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“Fairness in Franchising” report – Key recommendations for reform
4 months ago

“Fairness in Franchising” report – Key recommendations for reform

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services (Committee) tabled its Report referred to as the “Fairness in Franchising” Report (Report) on 14 March 2019.

The Report is extensive …
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Criminalisation of wage theft likely to backfire, say experts
7 months ago

Criminalisation of wage theft likely to backfire, say experts

Labor party proposals to criminalise wage theft in Victoria and NSW are under question, with research warning the strategy might be unconstitutional.

In their research paper, Melissa Kennedy and John …
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You, market competition and the Law
8 months ago

You, market competition and the Law

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Given the level of continuous scrutiny of the Australian fuel market, a good knowledge of the Australian Competition and Consumer Act (2010) – which is commonly referred to as Australian …
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Shared Responsibility;  Accountant and Payroll Firm found jointly responsible for underpayments
11 months ago

Shared Responsibility; Accountant and Payroll Firm found jointly responsible for underpayments

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In a recent landmark decision the full Federal Court has applied penalties to a qualified accounting and payroll firm for its role in the underpayment of staff at a restaurant …
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Fair Work explains Reasonable Measures for franchise arrangements
1 year ago

Fair Work explains Reasonable Measures for franchise arrangements

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It is incumbent on businesses to ensure that they are complying with employment laws, but also that those businesses they partner with in a franchise or similar arrangement are also …
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Pressure mounts on federal Labor to pledge to criminalise wage theft
1 year ago

Pressure mounts on federal Labor to pledge to criminalise wage theft

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Federal Labor is facing mounting pressure to commit to tougher laws against wage theft and to regulate the on-demand economy to ensure workers get fair pay and conditions.

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Franchising Inquiry, ACAPMA Submission
1 year ago

Franchising Inquiry, ACAPMA Submission

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The Parliamentary Committee (Corporations and Financial Services) inquiry into the operation and effectiveness of the Franchising Code of Conduct is well underway.  The Inquiry includes a review of the Oil …
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Roadhouse manager fined $20,000 in legal first for Fair Work Ombudsman
1 year ago

Roadhouse manager fined $20,000 in legal first for Fair Work Ombudsman

THE former manager of a Great Western Highway roadhouse near Lithgow has been fined almost $20,000 for failing to pay government-funded parental leave to an employee.

The Fair Work Ombudsman …
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Compliance, navigating the minefield
1 year ago

Compliance, navigating the minefield

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Getting compliance right in the complex Australian system is difficult, especially so for small businesses.  It is easy for small business operators to become so focused on the success of …
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2018 Senate inquiry into the Franchising Code of Conduct and Oil Code
1 year ago

2018 Senate inquiry into the Franchising Code of Conduct and Oil Code

On 22 March 2018 the Senate passed a motion made by Senator John Williams to refer a matter to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services (Joint Committee) for inquiry …
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