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Small business, consumer protection, agriculture and excessive credit card surcharges: the ACCC’s enforcement priorities for 2016

26 February 2016

On 23 February 2016, Rod Sims launched the 2016 ACCC Compliance and Enforcement Policy. The ACCC has identified new enforcement priorities that include enforcement actions against large businesses, consumer guarantees and agriculture.

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Buyer and Seller Beware: Warranty and Indemnity insurers may be in a stronger position than the Seller

23 February 2016

There has been considerable growth in the use of warranty and indemnity insurance, and in particular “Buyer Side Policies”, in commercial transactions. Under these policies, the position of the Insurer may be far stronger than many realise.

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Life insurers hit with FOFA-like reforms

22 February 2016

New legislation introduced into Parliament will remove the life insurance exemption from the ban on conflicted remuneration and instead substitute new “benefit ratio” rules for life insurance products.

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After CGU Insurance Ltd v Blakeley & Ors, liquidators welcome insurers to the party

19 February 2016

In CGU Insurance Ltd v Blakeley & Ors, the High Court confirms the ability of certain third party claimants to directly pursue the insurers of insolvent and potentially insolvent insured defendants.

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Superannuation review announced – with bigger things to come

18 February 2016

The efficiency and competitiveness of Australia’s superannuation system will be under the microscope following an inquiry announced by the Federal Government.

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Bargaining and Industrial Action: “Do we really have to sit down with them? And when can we all cool off?”

17 February 2016

Two recent decisions highlight that negotiating parties can hold meetings by teleconference or video; and strong evidence will be required for an employer’s application to end protected industrial action to allow a “cooling off” period.

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Does a breach of clause 25.1 of the Code of Banking Practice render a guarantee void? It appears not

12 February 2016

This week’s TGIF considers the decision of Commonwealth Bank of Australia v Currey in which the Court looks at whether a breach of clause 25.1 of the Code of Banking Practice renders a guarantee void or voidable.

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Freezing orders can preserve enforcement of international and domestic arbitral awards

11 February 2016

A recent High Court decision means that freezing orders for assets in Australia are available in respect of domestic and international arbitrations, regardless of the seat of the arbitration or underlying law of the dispute.

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Consultations on potential reform to security of payment arrangements in Queensland

4 February 2016

The Queensland Government has launched a State-wide public consultation process on how best to reduce the risk of sub-contractors in the construction industry not being paid in the event of head-contractor insolvency.

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Reports of the Productivity Commission and Trade Unions Royal Commission will set the Workplace Reform Agenda in 2016

2 February 2016

The pre-election debate over workplace reform will be dominated by the Government’s response to reports from the Productivity Commission and the TURC. We take a look at the major issues in the year ahead.

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