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Rolf Howard

Rolf is managing partner of Owen Hodge Lawyers. He has been in the legal practice since 1986 and a partner of Owen Hodge Lawyers since 1992. Rolf focuses on assisting clients to proactively manage legal responsibilities and opportunities to achieve competitive advantage. Rolf concentrates on business planning and formation, directors’ duties, corporate governance, fundraising and business succession. His major interest is to assist business owners and their financial advisers plan and implement strategies to build and exit from successful businesses.

From the author

vaccine, vaccination

Can employers force employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

Employers need to balance their responsibility to look after their employees' health and respecting their individual rig...
stress leave

What is stress leave and when are your employees entitled to it?

While workplace stress is not an official category for leave from ones’ employment, it is widely accepted as a form of i...
Subcontractors, ACCC

Do contractors have the same rights as employees?

With more and more SMEs hiring contractors for various jobs, it's vital to know the rights and privileges they are entit...
HR, lead, JobKeeper, human skills

Can older staff be made redundant to make room for staff eligible for JobMaker?

The JobMaker Hiring Credit provides monetary incentives to businesses to hire people currently on JobSeeker aged between...

As an employer, do your employment contracts protect you?

Although employment contracts can be in either written or verbal form, verbal agreements may be difficult to prove shoul...
contracts

The four legal stages of successfully buying a business

Buying an existing business may be exciting but it also requires careful planning and the need to understand the legalit...
reforms, spiral

What do the temporary changes to insolvency laws mean for your business?

Amended insolvency laws mean SME owners will now be allowed more time and leniency to repay their debts before having to...

How to negotiate the sale of your business during COVID-19

A strong customer base, consistent profits and a positive brand image help attract potential buyers when it comes to the...
insolvencies, insolvency

My debtor has gone into liquidation, will I be paid?

With the threat liquidation rising due to the pandemic, you need to know if - and how - you can recover debts from faile...
bankrupt, suppliers, small businesses

What happens if my supplier goes out of business…?

Suppliers going out of business is likely to be a more common occurrence in these tough times - how would your small bus...