Leave accruals continue whilst on Workers’ Compensation

This blog post is courtesy of Hunt & Hunt Lawyers.

A recent decision by the Federal Circuit Court of Australia has now clarified that, in New South Wales at least, employees continue to accrue annual leave when they are absent from work and receiving workers compensation payments.

Section 130 of the Fair Work Act (FWA) provides that an employee is not entitled to take or accrue any leave if the employee is absent from work because of illness or injury for which they are receiving workers compensation payments under a Commonwealth, State or Territory law (Compensation Period), UNLESS permitted by that law to take or accrue any leave during the Compensation Period.

The relevant provision of NSW Workers Compensation Act 1987 (WCA), section 49, does not

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Can a family constitution help your family business thrive?

This blog post courtesy of members Hunt & Hunt Lawyers.

These conversations may be tricky, but talking about the future is crucial for ensuring the family owned business succeeds across generations.

A family constitution can be a valuable tool to assist the owners of medium to large family businesses in discussing and implementing a plan for the future of the business.

WHAT IS A FAMILY CONSTITUTION?

As good as a family business may be, it can only succeed and endure over time if it has a solid foundation of family consensus and buy-in.

Respondents to the KPMG and Family Business Australia Family Business Survey 2013identified “balancing of family and business issues” as their biggest challenge, yet only 16% had a family constitution.

A family constitution is a document which records the family’s values and

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Business After Hours at Hunt & Hunt

Our final Business After Hours for 2012… and fitting that we should hold it at the elegant premises of one of our Foundation Members, Hunt & Hunt Lawyers in Macquarie Park. We were delighted to see plenty of new faces too, invited by fellow members to discover just how good our networking events are.

Around 50 members and guests joined Ian Millar and his team to learn more about Hunt & Hunt’s services. Partner Mark Byers outlined the firm’s services: everything you would expect from your local law firm, with specialists in property and family law, but with a national presence. Fourteen lawyers and two counsel work out of the Macquarie Park offices, and can help with all your legal needs. 

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