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On 2 April 2014, the Minister for Small Business, Bruce Billson, announced the Federal Government’s intention to proceed with changes to the Franchising Code of Conduct foreshadowed last year under the previous government.
The Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) requires organisations that collect, use, and disclose personal information and sensitive information about individuals, to do so in accordance with the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs). The APPs came into effect on 12 March 2014 and require organisations to implement procedures and systems to ensure they are compliant with the minimum standards.
The Coalition’s election victory will see a number of changes to key employment and industrial relations policies and issues. The Coalition has proposed limited changes to Labor’s Fair Work framework in its first term. In its publication “The Coalition’s Policy to Improve the Fair Work Laws” published in May 2013, the Coalition set out a number of IR policies it will seek to implement.
The evolving world of social media provides employees with multiple platforms to have a voice online. Unfortunately, this can include employees publishing opinions and other content that are potentially harmful to their employers and/or other staff. For this reason it is very important for all employers to have a social media policy in force to protect against reputational damage and to allow for taking appropriate action for breaches of the policy by employees.