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Hynes Legal listed in Best Lawyers List for 2017/1807 Apr

Hynes Legal is proud to announce that three of the firm’s team members have, once again, featured in The Best Lawyers in Australia for 2017/18.

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WA Coroner makes recommendations regarding home care09 Mar

The WA Coroner has released a report following an inquest into the death of care of a home care recipient.

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FWC Penalty Rate Decision – Limited Impact for Aged Care Providers 23 Feb

In a landmark decision the Fair Work Commission today ruled that existing Sunday penalty rates in Hospitality and Retail Awards no longer achieve modern award objectives and do not provide a fair and relevant safety net.

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Mandatory Data Breach Reporting22 Feb

On Monday 13 February 2017, the Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Bill 2016 (the Bill) was passed by both houses and is now awaiting Royal Assent.

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Eyewitness account was not sufficient proof of elder abuse 20 Sep

The Fair Work Commission has found that an aged care provider unfairly dismissed a personal carer when it erroneously relied upon an “eyewitness’” to substantiate an allegation of elder abuse.

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The dead hand of government in aged care reform 13 Sep

Australia's aged care sector has endured a week to forget, when a loose piece of guidance from the Department of Health sparked off a sales frenzy from investors.

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FWO cracking down on employment conditions in the aged care and disability service industries – it's time to get your house in order!12 Sep

In November 2015 the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) commenced an audit campaign in the health care and social assistance industry (one of Australia’s largest employing industries).

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Brisbane City Council announces policies to promote aged care and retirement development31 Aug

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has announced several planning policies aimed at encouraging aged care and retirement living development in Brisbane City Council. Details of the announcement can be found here.

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Recent Coroner's decision emphasises need to ensure Falls Policies are updated18 Aug

The Department of Health (Department) has released an Industry Feedback Alert in response to the South Australian Coroner’s recommendations regarding aged care residents on anticoagulant therapy and falls resulting in head injuries.

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Capital refurbishment fees/ asset replacement fees/ administration fees/ room reinstatement fees - maximising revenue within the confines of the legislation26 Jul

With changes to ACFI, providers are increasingly looking to novel fee structures and the additional services framework to find ways to maximise revenue.

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