Business Law

Changes to foreign investing in Australia

Changes to foreign investing in Australia

The Government has recently announced changes to the approval process for foreign investment in Australia in response to the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic. As at 10.30pm on Sunday, 29 March 2020 the threshold for the Government reviewing foreign investment has been...

Force Majeure Clauses and COVID-19

Force Majeure Clauses and COVID-19

The wide-ranging impact of the COVID-19 outbreak is certainly yet to be completely understood – however, it is clear that it will continue to have far reaching implications in many sectors. Legally, one of the ways we may be able to protect ourselves from these...

Consumer Law and COVID-19 – ACCC Guidance

Consumer Law and COVID-19 – ACCC Guidance

As the realities of social distancing start to set in, many businesses are faced with new and unprecedented challenges in relation to the supply of goods and services, leaving many having to cancel events, manage delays, and cope with shortages of supply. Amidst these...

New Whistlebower Protection Laws – Are you ready?

New Whistlebower Protection Laws – Are you ready?

The Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Whistleblower Protections) Act 2019 received royal asset on 12 March 2019 and commenced operation on 1 July 2019. The new legislation provides greater protection and remedies for those who 'blow the whistle' on corporate,...

Trade Promotions – What you need to know

Trade Promotions – What you need to know

Trade promotions can be a great way to promote your products and services. However, before you run a trade promotion, there are several things you should consider. These include: 1. Is the prize you want to award permissible? For example, tobacco products and certain...

Data Breaches – Amendments to the Privacy Act

Data Breaches – Amendments to the Privacy Act

From 22 February 2018, the Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Act 2017 amends the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act) to introduce mandatory data breach notification provisions.   Background  Under the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) contained in the...

Does Uber employ its drivers?

Does Uber employ its drivers?

According to a recent decision of the Fair Work Commission the answer is "No". This is a live issue in other countries where Uber operates. Decisions of the UK Employment Tribunal and a judge in New York have held, under their law, that Uber drivers were either...

Is your business compliant with Privacy Laws?

Is your business compliant with Privacy Laws?

The Australian Privacy Commissioner’s latest decision against AAPT is a timely warning to your business to review its privacy obligations in light of the substantial changes to the Privacy Act, that came into effect on 12 March 2014. The Privacy Law changes reflect...

Why you need a Buy Sell Agreement in place

Why you need a Buy Sell Agreement in place

A Buy Sell Agreement is a legally binding agreement between co-owners of a business that governs what happens if a co-owner dies or is otherwise forced to leave the business or chooses to leave the business. It may be thought of as a sort of premarital agreement...

What you need to know about parental leave

What you need to know about parental leave

Many employers do not know what their obligations are about parental leave. Recent amendments to the Fair Work Act now also need to be considered. It is timely to update you on employer’s obligations about parental leave. Currently, under the Fair Work Act,...

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