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All participants – owners, contractors, subcontractors, building professionals and suppliers – in the building and construction industry need to be aware of their rights and obligations under security of payment legislation in preparing or responding to a progress claim on a building job. Disregarding your entitlements or potential exposure could prove to be an expensive exercise.
We regularly see costly and frustrating legal issues and disputes happening due to the absence of Terms and Conditions of Trade for the supply of goods or services (‘TCs’), or use of inadequate TCs. Having TCs specifically prepared for a business or organisation is a fundamental way to establish the nature of your contract and manage key risks with customers and suppliers.
Our seminar series for 2015 has been scheduled. We invite you and your colleagues to join us for some or all of these informative, interactive workshops. These 1.5 hour sessions are offered at no charge and are held at our offices at Level 11, Como Office Tower, 644 Chapel Street, South Yarra.
Everyone prefers to buy Australian made. Whether products or services, customers feel purchasing Australian means quality and support for local industry. Businesses using the Australian badge need to ensure that they’re not misleading their customers and are complying with the legal requirements relating to country of origin claims to avoid potentially hefty fines.
Earlier this month the first of the changes necessary to pave the way for further amendments to the Franchising Code of Conduct being declared was passed in the Senate. These changes will provide the ACCC with increased powers to enforce compliance including by way of imposing pecuniary penalties for contraventions of relevant industry codes such as the Franchising Code of Conduct. With the full raft of changes to the Code expected to be announced next month and which are to come into effect from the beginning of next year, franchisors will need to ensure that they’ve taken the appropriate steps to remain compliant.