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Welcome to our April collection of articles and ideas for clever business owners and operators.

In this month's edition we give you some advice on how you can avoid an expensive and disruptive dispute, discuss land tax and how it can affect you, we invite you to our first Workplace Relations Forum for 2019, and link you through to how businesses can be a force for good.

How to avoid an expensive and disruptive dispute

A recent survey* of small businesses shows how to avoid an expensive and disruptive dispute. Unsurprisingly late payment was the single biggest reported cause of disputes.

Although 60% of businesses who had been though a dispute recently thought the dispute was dealt with fairly, more than half thought the time and effort required was unreasonable.

Read the full article here

Land tax bill a kick in the guts? Wait until you get your landlord’s one!

Land Tax. One of those unpleasant imposts you must endure yet can’t conceivably think of what you’re getting in return for the pleasure of forking over your hard-earned cash. If you know this pain then think of how much more it would hurt to have to pay land tax on a property you don’t even own!

Despite the property market dipping over the past year, the Victorian State Revenue Office has recently issued land tax assessments which (to the surprise and frustration of many) appear to be based on pre-downturn property values. This has for a large number of landlords meant a significant increase in their land tax bill just as the value of their investments begin to lose their shine.

Read our full blog post here

General Protections – Rankin's Workplace Relations Forum

Rankin Business Lawyers is pleased to invite you to its first Workplace Relations Forum for 2019 on general protections claims. General protections claims aim to protect workplace rights and to protect people from discrimination within the workplace and are on the rise. Last financial year, over 4,000 general protections claims involving termination of employment were lodged with the Fair Work Commission.  

DATE: Wednesday 10th April 2019

TIME: 7.30-9.00am
The session with start at 7.30am sharp)

Club of United Business, Level 5, 95 Queen Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000

Our Employment Lawyers, Rachel Derrico and Georgia Rutecki, will take you through the law on General Protections and discuss recent case law, including cases we have worked on.

Who should attend? This forum is relevant for HR Managers, Managers, Business Owners, Directors and anyone who is involved in the management of employees.

What will you get out of it? An overview of the law on general protections claims, practical tips to avoid a general protections claim and how to minimise your organisation’s risk.

Register your attendance here


Business as a force for good
Rankin Business Lawyers are proud to be a Certified BCorporation.

Certified B Companies are a new kind of business that balances purpose and profit. They are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment. This is a community of leaders, driving of a global movement of people using businesses as a force for good.

Find out more by watching this inspiring and heartfelt talk by Co-founder of BLab, Jay Coen Gilbert.

Watch the video 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 directly. 
Yours sincerely,
Rob Roy Rankin

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