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New Legislation – Unfair Contract Protections Extended

10 November 2015 - Competition & Consumer Law, Legal Updates

On the 20th of October 2015, legislation was passed which will make void, ‘unfair terms’ in ‘standard form contracts’ where at least one party is a ‘small business’ and the ‘upfront price payable’ is less than a threshold amount.

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Employers Granted More Power in Controlling Leave Balances

6 October 2015 - Human Resources Law, Legal Updates

The Fair Work Commission has ruled that employers can now direct award covered employees to take annual leave if they have accrued excessive leave balances.

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Take Control of Your Future – New Powers of Attorney Act

29 September 2015 - Estate & Succession Planning, Legal Updates

Are you prepared for your future? Have you thought about who will make decisions for you when you cannot make them? A power of attorney is an important tool that enables you to appoint individuals to make decisions about your wellbeing when you cannot make them yourself. As a result of a recent change in law there are now three forms of powers of attorney available in Victoria. Which power of attorney is appropriate for you?

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Labour hire and redundancy – what are your obligations?

22 September 2015 - Human Resources Law, Legal Updates

In a decision that sheds light on labour hire employers’ redundancy obligations in circumstances of ‘ordinary and customary turnover of labour’, the Fair Work Commission has dismissed a labour hire company’s attempt to circumvent its severance obligations.

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‘Not guilty’ finding for company “officer” charged under harmonised WHS laws

8 September 2015 - Legal Updates, Workplace Safety

A project manager under the harmonised Work Health and Safety Act has escaped a conviction after the Court found he lacked the requisite authority. While the harmonised legislation does not apply in Victoria, this case provides an illustrative example for company directors as to what the Courts may look for in determining if they are personally liable.

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