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Welcome to the October edition of our newsletter, 'Articles and Ideas for Clever Business Owners and Operators'. 

This month we tackle the PPSR, we take you through the recent crisis plaguing the ABC following the shock sacking of managing director, Michelle Guthrie. Our very own Rachel Derrico talks about her experience working overseas and we feature the recent BCorp: Wellness in the Workplace discussion about how investing in health and wellbeing in the workplace can have a positive ripple effect on your business.


PPSR: Boring as Hell, but Important for Landlords!
Have you registered your tenant’s security deposit on the Personal Property Securities Register? If not, the deposit may be less secure than you think.

A tricky issue for commercial landlords when entering into a new lease of their premises is the type of security to insist upon from the new tenant in order to guard against the tenant defaulting on its obligations.

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Termination of ABC’s Managing Director – Potential Legal Claims

The recent crisis plaguing the ABC following the shock sacking of managing director, Michelle Guthrie, has thrown the spotlight on some important considerations that employers must keep in mind when terminating the employment of senior executives.  

If you’ve been following the dramatic events at the national broadcaster, you will know that Ms Guthrie has engaged a leading Sydney barrister, and there are hints of impending legal action to be taken by Ms Guthrie against her former employer. 

The most common claim brought by employees against their employers following termination of employment is an unfair dismissal claim under the Fair Work Act 2009(Cth). However, most executives are excluded from making an unfair dismissal claim as they do not to meet the threshold requirements to bring a claim: You must earn less than $145,500 per year (as of 1 July 2018, this figure is adjusted annually on 1 July), or be covered by an award or agreement.

Ms Guthrie is no exception. Her annual salary of close to $900,000 puts her well above the threshold amount, which rules out unfair dismissal as a potential course of action.  

Read more here


Working Overseas

We have personal/carers leave, annual leave, compassionate leave and parental leave. We even have community service leave. But what about wanderlust leave? That is, leave to work wherever you want to help cure, or at least minimise, a nasty case of the travel bug!

Well, the Fair Work Act might not include this entitlement as a standard but here at Rankin Business Lawyers we do. We recognise that life is short, and that adventure should not be sacrificed for work. We have found a way to have our cake and eat it too!

Work or travel – por que no los dos?

Read the full article here

BCorp: Wellness in the Workplace

An investment in health and wellbeing has positive ripple effects on the business and is enthusiastically endorsed by employees and employers alike who have seen improvements in their ability to deal with stress and their work satisfaction. But how does a business successfully implement such initiatives?

On September 20, Rankin Business Lawyers were invited to join Melbourne B Corps MKT. Communications, BRM Projects and Culture Amp to talk about how they have managed to prioritise wellness in the workplace for both themselves and the teams they manage.

Key Takeaways:

  • Wellbeing is a key part of running a productive organisation and an integral part of a holistic business approach
  • Wellness is about self-awareness, shared responsibility and contentment with your state of progress.
  • Connection lies at the heart of wellbeing so think of how you can have  meaningful face-to-face interactions in the workplace. Bonding over food is a great starting point!
  • Being adaptable and flexible to the needs of your staff to ensure they’re able to be their full, wholesome selves in the workplace is important

Watch and catch up on the conversation here

Thanks again for reading. If you have any queries or would like to discuss any legal issues please don’t hesitate to contact me on 0422 736 206 or

Yours sincerely,
Rob Roy Rankin

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