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Shared Responsibility;  Accountant and Payroll Firm found jointly responsible for underpayments
3 weeks 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
3 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
5 months 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
6 months 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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Herbert Smith Freehills, United Petroleum head to mediation
6 months ago

Herbert Smith Freehills, United Petroleum head to mediation

A multi-million dollar fight between top tier law firm Herbert Smith Freehills and its former client United Petroleum will go back to court next Monday after the law firm and the …
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Fuel industry strongly questions objectivity of ACCC analysis of national fuel market
7 months ago

Fuel industry strongly questions objectivity of ACCC analysis of national fuel market

The peak representative body representing service station operators in Australia has responded angrily to the ACCC’s December 2017 Quarterly Report on the Australian Petroleum Market, seriously questioning the objectivity of …
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FURTHER PETROL PRICING PROBE PLANNED IN NZ
10 months ago

FURTHER PETROL PRICING PROBE PLANNED IN NZ

Earlier this year, the New Zealand Energy Minister (then the Hon Judith Collins MP) commissioned an investigation into retail petrol prices around NZ.  The investigation team reported mid-year, concluding that …
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