Banking Royal Commission

February 11, 2019

Has a bank, or finance company, or superannuation fund cost you money or denied your claim? Do you want to get your money back or have your claim reinstated? If you answered yes to either of these two questions please … Continue reading

Aged Home Care – Better care or larger bureaucracy

February 4, 2019

The new Commonwealth funded Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission commenced operation on 1 January 2019. The Commission combines the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency and the Aged Care Complaints Commissioner. The new Commission will accredit, assess and monitor aged … Continue reading

Have you registered your business name?

November 13, 2018

Since 2012, if you operate your business under a different name than your own name or your company’s name, you must have a registered business name. Previous to this date, trading names were able to be used. These are being … Continue reading

We mourn the passing of Mr Henry S. Dixon

October 19, 2018

On the morning of Friday 19 October, the mentor and grandfather of Hutchinson Legal died. We express our sympathy and condolences to the family of Henry Summerville Dixon and to the many clients who knew and loved him. A Service … Continue reading

Examining a sector in need of care – Aged Care Royal Commission

The Australian Government has announced the appointment of Commissioners to conduct a Royal Commission to examine and make findings relevant to the aged care sector. The Commissioners, former WA Supreme Court Judge Justice Joseph McGrath and former Medicare CEO Lynelle … Continue reading

Parenting after separation – What is the best approach?

September 19, 2018

There are a number of different terms for separated parents raising children. Co-parenting and parallel parenting are a couple of them. According to Wikipedia, co-parenting commonly refers to the shared parental responsibility of two, separated or divorced parents and has … Continue reading

Pizza Hut Franchisee fined $216,700

September 10, 2018

Following a successful prosecution by the Fair Work Ombudsman, Dong Zhao the owner and operator of a Pizza Hut franchise on the Gold Coast along with his company Skyter Trade Pty Ltd has received penalties of $216,700. Mr Zhao was … Continue reading

Expiring employment contracts still considered to be a dismissal by an employer

August 27, 2018

The full bench of the Fair Work Commission recently found that an employer’s decision not to renew an employee’s contract or offer a further contract may be considered a dismissal under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (the Act). The … Continue reading

$100,000 Message to underpaying employers

August 13, 2018

Currently, the most nominated industry for 457 (Temporary work (Skilled)) visa-holders is cafes and restaurants. It is unsurprising that underpaying allegations have surfaced all over recently, putting restaurant owners engaging in this practice on notice. From July 2015 to June … Continue reading

Is your real estate agent claiming commission illegally?

June 2, 2018

Real estate agents can only claim commission if the vendor has signed a sale authority which complies with the Estate Agents Act 1980 (‘the Act’). Recently, the Victorian Court of Appeal[1] decided that real estate agents could not rely on … Continue reading