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    Employment Law Update — Minimum Wage Increase & Sunday Penalty Rate Transitions

    A decision by the Fair Work Commission has resulted in an increase in both the national minimum wage and the modern award minimum wages by 3.3%. This news piece explains how the June 6 ruling will affect you.






    Update on Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017

    The Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 proposed by the Liberal Government has been a cause for concern amongst many stakeholders in the franchising industry. This article provides an update on the progress of the Bill and summarises proposed changes advanced by third parties.











    Toothless Tiger, Hidden Dragon? The ACCC’s New Year’s Resolutions

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has announced it will be fighting tooth and nail in 2017 – demanding higher penalties, confronting the market leaders and defending small businesses against unfair standard form contracts. Investigations are underway and the ACCC will be taking enforcement action this year against numerous companies for unfair terms in business-to-business standard form contracts.











    Summary of the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017

    On 1 March 2017, the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 (‘Bill’) had its first reading in Parliament. The Bill proposes to amend the Fair Work Act 2009 (‘Act’) in an attempt to tackle the issue of employee underpayment in large franchise systems, brought into the spotlight through the media’s 2015 investigation into 7-Eleven.