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Tracking the modern slavery landscape: recent developments
Insight 23 Sep 2020

An update on developments in the modern slavery compliance space, with a focus on emerging trends in activism, legislative reform and litigation, and the impacts of COVID-19. ...

Social media – reinstated after pressing send to the wrong group
Insight 23 Sep 2020

The Fair Work Commission has ordered the reinstatement of an employee who was terminated for sending racist messages to a work WhatsApp group, on the grounds that his dismissal was unfair. ...

Further changes to the JobKeeper scheme
Insight 23 Sep 2020

The temporary amendments that were introduced to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (Act) in relation to JobKeeper enabling directions will be extended until 28 March 2021, by a bill proposed by the Federal Government that has now been passed by Parliament. ...

Franchisors – take notice!
Insight 23 Sep 2020

The Federal Court has recently confirmed the ability of the Fair Work Ombudsman to require employers to hand over documents created before vulnerable worker legislation came into force. ...

Full Bench confirms breach of critical safety procedure justified dismissal
Insight 23 Sep 2020

The Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (FWCFB) has confirmed that a breach of a critical safety procedure can be grounds for dismissal, even where there is no actual risk of injury to any person as a result of the breach. ...

Post 2025 National Electricity Market Design
Insight 21 Sep 2020

In March 2019, the COAG Energy Council requested that the Energy Security Board (ESB) consider whether any changes were required to the core National Electricity Market (NEM) framework in order to facilitate the technological shift towards a lower emissions electricity system. ...

Retail Leases Amendment Act 2019 (Vic): changes to landlord and tenant rights and obligations
Insight 21 Sep 2020

We examine the key amendments introduced by the Retail Leases Amendment Bill 2019 (Vic); and outline steps that both landlords and tenants should take in response. ...

Allens advises Bendigo and Adelaide Bank on offer of Capital Notes
News 24 Nov 2020

The Capital Notes offer includes an Institutional Offer, a Broker Firm Offer, a Reinvestment Offer for the CPS2 shareholders and a Securityholder Offer. The transaction will support the Bank's ...

Allens advises BGH Capital on acquisition of Healius' Medical Centres business
News 24 Nov 2020

Allens' Private Equity and Healthcare specialists across a number of practices combined to help BGH deliver a complex carve-out transaction that spanned the COVID period. 'The BGH team has been ...

ASIC issues hardship withdrawal relief to responsible entities
Insight 15 Sep 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ASIC has provided relief reminiscent of the GFC to allow hardship withdrawals from frozen funds.  The COVID-19 version of hardship-relief goes further than its GFC predecessor in many respects. We provide an overview of the issue. ...

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