access to prime retail addresses, and a Head Office full of lawyers and accountants …

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Franchise Disputes – Notice of Dispute and the Franchising Code of Conduct

You have bought into a franchise which you thought was a licence to print money, and suddenly you are in a dispute with the franchisor, the owner of the brand. What can you do? You should issue to the other party a Notice of Dispute under the Franchising Code of Conduct. When you think about …

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Contractor vs employee – Are your staff employees or contractors?

In the age of ‘just in time’ and the ‘flexible labour force’ a lot of employers have been tempted to get rid of employee overheads altogether and supply the labour needed through ‘contracts for services’ or  labour-hire arrangements. So, when is someone an employee and when are they a contractor? Labour-hire workers are often still …

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