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FWC inserts burdensome annualised wage clauses in modern awards
Insight 30 Apr 2019

The Fair Work Commission (the FWC) has decided that new annualised wages clauses will be inserted in 19 modern awards, impacting how employers administer annual salary arrangements for their award-covered employees. Senior Associate Tarsha ...

Highly paid employee covered by modern award and protected from unfair dismissal
Insight 30 Apr 2019

A recent FWC decision is a reminder to employers that employees who earn more than the high income threshold can still be eligible to bring unfair dismissal claims if they are covered by a modern award1. Managing Associate Sikeli Ratu and ...

Watch this space – FWC puts a question mark next to biometric scanner dismissal
Insight 30 Apr 2019

In a new and novel case for the Full Bench of the FWC, an employee was given permission to appeal after being dismissed for refusing to use a biometric scanner.1 Senior Associate Tegan Ayling and Lawyer James Daniel report. How does it ...

China's National Carbon Market - one step forward
Insight 26 Apr 2019

Draft legislation revealing the intended coverage and mechanics of China's national emissions trading scheme, which is due to commence operation within a year, has been released for public consultation until 2 May. Partner Jillian Button ...

New WA policy facilitating market-led proposals
Insight 23 Apr 2019

The Western Australian Government recently released its Market-led Proposals Policy, which seeks to provide a single consistent and transparent process for the private sector to submit infrastructure, service provision and other proposals ...

Faster TGA disclosure - what it means for pharmaceutical patent litigation
Insight 23 Apr 2019

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has consulted on whether it should disclose earlier that a prescription medicine is under evaluation and what types of prescription medicines should be published. The proposal that it publish the ...

APRA releases 'constructively tough' Enforcement Approach
Insight 18 Apr 2019

In the wake of the Financial Services Royal Commission (Royal Commission) and the introduction of the Banking Executive Accountability Regime (BEAR), APRA has undertaken a review of its enforcement strategy. The Enforcement Review Final ...

Banksy stops unauthorised merchandising in Italian museum
Insight 18 Apr 2019

A company called Pest Control, which claims to act on behalf of the anonymous street artist Banksy, has won a trade mark infringement claim against an art exhibition organiser for selling Banksy merchandise in a museum gift shop. Law ...

From Budapest to Wellington – Patents for microorganisms in New Zealand
Insight 18 Apr 2019

New Zealand recently acceded to the Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure (Budapest Treaty), which came into force in New Zealand on 17 March 2019. Managing ...

Significant fee changes for patents and trade marks are coming in New Zealand
Insight 18 Apr 2019

On 2 April 2019, the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) announced a number of patent and trade mark fee changes that will take effect later in 2019. The changes will result in a significant increase in official fees ...