December 2016

  • 15 December, 2016

    Insolvent trading – ASIC reports increase – are you a director at risk?

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    Insolvent trading

    In a recent insolvency statistics report[1], ASIC reported in respect of the 2015-16 financial year, 9,465 reports were lodged with ASIC by external administrators. Insolvent trading counted for 7,797 (or 82.4% of reports) during the reporting period rendering it the most common allegation against company officers relating to possible misconduct.

    While insolvent trading has been the most common allegation in possible misconduct reports by external administrators of companies in prior years, there has been a notable increase in the overall percentage of reports of misconduct in this area when compared to 2014-15 (6,561 or 78.5% of reports) and 2013-14 (7,218 or 76.3% of reports). Read More >

  • 13 December, 2016

    Deed of Company Arrangement (DOCA)

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    What is a DOCA?

    A deed of company arrangement (DOCA) is a binding agreement between a company in voluntary administration and its creditors pursuant to which the debts of the company are typically compromised or repaid over an extended time period.

    A company that is subject to a DOCA is effectively given a second chance to get back on its feet and try to trade its way back to profitability. Read More >

  • 6 December, 2016

    Probationary periods and notice

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    Probationary periods in employment contracts

    Probationary periods are prevalent in most employment contracts. Probationary periods in employment contracts can be utilised by employers to assess the suitability of a new employee for the relevant role and routinely operate to place new employees on notice that continued employment beyond the expiration of the probationary period remains subject to such an assessment by the employer. Read More >

  • 1 December, 2016

    Employment Law Video: Avoiding workplace hangovers this festive season

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    Unfair dismissal claims and other employment law related claims are prevalent following workplace events especially Christmas functions. Unfair dismissal claims can be costly to employers, regardless of the outcome. Our new video has been released to assist all employers avoid the employment law risks and unfair dismissal claims often associated with work or office Christmas parties and functions.

    This video is a must see for employers of all shapes and sizes.

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