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COVID-19: Resources for Businesses

COVID-19: Resources for Businesses

The COVID-19 pandemic presents a range of legal issues for businesses. Browse our dedicated resources page for documents, guides and business updates.

30th March 2020
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The COVID-19 pandemic has left businesses with many questions and also hard choices to make. New announcements everyday mean that it can be hard to know what to do next, and further, how to plan for the coming months. Here we’ve provided a list of free resources, covering areas such as workplace policies, employment and Government responses.

Lawpath legal documents

Customise and download our legal documents that can help your business in the current climate – your first document is also free.

Our free eSignature tool will also allow you to sign these documents online and send them to others for signing. You can also upload your own PDF documents to be eSigned for free.

Webinars

We’ve been running a series of webinars which cover COVID-19 and the issues businesses are facing. In these webinars, lawyer Damin Murdock explains some of the key legal issues and also explores what options are available. You can check them out at these links:

You can access the slides from our webinar on 2 April by following this link. The slides from the webinar on 9 April 2020 are available here.

Businesses generally

Employment

Government shutdowns and the economic downturn has left many businesses in a difficult position when it comes to their employees. In order to comply with social distancing rules, you may need to transition to working remotely. By contrast, if your business operates in the hospitality sector, you might not know whether you should stand down or terminate your employees.

General

Work arrangements & tax

Terminating or standing down employees

Leave entitlements

Legal and justice issues

Consumer rights

Consumers rights still apply in the current climate. It’s important in any event that businesses still comply with their obligations under the ACCC. Find out what you’re entitled to and also when businesses can refuse to give you a refund.

Legislative changes

A raft of new laws have come into effect since the outbreak of COVID-19. We will aim to provide you with the most up-to-date information possible, however these policies are constantly changing. Mostly geared towards businesses, these changes aim to help business owners stay afloat during this time.

Federal Government

For more information on how the Government can help you, visit the Government’s Coronavirus hub at www.australia.gov.au.

JobKeeper Eligibility Tool

We’ve created a tool that will help determine whether your business is likely to be eligible for the government’s JobKeeper payment. All you have to do is answer a short set of simplified questions.

JobKeeper Eligibility Tool

Take the test and find out whether your business may be eligible now.

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Finally

We’re to help businesses navigate the legal side of things, in any circumstance. Whatever position you’re in – if you’ve been forced to shutdown or need to alter how your business operates, being as organised as you can be is key. If you have further questions relating to new Government rules, it may be worth getting in touch with a business lawyer.

Don’t know where to start?
Contact a Lawpath consultant on 1800 529 728 to learn more about customising legal documents and obtaining a fixed-fee quote from Australia’s largest legal marketplace.

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Jackie Olling

Jackie is the Content Manager at Lawpath and manages the content team. She has a Law/Arts (Politics) degree from Macquarie University and is an admitted solicitor in the Supreme Court of NSW. She's interested in how technology can help shape the future legal landscape.