Insights Sectors: Childcare

May 3, 2017

INSIGHT: Family Day Care Law: avoiding breaches of the National Law and Regulations

Meridian Lawyers acts for a wide range of childcare providers including family day care services who may on occasion need to respond to a complaint or regulatory investigation concerning compliance with the Education and Care Services National Law and Regulations (‘National Law’). The National Law was enacted with specific objectives including to: ensure the safety, […]

Feb 21, 2017

INSIGHT: Trends in business sales and purchases: assignment of leases

During 2016 Meridian Lawyers acted for many clients in the successful sale or purchase of a wide variety of businesses from child care businesses to dental practices, pharmacies and fitness businesses, to wineries. Where a business occupies premises under a lease, the lessor may not always be pleased to learn that their tried and trusted […]

Dec 7, 2016

INSIGHT: Are you selling a child care business?

Whether you have negotiated the sale of your child care business yourself or through a business broker, you will need a solicitor with child care experience to prepare and negotiate the contract of sale, and manage the transaction through to completion on your behalf. The legal process can be broken down into six distinct stages […]

Dec 7, 2016

INSIGHT: What to do if your service approval has been suspended or cancelled

A recent trend shows an increasing number of child care services receiving “show cause” notices under the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 (the ‘Family Assistance Law’). The Department of Education and Training (DET) undertakes detailed investigations of claims made by services through the Child Care Management System (CCMS), and cross checks […]

Jun 15, 2016

INSIGHT: Tackling tardiness

Do you have an employee who is regularly late for work?  A one-off is excusable but how should you deal with an employee who is habitually late? A child care centre is a business that depends on the reliability of its employees.  Strict ratios must be maintained at all times and having unreliable employees can […]

May 18, 2016

INSIGHT: Doing the right thing: complying with Family Assistance Law for family day care

In December 2015, the Australian Federal Police reported the arrest of six people and restraint of assets worth $1.1 million in connection with alleged fraudulent conduct by family day care providers. Family day care operators who are approved for the purposes of child care benefit and child care rebate (‘CCB Approval’) are subject to regulation […]

May 3, 2014

INSIGHT: The cost of doing business: an open and shut case for a child care centre

A case with a fortunate outcome highlights the need for child care operators to be vigilant in actioning issues identified for maintenance, which potentially impact on safety. This case also confirms the importance of clear and open communication. The facts In this case a parent inadvertently left an entrance gate open at a child care […]

Apr 2, 2012

INSIGHT: Infectious diseases & child care: what about staff members?

Risk Management Update: In a service industry so focused on the care and wellbeing of children, it is easy for operators of child care centres to forget about the duty of care owed to staff. This update is intended to remind child care centre operators of the duty of care owed to their workers. While […]

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