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Airbnb: The Intricacies of Insurance

Airbnb Insurance: Are You Covered?

Just last month, a fatal accident at an Airbnb on the Sunshine Coast called into question the liability of Airbnb hosts in the context of emergency situations involving guests.

On the basis that listing a property with Airbnb effectively classifies the property as a business, there are a variety of regulatory, insurance and workplace health and safety considerations that should be taken into consideration by hosts and consumers alike.

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Enduring Powers Of Attorney And Binding Death Benefit Nominations

Within the legal profession, a question has often been asked that has had no clear answer – can an Enduring Power of Attorney extend a binding death benefit nomination for an incapacitated principal?  In a recent decision of the Supreme Court of Queensland in Re Narumon Pty Ltd [2018] QSC 185, this question was recently considered and a clear decision handed down. Continue reading Enduring Powers Of Attorney And Binding Death Benefit Nominations

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New Queensland Combustible Cladding Law – Call for Bodies Corporate

In recent years, many buildings around the world have suffered damage because of fires relating to their combustible cladding, such as the Water Club USA in 2007, the Roubaix Residential Tower France in 2012; the Torch Tower Dubai in 2015; and (most notably) the Grenfell Tower London in 2017.

As a result, regulators have been increasingly concerned about cladding and the effect it might have on fire safety within buildings. Continue reading New Queensland Combustible Cladding Law – Call for Bodies Corporate

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Airbnb On The Gold Coast: The Home-Based Business Exception

An increasing number of Gold Coast locals using sharing-economy accommodation giant Airbnb have approached ABKJ Lawyers with concerns regarding their liability under Gold Coast local law. Many of them have approached us following receipt of a Show Cause Notice from the Gold Coast City Council – a document which, in most circumstances – effectively requires them to immediately cease their Airbnb operation or face severe financial penalties (on the basis that the correct planning approvals have not been obtained).
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Labour hire licensing: are you affected?

The Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017 (Qld) (‘the Act’), which was passed in late 2017, came into effect in April this year. The Act imposes strict licensing requirements on various parties to labour hire services in Queensland. According to Labour Hire Licensing Queensland, ‘the scheme aims to protect labour hire workers from exploitation, and ensure rights are upheld.’

Labour hire providers; or those parties who provide labour hire services to other parties, are subject to a mandatory licensing scheme and face severe penalties under the new legislation for non-compliance. Continue reading Labour hire licensing: are you affected?

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Are You At Risk of Sham Contracting?

Online food delivery competitor Foodora has been accused of sham contracting its own employees and now faces legal action launched by Australia’s Fair Work Ombudsman.

As business opportunities increase in Australia more employers turn to flexible and intuitive ways to cut costs and maximise profits, which can sometimes lead to cutting corners and the underpayment of employees. It is important for an employer to enter into valid employment contracts with its employees, as it will assist them in avoiding the risk of being accused of sham contracting.

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Spousal Maintenance – What To Expect

The breakdown of a marriage is almost always an emotionally taxing experience for both partners. While there is the emotion and stress that is usually at the forefront of a separation, there are a multitude of other factors that need to be considered during the process. Often, the first issue that needs to be addressed when a long-term relationship deteriorates is how the shared assets of the couple are to be divided. Continue reading Spousal Maintenance – What To Expect

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Received a lot of annoying emails lately? Here’s why that’s a good thing.

Phones the country over can be heard buzzing as emails filter through at an almost constant rate. Websites are reaching out to remind people to ‘stay in touch’ or ‘let them know that you want to hear more’.

The reason for this sudden burst of contact from online service providers and websites is not merely a meaningless reminder of their existence, but actually a result of new and strict privacy laws implemented recently in Europe. These laws have been introduced under the EU General Protection Data Regulation (GDPR). Continue reading Received a lot of annoying emails lately? Here’s why that’s a good thing.

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Airbnb & The Law On The Gold Coast

Launched in 2008, San Francisco-based hospitality marketplace Airbnb is presenting uniquely modern hurdles for regulatory systems ill-prepared for sharing economy services. The website, which allows lot owners to rent out their spaces; whether a whole apartment in Surfers Paradise, a treehouse in the Currumbin Valley, or a bedroom in Robina, has proven to be a popular alternative to traditional models of accommodation. Continue reading Airbnb & The Law On The Gold Coast