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

This month we are excited to introduce you to the latest addition to our team, Francine Clancy. Francine is a commercial and civil litigation lawyer, with particular experience in general commercial disputes, insolvency & reconstruction / bankruptcy matters, employment law, and proceeds of crime civil litigation.

In this edition we 
discuss Victoria's new labour hire laws coming into effect on 30 October, for freelance artists or contractors in the entertainment industry we talk about the latest changes to Californian employment law and a little reminder that now is a great time for a spring clean for your business.

Welcome Francine Clancy

Francine is a commercial and civil litigation lawyer, with particular experience in general commercial disputes, insolvency & reconstruction / bankruptcy matters, employment law, and proceeds of crime civil litigation. She has represented clients in both state and federal jurisdictions across a range of industries, including transport, travel, sport and commercial and retail leasing, to name a few.
Francine holds degrees in Law and Business Management and thoroughly enjoys engaging with all of her clients and assisting their business endeavours.
Francine is also passionate about giving back to the community and is currently a non-executive board director of a state Not-for-Profit organisation in the disability sector.
Outside of work, you will probably find Francine out riding horses or walking her dog Noodle the Groodle!


Is your business compliant with Victoria’s new Labour Hire Laws?

The Labour Hire Licensing Act 2018 (Vic) (LHL Act) comes into effect on 30 October 2019. So what does this mean for your business?

If your business provides individuals to perform services within a host business, you may be classified as a labour-hire company. If this is the case, you have until 30 October 2019 to apply for, or secure a licence to operate legally. Failure to comply will result in significant penalties (circa $500,000 for corporations or $126,000 for individuals). Labour-hire businesses will also be subject to annual reporting obligations.

Read our full blog post here

Are you a freelance artist or contractor thinking of heading over to California for work?  

If you are you might want to get up to speed on the latest changes to Californian employment law. It may just affect how you negotiate your gigs!

California has just amended its law with regards to the classification of independent contractors and employees and it is going to have a massive effect on the way artists collaborate in the entertainment industry, not to mention workers in other industries. 

The US Supreme Court has stated the misclassification of workers has led to the, “erosion of the middle class and rise of inequality,” in the United States and as such has made a dramatic move to amend the classification of workers.

Under section 2750.3 of the newly amended Labor code, a person providing labor or services for remuneration shall be considered an employee rather than an independent contractor unless the hiring entity demonstrates that certain conditions are satisfied.

Read more here

Spring Clean!

Many of our clients have fairly typical legal needs. It’s useful to review these standard issues from time to time as they seem to apply to most businesses in some form or another.

With spring in the air and everyone full of energy, there’s no time like the present!

Some of the things we will typically look at for a client or prospective client include:

  • Business structure
  • Shareholder or partnership agreement
  • Registered trade marks
  • Employment contracts
  • Terms and conditions of trade
  • Supply or licensing agreements
Please call us if any of the above issues are outstanding in your business.

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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