Corrs In Brief

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

Budget changes to the Paid Parental Leave Scheme: How will they affect employers?

13 May 2015

Changes announced in last night’s federal Budget will limit employees’ access to the government Paid Parental Leave Scheme from 1 July 2016. Employers with their own PPL schemes need to carefully consider the impact of this change.

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The Full Federal Court upholds ANZ Bank’s entitlement to charge late payment fees

8 May 2015

On 8 April 2015, Court in Paciocco v ANZ upheld the entitlement of ANZ to charge its customers various fees, including late payment fees.

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When a detriment is not a punishment - High Court delivers judgment against coal exploration licensees

8 May 2015

The High Court has affirmed State governments’ authority to enact legislation to terminate specified rights of individuals, which will not amount to a punitive exercise of judicial power.

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Where to now for agreed civil penalty outcomes following the CFMEU and Barbaro decisions?

8 May 2015

The CFMEU judgment creates significant uncertainty for regulators and potential respondents about the operation of and benefit of cooperating with regulators in proceedings involving pecuniary penalties.

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Extension of unfair contract terms protection to small businesses - Many franchise agreements likely to be caught

5 May 2015

Given the definition of a “small business contract” in the Exposure Draft, it is likely that many franchise agreements (which are often presented by franchisors to franchisees as standard form contracts) will be subject to the new regime.

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“Not in a month of Sundays”: FWC finds shiftworkers must work 34 Sundays to receive extra week’s annual leave

30 April 2015

The recent decision in O'Neill v Roy Hill Holdings Pty Ltd [2015] FWC 2461 clarifies the threshold of regular work on Sundays and public holidays that an employee must satisfy in order to qualify for an extra week’s annual leave.

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From the Register to the dictionary: The treatment of generic trade marks in Australia

28 April 2015

Consumers are familiar with the phenomenon of famous brands being elevated to shorthand substitutes for branded products or services.

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In perpetuity no more: FWC Full Bench terminates Aurizon enterprise agreements during bargaining

24 April 2015

This week’s landmark Aurizon ruling has realigned the dynamics of enterprise bargaining. The FWC Full Bench’s decision to terminate 12 expired agreements significantly enhances employers’ position in agreement negotiations.

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New South Wales to pioneer the Federal Government’s one-stop-shop policy

23 April 2015

As part of the Government’s One-Stop Shop framework for environmental approvals, the Assessment Bilateral Agreement Draft Conditions Policy aimed at improving the efficiency of assessment bilateral agreements, has been placed on public exhibition.

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High Court limits ICAC’s role: What are the consequences?

21 April 2015

The High Court’s decision in ICAC v Cunneen places significant restraints on ICAC’s investigative powers and, given ICAC’s high profile in recent times, is likely to be a catalyst for a broader discussion around law reform in this area.

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