Corrs In Brief

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

Construction law - November/December update

15 December 2014

This publication provides a concise review of, and commercially focussed commentary on, the major judicial and legislative developments affecting the construction and infrastructure industry in the past five months.

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Increase in water contamination fines - A Christmas present you may not want to receive

11 December 2014

The State has significantly increased the maximum penalty attached to various offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (EPA) including s440ZG for water contamination.

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Retention trust accounts in New South Wales - The next step in protection for subcontractors

11 December 2014

After a lengthy gestation, the NSW Government has released its revised proposal for a retention trust scheme for the NSW construction industry.

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The BCIP Act Reform - New transitional arrangements

4 December 2014

The Queensland Government has passed important changes to the transitional arrangements in the Building and Construction Industry Payments Amendment Act 2014 (Amendment Act).

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The draft new planning legislation for Queensland - What’s changed from the consultation draft

2 December 2014

The purpose of this article is to briefly highlight the key changes contained in the Planning and Development Bill 2014 as introduced on 25 Nov 2014, from that version previously the subject of a consultation draft between Aug and Sep 2014.

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Acceptable solution does not set height limit - 171/14 Kangaroo Point Residents Association Inc & others v Brisbane City Council

25 November 2014

The Kangaroo Point RA appealed against the Council’s approval of a large residential building in Kangaroo Point, where the proposed development exceeded the height and plot ratio provided for in the acceptable solutions of the Brisbane City Plan.

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“Stop whingeing!” - Which employment complaints could lead to an adverse action claim?

21 November 2014

The decision in Evans v Trilab Pty Ltd has again raised for consideration the nature of the “workplace rights” that form the basis of the protections offered to employees under Part 3-1 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).

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New franchising code of conduct to commence 1 January 2015

17 November 2014

The most significant changes to the Franchising Code of Conduct since its introduction in 1998 will come in to effect on 1 January 2015 following the commencement of the Competition and Consumer (Industry Codes – Franchising) Regulation 2014.

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Federal Court rules media leaks are not protected industrial action

14 November 2014

In this In Brief, we examine the decisions and its implications for employers when confronted with non-conventional forms of “industrial action” in bargaining disputes.

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NSW environmental laws to be strengthened and penalties increased

7 November 2014

The Protection of the Environment Legislation Amendment Act 2014 (NSW) forms part of the State Government's broader package of measures to strengthen environmental laws in NSW.

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