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    Workplace Relations changes

    Many businesses will by now be aware of the new workplace obligations that have applied to your business following the introduction of the Fair Work Act on 1 July 2009. Do you know what further obligations will apply from 1 January 2010?

    Have you made plans for Christmas?

    27 Oct 2009

    The deadline is fast approaching if you wish to apply to the Courts to formalise your family contact arrangements for the Christmas holiday period.

    Dreaming of design applications?

    Design registration offers legal protection for new and distinctive aspects of shape, configuration, pattern or ornamentation as applied to 3-D products including tapware, chairs, air-conditioning parts, mattresses and bases. However, there are many factors to consider when seeking to protect or enforce your design.

    Licensing v Franchising

    26 Oct 2009

    In a recent court enforceable undertaking, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has indicated that it is cracking down on businesses who seek to avoid complying with the Franchising Code of Conduct by claiming that their agreements are licenses and not franchise agreements.