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DEFAMATION: Watch out for Trolls!

Fairfax Media Publications; Nationwide News Pty Ltd; Australian News Channel Pty Ltd v Voller [2020] NSWCA 102 In a decision on Monday, 1 June 2020, the NSW Court of Appeal held that news outlets were liable as “publishers” for readers’ Facebook comments partially because they “encouraged and facilitated” comments by setting up public Facebook pages.

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COVID-19: Commercial Lease Regulations (QLD)

Commercial Lease Regulations – Mitigating the effects of COVID-19 for affected leases. As a result of public health directions in response to COVID-19, many businesses have either experienced a large loss in profits or have been forced to change its daily operation. Practically, this affected many businesses in being able to meet its leasing obligations.

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America’s Got Talent and the Golden Thread

On Sunday morning, while scrolling along my social media newsfeed, I came across one of those inspirational, uplifting (and often yes, I concede, sappy) America’s Got Talent Audition videos.   This audition video centred around a 45 year old man African American man named Archie Williams who, in 1983 was incarcerated for the rape and murder of a 32-year-old woman in the State of Louisiana.   

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What is Family Law Arbitration and how does it work?

The Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia have recently introduced the National Arbitration List, where family law matters in the Courts will be sent to an external Arbitrator to be finalised. This is good news for parties in the Court system, as preparation for and attendance at an arbitration can often

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Re-opening, Contact Tracing and Your Business (as at 27 May 2020)

As Queensland (and the rest of Australia) look to take steps in lifting Covid-19 restrictions, contact tracing is a requirement that many businesses will need to grapple with.   What is contact tracing and its purpose?  Contact tracing is a process commonly used to trace the spread of an infectious disease throughout a community. It serves two primary purposes:

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‘Casual chaos’ – Federal Court redefines ‘casual’ employee – the implications for business owners with a casual workforce

Case: WorkPac Pty Ltd v Rossato [2020] FCAFC 84 (‘Rossato’)  Date of judgement: 20 May 2020  Background  The engagement of casual employees has been a hot topic in the employment sector during recent years.  A recent decision of the Full Federal Court leaves employers with a casual workforce open to substantial risk of claims being made by their casual staff for backpay of entitlements and seeking future entitlements previously available only to permanent staff.   On 20 May 2020, the Full Federal Court handed

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