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Good humour, bad taste: Can an inappropriate "joke" lead to an employee's dismissal?
04 Feb 2016
Almost no one wants a solemn, sterile workplace devoid of any humorous rapport or repartee, but employers must also ensure employees are not exposed to language that may be deemed offensive or inappropriate in the workplace. Michael Byrnes and Jacqui Ellis see how employers can deal with this challenge.
Security of Payment reform returns to the agenda
04 Feb 2016
Industry participants should be considering submissions to the review of the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW) currently underway, say Frank Bannon and Mark Gillard.
What's ahead for 2016 in taxation - will the rubber hit the road?
04 Feb 2016
The backlog of announced but unenacted tax measures are now off the books, so will there be a fresh burst of reform in 2016? Mark Friezer sets out the main issues for tax in 2016.
More flexibility for native vegetation offsets in South Australia
04 Feb 2016
The South Australian Government has introduced more flexibility for those undertaking native vegetation clearing, as Nicole Besgrove and Claire Smith explain.
More security of payment reform for Queensland - get involved
04 Feb 2016
The Queensland Government's contemplated further reforms to security of payment legislation are wide-ranging and could impose significant change on the administration of construction contracts, as Frazer Moss and Chris Cull explain.
Mandatory central clearing on its way for issuers of OTC derivatives in Australia
04 Feb 2016
Issuers of certain OTC interest rate derivatives will soon be required to clear their swaps in compliance with ASIC's new mandatory clearing rules. Sonia Goumenis and Mano Karthigeyan explain how these will work in practice.
Insurance clauses in contracts - keeping the focus
04 Feb 2016
Keeping insurance front of mind when drafting contracts can help you avoid any nasty issues arising down the track, says Michelle Hocking.
"Yes, but…" Getting approval conditions right
04 Feb 2016
Kathryn Pacey says that although there are no hard and fast rules for what is a lawful condition, there are fundamental questions that you can ask in determining whether it meets the legal tests.
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