Corrs In Brief

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

Federal Court decision upholds removal of visa restrictions for foreign workers on offshore projects

22 September 2014

The Federal Court of Australia’s decision in Maritime Union of Australia v Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection is important for employers in the offshore oil and gas industry.

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Changes to duty to notify - Will it lead to a flood of notifications and prosecutions?

18 September 2014

Invitations to comment on the Environmental Protection and Other Legislation Bill 2014 are open until 29 September 2014.

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Building and Construction Industry Payments Act reform - Key changes

18 September 2014

The Queensland Government has passed a series of amendments to the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (Qld) (BCIP Act).

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Full Federal Court adopts a broad approach to the concept of a “workplace” under anti-discrimination legislation

16 September 2014

The Full Federal Court’s decision in Vergara v Ewin confirms that for the purposes of anti-discrimination legislation, the courts will take a broad view of the definition of a “workplace” where alleged discrimination or harassment may occur.

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Trade mark use and the internet - Keywords and search engine optimisation

12 September 2014

A recent Federal Court case which involved these recognised causes of action in the context of search engine optimisation is the Full Court decision of Lift Shop Pty Ltd v Easy Living Home Elevators Pty Ltd [2014] FCAFC 75.

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ACCC releases final Immunity and Cooperation Policy for Cartel Conduct

12 September 2014

On 10 September 2014, the ACCC published its updated Immunity and Cooperation Policy for Cartel Conduct and supplementary frequently asked questions guide. The Immunity Policy and FAQs replace the 2009 Policy and related interpretation guidelines.

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High Court says no implied duty of trust and confidence in contracts of employment

12 September 2014

In a much anticipated decision, the High Court of Australia has unanimously ruled that contracts of employment in Australia do not automatically include a mutual duty of trust and confidence.

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New South Wales Supreme Court finds senior employee entitled to 10 months’ reasonable notice of termination

9 September 2014

In Susanna Ma v Expeditors International Pty Ltd, the NSW Supreme Court found that the reasonable notice period to terminate the employment of a long serving senior employee was 10 months.

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Recent Supreme Court challenges to ICAC’s corruption findings concerning Mount Penny mining tenement largely unsuccessful

1 September 2014

The ICAC conducted widely publicised public inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the award of the Mount Penny mining tenement and the grant of an exploration licence over the area to Cascade Coal.

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New regulations applying to Underground Petroleum Storage Systems from 1 September 2014

28 August 2014

The Protection of the Environment Operations (Underground Petroleum Storage Systems) Regulation 2014 (NSW) will replace the Protection of the Environment Operations Regulation 2008 (NSW) from 1 September 2014.

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