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JobKeeper fortnights – do two fortnights equal a month?
Insight 02 Jun 2020

The Fair Work Commission (the FWC ) has released an opinion on how to deal with monthly paid employees under the JobKeeper scheme. 1 ...

Technology Investment Roadmap Discussion Paper: it's all about where to direct public funds
Insight 28 May 2020

In the recently released Technology Investment Roadmap Discussion Paper, the Federal Government puts forward a proposed framework to govern the investment of public funds in the development of new technologies designed to lower emissions. ...

Easing of COVID-19 restrictions prompts return to work planning
Insight 02 Jun 2020

States and territories have recently eased the restrictions on business closures and public gatherings, prompting a wave of return to work planning. However, businesses need to be aware of a variet ...

Food and beverage law bulletin
Insight 06 Aug 2020

Sugar and alcohol labels under the microscope, including new requirements for alcoholic beverages to display pregnancy labels; minimising regulatory risk regarding misleading conduct on the sale and promotion of food products; COVID-19 and food; and class actions in the sector. ...

Changes ongoing for product liability and compliance during COVID-19
Insight 07 Aug 2020

Amidst increased scrutiny by the Therapeutic Goods Administration and the ACCC, Australian businesses which manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE), detergents and hand sanitiser must remain on top of changes to product laws in the healthcare space in order to avoid potential liability. ...

Mandatory binding arbitration of tax disputes
Insight 05 Aug 2020

The approval of multilateral instruments in recent years means that binding arbitration of tax disputes is now available under the Tax Treaties with ten additional countries, including major trading partners Singapore, the United Kingdom, Japan and New Zealand. This trend is expected to continue. ...

Vietnam's Amended Law on Enterprises – top 10 changes you need to know
Insight 05 Aug 2020

Vietnam's amended Law on Enterprises introduces various welcome changes and clarifies a number of issues under the Current LOE with the aim of creating a more transparent environment and streamlined process. We look at the 10 key changes and their implications for businesses. ...

JobKeeper insights from the FWC
Insight 02 Jun 2020

COVID-19 and the introduction of the JobKeeper scheme has had a critical impact on business. In a recent statement, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) shared valuable insights on the trends in disputes emerging in the early days of the scheme and how it will manage these cases moving forward. ...

Greater than the sum of its parts – an excerpt on exceptional circumstances
Insight 02 Jun 2020

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has confirmed that the convergence of a series of ordinary events can give rise to 'exceptional circumstances' within the meaning of section 366 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (Act). ...

Officers of a parent company may be found officers despite not having an official position or title in the subsidiary
Insight 02 Jun 2020

On 11 March 2020, the High Court of Australia (HCA) handed-down its decision in ASIC v King [2020] HCA 4 (ASIC v King), which considered the extended meaning of 'officer' under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (Corporations Act). ...

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