Corrs In Brief

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

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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Proposed changes to domestic building contracts in Queensland

25 August 2014

The Queensland Government has recently released the Queensland Building and Construction Commission and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 which will repeal the Domestic Building Contracts Act 2000.

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You can’t keep secret what you rely upon: Employer loses legal professional privilege in workplace investigation report

21 August 2014

The recent decision of the highlights the need to carefully consider what documents are to be relied upon in court proceedings, lest legal professional privilege be lost over those communications.

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Employment and workplace law: Mid-year review 2014

14 August 2014

This is our first annual review of employment and workplace laws in Australia. We look at developments from the perspective of employers in Australia and the challenges that they face in the current economic climate.

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