Corrs In Brief

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

Managing uncertainty: Update on proposed changes to paid parental leave

5 August 2015

The Fairer Paid Parental Leave Bill 2015 sheds some light on proposed PPL changes, but considerable uncertainty remains as the Bill may not be passed by Federal Parliament.

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Full Federal Court finds ‘facilitating’ is not the same as ‘obtaining’ other acceptable employment for redundant employees

4 August 2015

The Full Federal Court has held employer efforts that result in something less than an alternative offer of employment will not provide a basis for a reduction in redundancy pay under the National Employment Standards.

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Regulation of drones in Australia - A balancing act

31 July 2015

The new Australian drone regulations being prepared by CASA will need to strike a balance between protecting the rights of individuals without overly restricting the innovative services and opportunities that drone technology promises.

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ASIC rattles a long hidden sabre by issuing a warning that it will seek recovery of expenses associated with its investigations

30 July 2015

ASIC released an information sheet on 29 July 2015 alerting relevant stakeholders of its intention to utilise its pre-existing powers under section 91 of the ASIC Act to seek recovery of its investigation costs and expenses.

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Court rejects class action applicant’s preliminary discovery request and is critical of solicitor’s book-building process to recruit group members

28 July 2015

The Court has again been called on to review the tactics of class action promoters, in this case in relation to a proposed securities class action against Iluka Resources Limited following a fall in its share price after a profit downgrade

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ACCC v Chopra: Penalty submissions in the aftermath of CFMEU and Barbaro

27 July 2015

While Chopra does not restore the certainty removed by CFMEU, his Honour adopted a balanced approach that may be followed in the future, by asking the parties what penalty would be manifestly excessive or inadequate, based on comparable cases.

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Investing in the Australian mining industry: A focus on coal and iron ore

24 July 2015

Australia is a country with vast mineral wealth. This fact, coupled with its stable political, legal and economic environment, a highly skilled workforce, and a welcoming attitude to foreign investment, makes Australia a favoured destination.

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ARENA’s 2015-2016 funding priorities

24 July 2015

Last week the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) announced its funding priorities for the 2015/2016 financial year alongside its new streamlined programme structure.

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The NSW Environment Protection Authority adopts new “Guidelines on the Duty to Report Contaminated under the Contaminated Land Management Act 1997"

21 July 2015

The NSW Environment Protection Authority has published new Reporting Guidelines to set reporting thresholds and provide guidance on the duty to report contamination under s60 of the Contaminated Land Management Act 1997 (NSW).

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Dissenting judgment points to possibility of easier employee access to general protection claims

15 July 2015

A dissenting judgment in the Federal Court makes further High Court consideration of the adverse action principles likely. This may result in a reconsideration of some of the employer-friendly aspects of the High Court BHP decision.

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