Corrs In Brief

Corrs In Brief offers the latest updates on legal issues and developments, focusing on their impact to your business and industry.

High Court allows personal payment orders for breaches of the Fair Work Act

21 February 2018

The High Court has handed down a decision with the potential to place considerable pressure on union officials engaging in repeated unlawful conduct exposing them to civil penalties under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).

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Adding Colour to the NEG: Public Consultation underway on the design of the National Energy Guarantee

20 February 2018

The long-awaited public consultation on the National Energy Guarantee has commenced, and businesses have three weeks to have their say on this significant government policy.

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New progressive rehabilitation requirements for mining activities reintroduced to Queensland Parliament

20 February 2018

After lapsing due to the Queensland State election, last year’s proposed amendments to the Environmental Protection Act 1994 have been reintroduced.

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FWC says Uber driver not an employee: Where next for the ‘share economy’?

19 February 2018

Following a series of conflicting decisions in multiple jurisdictions internationally, the question of whether Uber drivers are ‘employees’ or ‘independent contractors’ has recently been considered by the Fair Work Commission in Australia.

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Queensland Government proposes retrospective legislation to validate Council rates

19 February 2018

The Queensland Government has introduced the Local Government Legislation (Validation of Rates and Charges) Amendment Bill 2018 (Qld) into Parliament to retrospectively validate local government rates and charges that were not properly levied.

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Queensland Government refuses New Acland Coal’s application to expand its coal mine

16 February 2018

The Queensland Government’s Department of Environment and Science has issued its decision to refuse New Acland Coal’s application to amend its environmental authority.

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Proposed amendments to Australian Consumer Law are set to make class actions easier

14 February 2018

Class actions may become easier following proposed amendments to Australian Consumer Law.

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APRA plans year of introspection on super

8 February 2018

APRA has forecast a year of introspection in 2018, outlining a plan to undertake a comprehensive review of its superannuation frameworks.

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Mental health and workplace investigations: What are your obligations?

7 February 2018

Three recent cases from across Australia have highlighted the potential cost for employers of failing to consider mental health issues when conducting workplace investigations.

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Supreme Court pours cold water on local government utility charge

30 January 2018

A recent decision by the Supreme Court of Queensland to invalidate a local government’s utility charge for water should serve as a warning to other local governments.

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