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Courts launch COVID-19 list to deal with urgent parenting disputes

Article By: Anastasia Bayliss, Lawyer Cappello Rowe Lawyers Sydney   The restrictions implemented to curb the spread of COVID-19 continue to impact co-parenting arrangements. In some instances, this has created increased risk in family violence. Additionally, the restrictions have caused practical difficulties for parenting arrangements that allow parents to see…

Changes to industry Awards in response to COVID-19

Article By: Joey Tass, Lawyer Cappello Rowe Lawyers Sydney   On 8 April 2020, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) made determinations to vary 99 Awards in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These new measures apply from an employee’s first full pay period on or after 8 April 2020 until 30…

What support is available for Landlord’s of COVID-19 affected tenants?

Article By: Marissa Kinred, Lawyer Cappello Rowe Lawyers Sydney   Landlords in NSW who agree to reduce rent, for business and residential tenants experiencing COVID financial distress, may be eligible for land tax refunds. The refunds only apply specifically to properties where it can be demonstrated that the tenant meets…

Working from the kitchen bench? Could this result in a work-related injury?

Article By: Rhea Mercado, Occupational Rehabilitation Consultant & Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Three Sticks   Given the current COVID-19 situation, more people are now working from home in makeshift home offices and workstation set ups. At the workplace, we usually have access to a dedicated work space, a work desk, work…

Residential Tenancies and COVID-19

Article By: Marissa Kinred, Lawyer Cappello Rowe Lawyers Sydney   Recent changes to legislation responding to the COVID-19 crisis means that Tenants of households impacted by COVID-19 cannot be evicted for rent arrears for a period of 60 days. There are further restrictions on evictions for a six month period.…

Video conferencing from Zoom to doom – what are the risks?

Article By: Sarah Cappello, Partner Cappello Rowe Lawyers Sydney   We are all using video conferencing more now than ever before. Are you using the free version? It’s easy to sign up to, it handles the calls and gives you everything you need – perfect. Or is it? Are you…

$250K bank loans for SME’s guaranteed by Government

Article By: Tania Schiff, Lawyer Cappello Rowe Lawyers Sydney   As part of the Commonwealth Government’s economic response to the Coronavirus outbreak, the government has announced a scheme  (“the Coronavirus Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Guarantee Scheme”) whereby the government will guarantee 50% of new loans issued by participating lenders…

Mandatory code to allow relief for tenants eligible for Job Keeper

Article By: Sarah Cappello, Partner Cappello Rowe Lawyers Sydney   On Tuesday 7 April the National Cabinet agreed on a mandatory code for commercial landlords and tenants. The code will apply to tenancies where either the landlord or the tenant are eligible for the JobKeeper Program with turnover of $50M…

COVID-19 Changes to awards for Hospitality, Clerks and Restaurants

Article By: Joey Tass, Lawyer Cappello Rowe Lawyers Sydney   The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to have far reaching and unprecedented impacts on both businesses and its employees. In order to address these issues and provide greater operational flexibility, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has implemented recent temporary variations to…

Relationship Separation During a Pandemic

Article By: Enis Goktepe, Partner Cappello Rowe Lawyers Sydney   As federal and state governments continually change the liberties available to us in response to this pandemic, where we can go and for what reason is continually changing on a seemingly weekly basis. Even if the gazetted restrictions allow for…