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Controversial Religious Discrimination Bill back in the spotlight
Insight 18 Feb 2020

Partner Partner Managing Associate Tom Kavanagh The Federal Government has released second exposure drafts of its proposed legislation on religious discrimination, as part of another round of public consultation. Simon Dewberry ...

Do employers need to start telling their employees to limber up before heading home?
Insight 18 Feb 2020

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal has decided that a knee injury sustained by an employee when he was 'lightly jogging' to the staff bus after his shift had arisen out of his employment. ...

Report: National Electricity & Gas Rules Update: December 2019 - January 2020
Insight 17 Feb 2020

In this update we summarise the progress of existing rule change requests across December 2019 and January 2020 and take a closer look at the Federal Government's proposed offshore clean energy infrastructure regulatory framework. ...

Linklaters Insights: Novel Coronavirus - practice guide of significant commercial and legal issues
Insight 17 Feb 2020

The recent outbreak of the novel coronavirus is causing disruption across greater China and the region. This cross-practice guide from our colleagues at Linklaters highlights key issues that may affect business operations in the current environment. ...

Employee reinstated despite breaching 'zero tolerance' drug policy
Insight 17 Feb 2020

The Fair Work Commission has ordered the reinstatement of an employee following inconsistencies in an employer's 'zero-tolerance' policy regarding drug and alcohol use. ...

No minimum period before casuals can expect 'regular and systematic' work
Insight 17 Feb 2020

The Federal Court has decided that, from the commencement of her employment, a casual employee was engaged on a 'regular and systematic' basis and had a reasonable expectation of continued employment. ...

Major proposed changes to Queensland resources law – the environmental and commercial implications
Insight 14 Feb 2020

New legislation will, if passed, introduce a suite of reforms aimed at mitigating the risks of Queensland resources projects not being rehabilitated, which also have major implications for the sales of such projects. The changes' wide-ranging impact includes tighter criteria for tenement applicants and transferees, and introducing an ability for tenement conditions to be adjusted following a change of control of tenement holders. In particular, potential tenement applicants and purchasers should consider initial due diligence on people and entities that may be considered their associates, so they are prepared to defend any decision in relation to potential disqualification. ...

Court clears Vodafone/TPG merger
Insight 13 Feb 2020

Allens acted for Vodafone Hutchison Australia Pty Limited (VHA) to secure the Federal Court's approval for its merger with TPG Telecom Limited (TPG). In finding against the ACCC, Justice Middleton held the merger would not have the likely effect of substantially lessening competition. ...

How is Vietnam's labour law changing?
Insight 12 Feb 2020

Upcoming changes to Vietnam's labour law include such significant steps as more flexibility in the renewal and termination of labour contracts; and for the first time, the right of employees to establish and join independent labour unions. Although the Labour Code 2019 will not take effect until 1 January 2021, employers should start looking ahead and consider how the upcoming changes will impact their businesses and management of their workforce. ...

Industrial manslaughter laws proposed for Queensland resources sector
Insight 11 Feb 2020

If passed, the Mineral and Energy Resources and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 (Qld) (the Bill ), introduced in the Queensland Parliament on 4 February 2020, will create industrial ...

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