Collective bargaining to be permitted by Class Exemption for small businesses, franchisees and fuel retailers
It has taken some time, but the ACCC has announced for the first time in October 2020, that they will make a class exemption for small businesses, franchisees and fuel retailers. This will allow them to negotiate as a group with their suppliers/processors, franchisor or fuel wholesaler respectively without having to lodge a notification or seek authorisation from the ACCC.
On 1 October 2018, the Fair Work Commission, as part of its 4-year modern award review, made a decision to amend evening, Saturday and Sunday penalty rates. This article explains these amendments.
The Federal Government’s has recently announced a plan to wind back responsible lending obligations on lenders to boost Australia’s economic recovery. This article explains the key changes and how this proposed streamlining will change the current regulatory landscape.
Recently, the Supreme Court of Victoria heard the case of Australian Xinyangfeng Fertilizer Pty Ltd v Freshwater  VSC 450 which provides an example of one of the mechanisms available to parties when another party defaults on a settlement agreement to hold the defaulting party to the bargain struck. The re-opening of the old case fast-tracked enforcement of the original agreement, saving time and the cost of initiating new proceedings.