Major Changes To Powers Of Attorney Laws

The laws relating to medical treatment decision-making are about to change significantly with the commencement of the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 (the Act).

The Act aims to consolidate and streamline existing laws so that all aspects of current and future medical treatment decision-making for people lacking the capacity to make decisions will be dealt with exclusively under the new Act.

Lessons From 2017

2017 was another eventful year for the franchising sector, with the introduction of new laws to protect vulnerable workers, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission issuing the first infringement notices under the Franchising Code of Conduct (the Code) and the first proceedings under the Code.

This article provides a summary of some of the new laws impacting franchising and some of the court cases decided in 2017 as well as the lessons to be learned from them.

Corporate Governance Helps Limit Business Risks

Corporate Governance gives comfort to business stakeholders and provides assurances that the business is being effectively managed. Many factors are incorporated into this term including the rules, relationships, policies, systems and processes whereby authority within the organisation is exercised and maintained. Corporate Governance is critical for a successful business.

There Is No Such Thing As Being “Off The Clock”

The Fair Work Commission has upheld the dismissal of an employee who used social media to share a pornographic video with coworkers. The decision highlights how employees can discipline their staff for conduct engaged in outside of working hours.