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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. ...

Balancing compliance and enforcement with viability and recovery
Insight 14 Jul 2020

The latest guidance from the FWO reiterates the importance of proactively reviewing and improving workplace relations systems to ensure they are fit for purpose. ...

Unilaterally reducing an employee's hours may create a redundancy pay liability
Insight 09 Jul 2020

If you propose to significantly reduce an employee's hours of work, you should carefully take this decision into account. If the same circumstances exist, the employee may be entitled to a redundancy payment, even though the employee remains employed by the same employer. ...

When the wrong version of an EA is approved by the FWC
Insight 09 Jul 2020

There is no simple fix where an employer submits, and the FWC approves, the wrong version of an enterprise agreement. The employer will need to appeal the decision approving the enterprise agreement, submit the agreement to another vote and apply again to have the agreement approved. ...

Legislating the right to work – an overview of ACT's Human Rights (Workers Rights) Amendment Act 2020
Insight 09 Jul 2020

The new right to work protections mean that ACT legislatures, government agencies and the Legislative Assembly will need to consider these additional HRA rights when developing and implementing legislation and policy. ...

New criminal penalties for wage theft in Victoria
Insight 09 Jul 2020

Employers, directors and officers may be criminally liable for underpayments of wages and other employee benefits, as well as for failures to keep records of employee entitlements. ...

Recent amendments to the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (NSW)
Insight 09 Jul 2020

Recent amendments to the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (NSW) significantly increase the range of conduct that could constitute a Category 1 offence. Companies should ensure their systems and processes are suitably reviewed in light of these amendments. ...

Federal Court opts to rule on Qantas stand down case
Insight 09 Jul 2020

The Federal Court has decided to adjudicate a dispute between Qantas and its aircraft engineers about the legality of Qantas' and Jetstar's decision to stand down employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

1 July 2020: new financial year, new increases to minimum wages
Insight 09 Jul 2020

Employees need to be mindful of increases to minimum rates of pay, as well as the impact of increases to the high income threshold and the maximum super contribution base. ...

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