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31/07/2014 | TRADEMARKING BAD TASTE News that somebody sought to register a trademark on the term MH17 within a day of the plane being shot down over Ukraine makes you shake your head in despair...

27/06/2014 | HONESTY BEST POLICY IN RESUMES An ambitious man who recently got a top job in a Sydney department store chain was sacked on his very first day when he was alleged to have lied on his resume. He wasn’t the first. Surveys have found one person in three admits to lying, stretching the truth or telling little fibs on their resume.

30/04/2014 | SACKED BEFORE YOU EVEN START – WHAT CAN YOU DO? You are offered an attractive job with a rival company. You accept the offer and resign your current position. You even move cities for the new job. Then, just before you sign the employment contract, the bombshell hits...

23/04/2014 | TACKLE AGE DISCRIMINATION BEFORE RAISING PENSION TO 70 With all the talk of raising the age at which you can receive the pension to 70 there is a real need to change attitudes to keeping the more mature among us in jobs...

19/02/2014 | BUSINESSES NEED TO PREPARE FOR NEW PRIVACY LAWS Changes to the privacy laws come in next month covering how a business handles personal information and businesses need to check to ensure they comply...

20/12/2013 | LEWD OFFICE EMAILS NOT AUTOMATIC SACKING OFFENCE Three workers at Australia Post were caught sending lewd email messages to each other. They were fired on the spot...

6/12/2013 | BEING BULLIED? RECORD IT IN A DIARY. Horrific recent reports from the Coroner’s Court looking into the suicide of a young man after he was bullied at work show that despite all the laws and guidelines, more must be done...

4/12/2013 | OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY MOST DANGEROUS TIME OF YEAR This should be the time of year when you embrace your work colleagues in a mood of seasonal goodwill, imbibe in good-natured convivial jollity, tell the boss how much you truly appreciate their efforts, thank junior staff for their wonderful and tireless assistance...

12/11/2013 | BE READY FOR NEW WORKPLACE BULLYING LAWS New workplace bullying laws come into operation on January 1 and it’s worth getting your business ready for it now. Changes to the Fair Work Act 2009 enable allegations of bullying in the workplace to be handled by the Fair Work Commission...

18/10/2013 | COMPANY DIRECTORS NEED TO PROTECT THEMSELVES For more than 200 years there has been a legal barrier between the business life of company directors and their personal life. This was so directors could develop their business without risking all their personal assets...

3/07/2013 | INQUIRY INTO PREGNANT WOMEN AT WORK What if you go on maternity leave only to be told your job is gone or you are demoted when you return to work? What if you are pregnant and your employer keeps giving you work that requires heavy lifting or standing for long periods...

29/05/2013 | SUPERMAN TRADEMARK BATTLE REVEALS NO SECRET IDENTITY ALLOWED A courtroom battle over a fitness firm’s effort to Trade Mark the words “Superman Workout” has ended with the Man of Steel walloping them good and proper. DC Comics, which has rights to the Superman name, successfully appealed in the...

1/05/2013 | COURT CASE THREATENS HOLIDAY HOME RENTING A court case brought in the NSW Land and Environment Court last week could threaten thousands of people who rent out their investment properties or holiday homes to short term renters. What began as a neighbour dispute over noise in the...

13/02/2013 | CRACKDOWN ON EXPLOITATION OF UNPAID WORK – KNOW YOUR RIGHTS Employers who exploit unpaid workers are facing a crackdown by the Fair Work Ombudsman and face fines up to $51,000. Individuals may be fined up to $10,200. The Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson said last week in a report on unpaid work there...

3/10/2012 | INTERNET SWEEP SIGNALS CRACKDOWN ON WEBSITE BUSINESSES Online businesses are being targeted by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission as part of an international crackdown to make sure they comply with consumer protection laws. The ACCC mounted an Internet sweep on Australian...

22/08/2012 | BUSINESSES GET FACEBOOK WARNING Social media is now mainstream and businesses as well as individuals need to be wary of its legal ramifications. The Advertising Standards Board has ruled that a company’s Facebook page set up to promote its brand or product is an...

20/08/2012 | KEDDIES LOSES NEGLIGENCE APPEAL The Court of Appeal has upheld a judgement in the professional negligence suit against law firm Stacks, echoing the primary judge’s finding that Keddies made “many disturbing departures … from acceptable and proper conduct”...

1/08/2012 | COMPANY DIRECTORS FACE TOUGHER PENALTIES Company directors can be held personally liable for their firm’s unpaid Pay As You Go (PAYG) Taxes as well as unpaid employees’ compulsory superannuation under changes that quietly became law in the last few weeks. You don’t have to be...

28/03/2012 | WHO OWNS YOUR WORK TWEETS? You work hard and build up a good collection of work contacts and clients. In the old days you kept their phone numbers and comments about them in your own little contact book. Nowadays you might build up a public profile...

21/03/2012 | BUSINESS ‘WILLS’ ESSENTIAL FOR SMOOTH TRANSITION You don’t have to be a member of Australia’s richest family to become embroiled in a bitter dispute over what happens to a business when the person who built it dies, retires or can no longer work due to ill health. There can be dire...

13/07/2011 | BUT I DIDN’T SIGN ANYTHING! You might think that because you haven’t signed a formal contract you can’t be held accountable for breaching it. Don’t you have to sign something to be legally bound to an agreement? No. But it’s a mistake many people make...

30/01/2011 | LAND PLAN COMMENT DRAWS LEGAL ACTION The billionaire property developer Bob Ell is suing a Greens councillor for defamation.

3/11/2010 | ARE YOU PREPARED FOR YOUR COMPANY TO FAIL? All businesses run the risk of failure. You can’t always predict what lies ahead; whether the economic climate will change, impacting poorly on your business’ cash flow and overall profitability. Whether that brilliant idea will fail to...

31/08/2010 | BROADBAND LINKS VITAL FOR WORK Broadband technology could decide which party the rural independent MPs will support to form the next government. For Taree professionals like Stacks Law Firm commercial lawyer Megan Grainger, the broadband issue is vital...

21/06/2010 | ENDURING GUARDIANSHIP AND POWER OF ATTORNEY What is an Enduring Guardianship or Power of Attorney and why do I need one? View the online brochure to learn more...

21/06/2010 | FUNDED BUSINESS SUCCESSION AGREEMENTS What is a funded business succession agreement and why would I need one? View the online brochure to learn more...

21/06/2010 | SUPERANNUATION BORROWING RULES Can a self managed super fund take out a loan to acquire an asset? View the online brochure to learn more...

21/06/2010 | WEALTH PROTECTION WILL Why use a Stacks/Wealth Protection will? View the online brochure to learn more...

5/05/2010 | The Doctrine of Frustration We all experience frustration, particularly when things happen that are totally beyond our control. No doubt many people were somewhat frustrated with events arising from the volcanic eruption in Iceland...

13/01/2010 | Post-Christmas financial stress It’s incredibly easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of Christmas spending. Who doesn’t want to play Santa? Surely a new year’s resolution to cut back on spending...

16/12/2009 | Beware the office Christmas party The work Christmas party. Many of us have a story. We’ve all witnessed karaoke performances by inebriated work colleagues who suddenly discover their star potential. While sometimes embarrassing the next day, these incidents are often harmless...

25/11/2009 | Take care with buying a new business For many among us, the desire to own and operate a business – to be your own boss – is a cherished vision and a driving force...

7/10/2009 | Penalty clauses in contracts - are they enforced Most of us know the meaning of a penalty in a sporting context. If a player breaks a rule, the other team gains an advantage. Who could miss the roar of disappointment from....

24/09/2009 | Work Choices Versus Fair Work There is no question that Howard's Work Choices was unpopular.

7/07/2009 | Buying a Franchise Small business remains the powerhouse of the Australian economy, providing the great majority of employment opportunities.

11/02/2009 | Business Insolvency Unfortunately, in today's volatile economic environment in Australia, business insolvency for many people becomes a fact of life.

1/11/2008 | You can't take it with you In this issue of Stacks Wealth Protection Bulletin, we consider some very important fundamental issues concerning wealth protection.


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