Opinion

June 25,2013

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The ACCC takes action on Unfair Contracts

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Warning bells should be ringing for all businesses which rely on standard form customer contracts in the supply of goods and services.  To the extent that such contracts are one-sided and unfair, the ACCC may have you in its sights. The ACCC has just commenced its first ever proceedings against an internet service provider alleging (Read More…)

June 24,2013

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Important changes to employment rights from 1 July 2013

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From 1 July 2013, important changes will occur and it’s critical that all employers understand these changes. 1)         INCREASED MINIMUM WAGE The minimum wage will increase by 2.6%. The weekly minimum wage will rise by $15.80 to $622.20 per week and the minimum hourly rate will increase to $16.37.  The weekly and hourly amounts are (Read More…)

June 03,2013

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Minimum wage increase

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On 3 May 2013, the Fair Work Commission handed down its annual minimum wage decision and ruled that the minimum wage is to increase by 2.6%.   The weekly minimum wage will rise by $15.80 to $622.20 per week and the minimum hourly rate will increase to $16.37. The weekly and hourly amounts are based on (Read More…)

May 10,2013

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Liberal workplace relations policy announced: Fair Work Act to be retained.

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The Liberal party’s much anticipated workplace relations policy was announced on 9 May 2013.  The key points include: 1)    the Fair Work Act will be retained 2)    Changes to the Fair Work Act will be limited in the first term of the Coalition’s government 3)    New laws will be introduced to limit union right of (Read More…)