Brett Feltham

Brett Feltham

DLA Piper

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Australian employee share schemes - A timely reminder

Companies who provide their Australian based employees the opportunity to participate in an employee share scheme (ESS) have to meet mandatory reporting obligations to both those employees and to the Australian Taxation...more

7/5/2016 - Australia Australian Tax Authority Employee Share Schemes Reporting Requirements

Status update: How to have a strong and effective social media policy

The starting point for all employers should be to have in place a strong and effective social media policy. That social media policy should be clear on the permitted and prohibited uses of social media, both during and...more

2/18/2016 - Australia Best Management Practices Employment Policies Popular Social Media Policy

Productivity Commission Recommends Sweeping Changes to Australia's Workplace Relations System

The Productivity Commission has now handed down its final report on Australia's workplace relations framework, with the report being publicly released by the Federal Government on 21 December 2015. We have reviewed the...more

1/11/2016 - Enterprise Agreements Fair Work Commission Hiring & Firing Wage and Hour

Senate Passes "Circuit-Breaker" Greenfields Negotiations Amendments

The Senate yesterday passed amendments to the Fair Work Amendment Bill 2014 (Bill) that, if accepted by the Government in the House of Representatives, will establish a new process for negotiating single-enterprise...more

10/14/2015 - Amended Legislation Australia Construction Industry Contract Negotiations Enterprise Agreements Fair Work Act Financing Project Finance Unions

First Formal Bullying Finding Highlights Scope of Potential Orders

The Fair Work Commission has handed down the first formal bullying decision since its anti-bullying jurisdiction commenced in January 2014. Factual background: The recent decision of C.F. [2015] FWC 5272 (5...more

8/11/2015 - Australia Best Practices Bullying Employer Liability Issues Fair Work Commission Managers Workplace Bullying Workplace Injury

Offering Employee Equity Has Become Much Easier for Australian Start-Ups

From 1 July 2015 the way in which options granted by any company to its employees in Australia will be taxed has changed, but the main winners under the new tax rules are those Australian companies that qualify for the...more

7/27/2015 - Australia Benefit Plan Sponsors Business Valuations Employee Share Schemes Employee Shareholders Entrepreneurs Popular Startups

Australian Employee Share Schemes - More options to share...

From tomorrow, the way in which new employee share scheme awards will be taxed in Australia has changed and for the better. Following on from recent changes to assist companies to meet their corporate compliance obligations,...more

6/30/2015 - Australia Employee Share Schemes Multinationals

Employment Update: Federal Budget 2015 Changes To The Paid Parental Leave Scheme

The Federal Government has announced as part of the Federal Budget radical changes to the interplay between the current government funded parental leave scheme and any similar paid schemes operated by employers. Under...more

5/19/2015 - Australia Employee Rights Federal Budget Paid Leave Parental Leave

Australian Employment Contracts And What Terms Will Now Be Implied After Barker

The long awaited High Court of Australia decision in Commonwealth of Australia v Barker held that a duty of mutual trust and confidence is not implied into Australian contracts of employment... Many commentators...more

5/6/2015 - Australia Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing Employment Contract Redundancy Payments Severance Agreements

Draft legislation released covering changes to the employee share scheme tax regime

The Australian Government has today introduced the draft Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (Employee Share Schemes) Bill 2015 containing measures designed to ease the tax impost for employee shares schemes, to make...more

3/27/2015 - Australia Capital Gains Concession Agreements Employee Share Schemes Employee Shareholders Income Taxes International Labor Laws Startups Tax Incentives

Australian Tax Update: Changes To The Employee Share Scheme Tax Regime

The Government has released exposure draft legislation in relation to measures designed to soften the tax treatment of employee shares schemes ("ESS"). The proposed changes were announced by the Government in October 2014 and...more

1/28/2015 - Australia Employee Shareholders Proposed Legislation

Australian government commits to reform tax treatment of employee stock awards: 5 takeaways for US-based companies

The Australian government has committed to reform the tax treatment of employee stock awards as part of its Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda, in an effort to retain top talent and boost entrepreneurship in...more

10/29/2014 - Australia Employee Benefits Employee Stock Purchase Plans ESOP Incentive Stock Options Startups Stock Options Tax Reform

Employee Share Scheme Rules Overhaul


10/23/2014 - Australia Employee Shareholders Income Taxes Stocks

So What May Changes To The Employee Share Scheme Landscape Look Like?

In our recent article from 4 August 2014 we noted the building momentum for the Federal Government to change the laws which currently apply to Australian employee share schemes. Recently a mainstream media publications...more

10/7/2014 - Australia Incentives Profit Sharing Stock Options

Implied Duties In An Employment Context – What May We Be Able To Learn From The UK Experience?

Earlier this month, the High Court of Australia delivered its ruling in the landmark case of Commonwealth Bank of Australia v Barker. In that ruling Australia's highest court decided that the duty of mutual trust and...more

9/26/2014 - Australia Duty of Care UK

Winds Of Change Sweeping Through The Employee Share Scheme Landscape

There is building momentum for the Federal Government to change laws which currently apply to employees share schemes to counter the problems arising from previous changes made in 2009, and as a result, to increase the level...more

8/5/2014 - Australia Employee Stock Purchase Plans Innovation Legislative Agendas Research and Development

Employee Danger Zone: An Overview of Employer's Considerations when Disaster Strikes

The shocking news of recent airline disasters brings into sharp focus for employers the sometimes unforeseeable risks facing employees who frequently travel for work. In today's world, the ability to dispatch the right...more

7/28/2014 - Airlines Corporate Counsel Employer Liability Issues Risk Assessment Risk Management Traveling Employee

Are you prepared for the new workplace gender equality requirements?

If your organisation has 100 or more employees, unless it is a public sector employer, it will have annual gender reporting obligations to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (Agency) under the Workplace Gender Equality Act...more

7/1/2014 - Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues Reporting Requirements Workplace Gender Equality Act

Managing World Cup Fever

The 2014 World Cup is upon us, with the first game having kicked off in Brazil on 12 June 2014. But what is a high water mark of sports events for fans can be the source of many headaches for employers, who need to be careful...more


Paid Parental Leave - Government Confirms Commitment TO PPL Changes From 1 July 2015

On 13 May 2014 the Federal Government confirmed its election promise made in May 2013 to introduce a new paid parental leave (PPL) scheme from 1 July 2015. However, the much publicised income threshold for maximum...more

5/16/2014 - Australia Employee Rights Paid Leave Parental Leave

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