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Mcdonald’s Worker Wins Compensation After Breaking Her Leg On Smoke Break

In a recent case, the Industrial Court of Queensland determined that a McDonald’s employee was entitled to compensation after breaking her leg falling from a ladder on a smoke break. The case is a timely reminder for employers to clearly communicate prohibited areas to their employees and continuously update their employment policies.

Court of Appeal Confirms Services to be Provided under Consumer Guarantees Not Limited by Contractual Obligations

In the recent decision of Scenic Tours Pty Ltd v Moore [2018] NSWCA 238, a decision by the Court of Appeal partially found that a luxury travel company was liable for breaches of consumer guarantees under the Australian Consumer Law. This decision overrode the travel company’s contract limiting its liability to clients.

The decision also clarified when damages for disappointment and distress would be available to claimants under the Australian Consumer Law.

ACCC To Target Food Services Sector

In media release of 7 February 2019, the ACCC announced that café, restaurant and take away food services industries will be the target of the ACCC’s next round of Franchising Code compliance checks.

The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry – Observations by an Employment Lawyer

The recently announced Banking Royal Commission recommendations are expected to send seismic waves throughout the banking, finance, insurance and superannuation industries.

If you suspect that your business will likely be affected by any of the recommendations, it’s possibly time to start thinking about potential workplace changes and employment law issues.