COVID-19 Rent Relief in Victoria: What you need to know about the 2022 Scheme

Rent relief is back in Victoria after the release of new government regulations on Tuesday 1 February 2022. The Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme Regulations 2022 reintroduce previous Victorian COVID-19 rent relief schemes with several changes. This article summarises the 2022 Scheme to inform lease negotiations between commercial landlords and tenants.   Am I eligible for […]

Workplace rights: Can I require my staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19?

As Australia continues to fight COVID-19, businesses are seeking clarity on mandatory coronavirus vaccinations. This article explains the legal framework surrounding COVID-19 vaccinations in the workplace, and employers’ rights and obligations under the law.   Can an employer require an employee to be vaccinated? Generally, receiving a vaccination is voluntary. However, whether employers can require […]

COVID-19 Vaccinations and the Workplace: How do I comply with privacy law?

Many businesses are still facing the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021. As the vaccine continues to rollout, businesses should ensure that they are complying with privacy law in regard to employee health information and vaccination status. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner released a set of guidelines on 23 February 2021 […]

How do I prepare my office for a return from COVID-19?

With most Australian workplaces enforcing a working from home policy, including it being mandatory requirement for those living in Victoria’s stage 4 restrictions, it is fair to say the modern day workplace norm has shifted. However, it may be time to think about what your workplace will look like once the Covid-19 curve has been […]

Advertising during COVID-19 – Lorna Jane fined almost $40,000 by the TGA

A series of recent enforcement actions by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), including the commencement of legal proceedings against Lorna Jane for their “anti-virus activewear, demonstrates that the TGA is treating advertising breaches related to Covid-19 as a top priority. Lorna Jane allegedly claimed that its ‘anti-virus activewear’ prevents and protects against infectious diseases with […]

RETAIL LAW UPDATE: COVID-19 SME Guarantee Scheme extension

The Treasurer has announced a post-September tailoring of the Covid-19 SME Guarantee Scheme to serve more businesses. The Scheme will be available for new loans made by participating lenders until the new extended deadline of 30 June 2021. It will now also allow banks to provide low-interest rate loans of up to $1 million for terms of […]

FREE DOWNLOADABLE: 5 OH&S Tips For Returning to Work after COVID-19

As the more restrictive stages of the Covid-19 self-isolation period eases, some workplaces are likely considering the option to resume in-office work with their employees. This creates new and unconsidered obligations on employers to implement extra safety procedures to safeguard the health and wellbeing of their employees. Employees are looking towards their employers, now more […]

Legal tips and tricks in the age of COVID-19

This has been a challenging few months for most businesses. Despite the chaos, you might be unaware that there are several opportunities available from a legal standpoint to help position yourself for recovery and growth.  JobKeeper At this stage, you have probably heard a considerable amount of talk regarding JobKeeper. Consider taking advantage of the […]

What retailers need to know about COVID-19 rent relief (Retail Law Update)

As part of our successful series of retail law update webinars and to celebrate Law Week (18 – 22 May), retail law expert Rosalyn Gladwin will be presenting a FREE webinar at 11am, Tuesday, 19 May 2020 via Zoom. This will be a 30 minute session focusing on select topics, including:• What do retailers need to know about the […]

Privacy Awareness Week – More relevant than ever

This week is Privacy Awareness Week in Australia, an annual event that highlights the importance of protecting personal information. It is promoted by a forum of privacy authorities in the Asia Pacific region including our own Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC).  This year’s focus is on ‘rebooting’ your privacy. This year privacy is […]