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VCAT Clarification in Victoria’s Shifting Landscape Of Retail And Commercial Leasing

Landlords and tenants across Victoria should take note of VCAT’s important decision handed down in July 2019 matter of Phillips v Abel [2019] VCAT 1031. This decision is an important landmark in the shifting landscape of retail and commercial leasing in Victoria.

Social Media Post Leads To Sacking Of Public Servant

Posting your thoughts and opinions on your social media pages has a broader reach than you might think. While you may think that your comments start and finish on your social media page, we are seeing a rise in the number of occasions where posts have resulted in the termination of employment. On 7 August 2019, the High Court unanimously allowed an appeal from the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in the case of Comcare v Banerji [2019] HCA 23 setting a new precedent for Australian bureaucrats.

Employment Law Update – Winter 2019

The Launch Of The Latest Review Into The Industrial Relations System In the wake of seeming radio silence on the liberal government’s IR policy leading to the federal election, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that Australia’s new minister for industrial relations, Christian Porter, will be undertaking a review into Australian workplace laws.  On 27 June…

Dealing With Unfair Contract Terms

Having just read an article about draft legislation to extend the unfair contract term regime to insurance contracts, I was reminded that laws relating to unfair contract terms in the Australian Consumer Law have been around since 2010 in respect of standard form consumer contracts and since November 2016 in respect of standard form small business contracts. Despite these laws applying to standard form small business contracts for nearly 3 years, there are still much confusion in this area of law.