Virtual Meetings & e-Signing: Bringing the Corporations Act into the 21st Century

Australian businesses have no-doubt benefited from the convenience afforded by temporary changes to the Corporations Act allowing virtual meetings and e-signing of documents during the pandemic. Unfortunately, these temporary measures are set to expire in March 2021 (unless they are extended). A recent submission to Treasury by the Governance Institute of Australian (GIA) has argued that [...]

2020-11-25T23:22:45+00:00November 5th, 2020|Business Advice, Corporate Advisory|Comments Off on Virtual Meetings & e-Signing: Bringing the Corporations Act into the 21st Century

The impending lift of COVID-19 insolvency relief – where to from here?

The Australian government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic incorporated several changes to insolvency legislation. In short, financially distressed businesses were given temporary relief with increases to the threshold at which creditors can issue a statutory demand (along with a significant extension of time to respond to a statutory demand), as well as relief from directors’ [...]

2020-08-30T23:51:11+00:00August 30th, 2020|Business Advice, Compliance, Corporate Advisory|Comments Off on The impending lift of COVID-19 insolvency relief – where to from here?

Board meetings in pyjamas: Tips for conducting digital board meetings while working remotely

Working from home presents a wide variety of challenges for business owners and directors, particularly when decision making requires a number of directors to come together. In dynamic and evolving commercial landscapes such as that being faced presently, ensuring you have an effective and efficient mode of progressing board decision making is essential. The Australian [...]

2020-05-12T04:17:53+00:00April 22nd, 2020|Business Advice, Business Partnerships, Compliance, Corporate Advisory, Data Protection, Dispute Resolution|Comments Off on Board meetings in pyjamas: Tips for conducting digital board meetings while working remotely

Whistleblower Policies Must be in Place by 1 January 2020

As part of the whistleblower protections introduced into the Corporations Act from 1 July 2019, public companies, large proprietary companies, and corporate trustees of APRA-regulated superannuation entities must have a compliant whistleblower policy from 1 January 2020.  Among other things, the whistleblower policy must include information about the legal protections available to whistleblowers, and how [...]

2020-05-12T04:21:26+00:00January 8th, 2020|Business Advice, Compliance, Corporate Advisory|Comments Off on Whistleblower Policies Must be in Place by 1 January 2020