Corrs In Brief

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

Bargaining and protected industrial action: Three key decisions you need to know about

1 April 2015

The first quarter of 2015 has seen a number of key decisions relating to bargaining and industrial action under the Fair Work Act. We cover three of the more important decisions in this In Brief, highlighting their implications for employers.

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Harper Review recommends major changes to competition laws

1 April 2015

On 31 March 2015, the Competition Policy Review Panel released the much anticipated Final Report of the ‘root and branch’ review of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth).

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Government response to AMOU v Assistant Minister for Immigration decision

1 April 2015

The Government response to AMOU v Assistant Minister for Immigration purports to provide some certainty to offshore employers.

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Off again, on again: Foreign workers in the offshore resources sector now require visas

30 March 2015

In this In Brief we examine the decision in Australian Maritime Officers’ Union v Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2015] FCAFC 45, which has major implications for offshore oil and gas employers.

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What Queensland’s new government will mean for the resources sector

23 March 2015

As the resources sector grapples with challenging market conditions, the policies of the prevailing government have an increasingly critical impact on the industry.

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Unfair contract terms regime expected to extend to franchise agreements from 1 July

23 March 2015

On Friday 20 March 2015, Tony Abbott and Small Business Minister Bruce Billson announced that the unfair contract terms regime contained in the ACL will be extended to protect small businesses that enter into standard form contracts.

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Uncertainty about ambiguity: The approach to contractual construction remains in dispute across Australia

23 March 2015

Despite recent decisions, there remains a dispute among Australian courts as to whether, when construing a contract’s terms, it is permissible to have regard to the surrounding circumstances of the contract before finding ambiguity in its text.

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Port of Darwin: Too much discretion for the regulator?

17 March 2015

The proposed regulatory framework for the Port of Darwin is set out in the Ports Management Bill 2014.

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FWC anti-bullying jurisdiction continues to evolve

11 March 2015

The 1 January 2014 commencement of the anti-bullying regime under Part 6-4B of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) marked the start of a new employee protection.

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Federal Court resolves long-running uncertainty over annual leave payments on termination

10 March 2015

In in a recent decision the Court determined that annual leave payable on termination of employment must be paid at the rate equivalent to the amount the employee would have been paid if they had taken annual leave during their employment.

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