Mandatory Vaccination for Victorian Workplaces
Samuel Ellemor, Senior Associate in Employment Law provides an update on the Victorian Government's vaccine mandate and its impact on workplaces as at 8 October, 2021.
The Victorian Government’s road map to re-opening has made it clear that vaccine passports are an integral part of the Government’s plan to re-open the economy, thus raising many questions for small and medium businesses.
There is no blanket legal requirement on businesses to provide a full refund in the event of cancellation, including in the event of government-mandated lockdowns or other restrictions. This applies to all types of businesses including accommodation providers, event organisers, or any other business that takes bookings and deposits or payment up front. However, it is important to be aware of the Australian Consumer Law and the requirements it imposes on your business.
There is no legal requirement on businesses to provide a full refund in the event of cancellation. However, the Australian Consumer Law provides protection to consumers and requires that businesses must treat consumers fairly and, in the COVID-19 context, businesses must act in accordance with their terms and conditions at the time of booking. Therefore the terms and conditions of your booking are what will determine your rights to a refund or other compensation in the event of cancellation.
As announced by the Victorian Government, the Commercial Tenancy Rent Relief Scheme has been re-introduced (subject to variations) with legislation being passed with effect from 28 July 2021. The intent, as in the previous scheme, is to facilitate Landlords and Tenants to negotiate mutually acceptable arrangements that work through their particular circumstances.
Buying a house is often the most significant investment an individual will make. The decision to invest or buy into a Retirement Village should be taken with equal care and consideration as such a step can impact future lifestyle options and financial security.
Disputes between directors of a company are, unfortunately, not uncommon. When there are several parties involved in a company as directors and shareholders, it perhaps not surprising that disputes may arise from time to time.
The Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2002 (Vic) (‘the Act’) is designed to streamline procedures within the construction and building industry by ensuring that any person who carries out work under a contract receives payment. The process is an efficient and cost-effective one, without the need for time-consuming and costly litigation. It gives statutory rights for on-going payment for any person who carries out work under a construction industry contract.
Buying and selling a property can be both an exciting and stressful time. We have prepared a checklist for both buying and selling a property to assist you with understanding the processes involved to ensure that your sale or purchase is as smooth as possible.
It is impossible to guarantee that your Will, no matter how cleverly drafted, will avert all challenges in the future. With proper instructions, a competent drafter can take into account the needs of your beneficiaries today. However, as circumstances change and unforeseen situations arise, the needs of your beneficiaries will also change, and a person who would not have a good claim today may have a successful claim tomorrow.