Corrs In Brief

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

Consultations on potential reform to security of payment arrangements in Queensland

4 February 2016

The Queensland Government has launched a State-wide public consultation process on how best to reduce the risk of sub-contractors in the construction industry not being paid in the event of head-contractor insolvency.

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Reports of the Productivity Commission and Trade Unions Royal Commission will set the Workplace Reform Agenda in 2016

2 February 2016

The pre-election debate over workplace reform will be dominated by the Government’s response to reports from the Productivity Commission and the TURC. We take a look at the major issues in the year ahead.

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Employers Beware: Sexual Harassment Damages Exceed $330,000 in Recent VCAT Ruling

2 February 2016

The decision in Collins v Smith (Human Rights) [2015] VCAT 1992, in which a complainant received over $330,000 in damages for sexual harassment, reminds employers of the need to take proactive steps to ensure a bullying/harassment-free workplace.

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Across the Ditch – Resignations from Director/Officer Roles in Response to New WHS Laws

22 January 2016

The business response to New Zealand’s new WHS legislation provides us with some important reminders about key aspects of the Australian model WHS laws.

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Metadata - It's not about you after all

15 January 2016

On 18 December 2015, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal held that metadata does not constitute Personal Information under the Privacy Act, thereby overturning the Privacy Commissioner’s decision that Telstra hand over personal mobile data to those

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APRA’s RSE governance reforms on hold – for now

22 December 2015

In a letter to all RSE licensees, APRA has confirmed its proposed amendments to SPS 510 Governance and other prudential standards (on which we have previously reported) will not be progressed in the immediate future.

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2016: Changes ahead for food businesses. Are you ready?

18 December 2015

There are two key dates for food businesses under the Australian New Zealand Food Standards Code (Food Standards Code) in the new year.

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Redundancy payments and ‘ordinary and customary’ turnover of labour

18 December 2015

Two recent decisions by Fair Work Commission Full Benches provide valuable guidance on when an employer can avoid making redundancy payment to employees terminated because of the ‘ordinary and customary’ turnover of labour.

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Paris Climate Change Agreement – a snapshot

18 December 2015

On 12 December 2015, The United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris concluded with the release of the ‘Paris Agreement’ (‘Agreement’).

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High Court allows agreed civil penalty submissions with regulators

17 December 2015

The High Court has set aside the Full Court decision and reinstates in excess of twenty years of authorities relating to the ability of parties that are the subject of civil prosecutions to make joint submissions about the appropriate pecuniary penal

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