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Time and Delay Costs for Provisional Sum ‘Blow-Outs’

20 May 2020 | Construction & Infrastructure |

There is a concerning trend in modern construction contracts to use the provisional sum mechanism as a buffer which can be drawn on to cover variations without impacting the contract sum, or for scope items for which there is a lack of design/engineering detail.

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COVID-19 ALERT #4

01 May 2020 | COVID-19 |

In our COVID-19 NEXUS Alerts #2 and #3, we looked at the Commonwealth and NSW legislative measures which had been introduced to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on certain commercial and retail leases – with detail being proposed to follow via specific state and territory regulations being adopted. NSW has now enacted its regulations.

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Covid-19 Update – New rules for signing your Will and Power of Attorney

23 April 2020 | COVID-19 |

The NSW Government have brought regulations to remove the requirement that a witness be physically present when witnessing the execution of certain documents.

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When good hedges go bad

22 April 2020 | Land & Environment Court |

What can we do when our neighbour’s hedge grows a little too high and starts to impact on our views or access to sunlight?

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Not objecting to proposed developments can narrow your options

22 April 2020 | Land & Environment Court |

Every so often we receive a letter in the post from the local council advising that a development is proposed next …

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COVID-19 ALERT #3

20 April 2020 | COVID-19 |

$130B JobKeeper Package: What’s it all about? The Government has committed to a $130B package under which businesses, self-employed and non-for-profits significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak will be able to access a $1,500 wage subsidy per fortnight per ‘eligible’ employee until 27 September 2020.

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COVID-19 Pandemic – Variation of Awards

14 April 2020 | COVID-19 |

In a decision on 8 April 2020, the FWC varied most awards. Every employee will be entitled to take up to 2 weeks’ unpaid leave if required to self-isolate. An employee and their employer may agree to the employee taking twice as much annual leave on half pay (including leave loading).

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COVID-19 NEXUS ALERT #2

09 April 2020 | COVID-19 |

The Federal Government has introduced a new Code which outlines a set of Commercial Leasing Principles (to apply for the term of the JobSeeker programme) – which essentially requires good faith negotiations between certain tenants and landlords to address the disruption caused by COVID-19.  Each state and territory will make necessary changes to its legislation to provide greater clarify around the application of the Code.

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COVID-19 NEXUS ALERT #1

30 March 2020 | COVID-19 |

NSW Emergency Measures Legislation – to address the COVID-19 pandemic (focus on retail and residential lease implications): NSW legislation has been brought in to implement emergency measures to address issues arising out of COVID-19. 

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COVID-19 Pandemic – Changes for Office Workers

27 March 2020 | COVID-19 |

News Update - The FWC to decide on changes to Clerk’s Award tomorrow - measures include: (1) Employers can direct employees to take annual leave (2) Employees can agree to a temporary reduction of working hours (3) Employers can have a close down with one week’s notice

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Changes to Insolvency Laws give relief for debts but at what cost?

26 March 2020 | Corporate & Commercial |

On Sunday, 22 March 2020, the Federal Government announced that the Treasurer has been granted temporary powers to make regulatory changes …

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6 Steps to handle construction project delays as a result of COVID-19

25 March 2020 | Construction & Infrastructure |

The impacts of the COVID-19 virus on supply chains, site shutdowns and labour shortages are already deeply affecting the construction sector.  …

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and your employees

24 March 2020 | COVID-19 |

The economy is being impacting by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the government measures to contain the spread. Businesses are all …

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Can a Principal be liable for Wet Weather Season costs?

20 March 2020 | Construction & Infrastructure |

Update: Click here to view this artictle as published in the Australian Construction Law Newsletter 
In the tropics, we get “the wet …

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