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The Enforceability of Restraint of Trade Clauses in Commercial Contracts

When parties enter into a commercial agreement, they may seek to safeguard their commercial interests in certain events by way of a restraint clause (Restraint Clauses).   Restraints Clauses are often found in commercial agreements, such as partnership or shareholders agreements, franchise agreements and business or share sale agreements and employment agreements.  

MST Lawyers – COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Q&A Guide

On 1 October 2021, the Victorian Government announced that all “authorised workers” must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by 15 October 2021 (first dose) and 26 November 2021 (second dose). If you operate a business in Victoria and are trying to make sense of what all of this might mean for your business and your staff,…

How mandatory are mandatory vaccines in the workplace?

Author: James Sanders, Senior Associate The issue of mandatory vaccinations in the workplace has been the subject of a number of recent Fair Work Commission cases.  We take this opportunity to examine three unsuccessful unfair dismissal applications launched by applicants who had been dismissed from their employment following their refusal to vaccinate . Case 1: …

Respect@Work Bill Passed

On 2 September 2021, the Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment Bill 2021 passed both houses of Parliament and is currently awaiting royal assent. This Bill enacted many recommendations made by the Australian Human Rights Commission in its Respect@Work: National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces report. The Respect@Work report released…