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Welcome to the February edition of our Corporate and Commercial Briefly.

>   Program out now!
>   Another successful year in Doyle’s Guide
>   Employment – The fine line between casual and part-time employment
>   Estate planning - Binding death nominations
>   Employment and Industrial Relations – 2016: a good old-fashioned IR election year

Program out now!

Following our highly successful industrial relations conference in 2015, the Norman Waterhouse Employment and Industrial Relations Team invites you to join them again for a full day of in-depth and interactive analysis of workplace issues on the 1st of April 2016.

View the program here

Register here


Another successful year in Doyle’s Guide

Once again, we have seen a number of our practitioners acknowledged in the Doyle’s Guide as leaders in their fields. The following practitioners and their teams have been featured in the 2016 listings.

Planning & Environment

For the third year running, Gavin Leydon is acknowledged as a preeminent practitioner, along with Peter Psaltis and Claire Ryan featured as Leading and Recommended practitioners.  Norman Waterhouse have again been named as the leading local government focused Planning & Environment law firm in South Australia.

Employment & Industrial Relations

For a fifth consecutive year, Sathish Dasan has been recognised as a Leading practitioner in this area, and Lincoln Smith has again been individually Recommended. The firm has also made the list, ranked as one of the State’s leading Employment & Industrial Relations firms.

Workplace Health & Safety

Sathish Dasan once again comes individually Recommended amongst leading practitioners within the State, along with the firm also being Recommended in this category. 

Property & Real Estate

Michael Ryan is individually Recommended within this category and Norman Waterhouse have also been Recommended as one of the leading Property & Real Estate firms in South Australia.

We would like to congratulate all practitioners and their teams on their outstanding achievements, for more details on each of these listings, visit doylesguide.com.


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Employment – The fine line between casual and part-time employment

Is that employee of yours really a ‘casual’ employee? The answer to this question is not always clear—particularly in the absence of a written contract of employment. An interesting recent case in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia has illustrated general legal principles of ‘casual’ employment, as well as the importance of recording agreed terms of employment in writing.  The principles and lessons of this case are applicable to all employers across Australia, in both State and Federal industrial relations regimes.

In the case of Newcombe v Amrou Metawa Pty Ltd [2016] FCCA 89 (Amrou) Judge Altobelli of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia confirmed that an employee could still be considered a casual employee, even if their work pattern is regular and systematic.

Click here to read more.



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Estate planning - Binding death nominations

Your superannuation is likely to be your most valuable asset. However, you may not be aware that your superannuation does not automatically form part of your estate. The trustee of your superannuation fund dictates which one or more of your dependants is entitled to receive your superannuation upon your death. 

What is a death benefit nomination?

Unless you have signed a death benefit nomination you cannot dictate where you would like to distribute your superannuation and it will be up to the trustee. A death benefit nomination is a notice that you may give to the trustee requesting your superannuation to be paid to either your estate or one of your specified dependants. 

Click here to read more.



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Employment and Industrial Relations – 2016: a good old-fashioned IR election year

The industrial relations battleground will be central to this year’s Federal election.

In this article, we provide a general overview of those matters which will shape the industrial relations policies, arguments, lobbying, opinions and promises in the lead up to the 2016 election.

Timing of the election – an industrial relations-based double dissolution?

Even the manner in which the election will be called may be based upon industrial relations policy matters.

Click here to read more.



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