Cohen Legal Blog

Choosing Your Business Structure

When starting your business, it’s important to consider the right structure for it. Your choice of structure will depend on many factors, including the size and type of business, your personal circumstances and business goals.  There are four main types of business structures in Australia: Sole trader Company Partnership Trust. Each structure provides different: Tax […]

Fair Work Commission – Annual Award Increases

Following its annual review, the Fair Work Commission recently announced a 1.75% increase to minimum wages.  In previous years, wage increases applied from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July. Having considered the significant impact caused by the pandemic in some industries, the Commission has opted to stagger the wage increases […]

Litigation – What is it?

Litigation is the area of law when things get a bit hairy – you or your business are in a dispute about contractual breaches, unpaid monies and other issues. Essentially, you’re heading into a legal fight and it’s stressful and complicated. You need a legal partner to help you navigate the legal vortex. Seek help […]

A Code of Conduct for Commercial Tenancies

The Queensland government has finally introduced regulations under the Covid-19 Emergency Response Act 2020 giving effect to the National Cabinet Mandatory Code of Conduct for commercial leases. A lease is considered to be an affected lease if: it is a retail shop lease or a lease for carrying on the business of the tenant; it […]

New Ruling: What Constitutes a Casual Worker

The Federal Court of Australia handed down a new ruling yesterday in WorkPac v Rossato redefining what constitutes a casual employee. Effectively, your regular rostered casual workers may not be casual workers at all and may be entitled to certain leave entitlements. The Federal Government has indicated that it is open to legislative amendments to […]

Building and Construction Law Basics – Part 4 – Adjudication

Adjudication is a dispute resolution process to help resolve disagreements about progress payments and money owed.

Partnership Agreements: An important step in securing your business

Establishing a partnership type business is a good way for two to a small group of business partners to start a small to medium sized business. As we’ve already covered, partnerships are good businesses because they usually are cheap to set up, easy to maintain with minimal regulatory requirements and can be transformed into a registered corporation with little issue (though with some cost) if you feel the need to transfer structures.

The importance of well drafted employment contracts

The need for well drafted employment contracts and policies is vital as these documents set out the framework in which the employment relationship is regulated. A well drafted employment contract: sets clear obligations and expectations on the employee so if that employee fails to meet the terms and conditions of employment the employer can rely […]

The importance of registering a business name

So, you’re a new startup company. It’s an exciting new chapter. After months of toing and froing you’ve finally found the perfect name for your business. What next? Read on and we’ll tell you why it’s important to register your business name. Reason 1: Mandatory requirement It’s a legal requirement in Australia to register the […]

Building & Construction Law Basics – Part 3 – Reference Date

Welcome to part 3 of our series of articles discussing the basics of the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 (Qld)(BIFA).  So far in this series we’ve covered: Payment claims; and Payment schedules. If you’ve missed these articles, be sure to read them here. What is a reference date? It’s a date stated […]