Corrs In Brief

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

Small business, consumer protection, agriculture and excessive credit card surcharges: the ACCC’s enforcement priorities for 2016

26 February 2016

On 23 February 2016, Rod Sims launched the 2016 ACCC Compliance and Enforcement Policy. The ACCC has identified new enforcement priorities that include enforcement actions against large businesses, consumer guarantees and agriculture.

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Buyer and Seller Beware: Warranty and Indemnity insurers may be in a stronger position than the Seller

23 February 2016

There has been considerable growth in the use of warranty and indemnity insurance, and in particular “Buyer Side Policies”, in commercial transactions. Under these policies, the position of the Insurer may be far stronger than many realise.

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Life insurers hit with FOFA-like reforms

22 February 2016

New legislation introduced into Parliament will remove the life insurance exemption from the ban on conflicted remuneration and instead substitute new “benefit ratio” rules for life insurance products.

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Superannuation review announced – with bigger things to come

18 February 2016

The efficiency and competitiveness of Australia’s superannuation system will be under the microscope following an inquiry announced by the Federal Government.

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Bargaining and Industrial Action: “Do we really have to sit down with them? And when can we all cool off?”

17 February 2016

Two recent decisions highlight that negotiating parties can hold meetings by teleconference or video; and strong evidence will be required for an employer’s application to end protected industrial action to allow a “cooling off” period.

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Freezing orders can preserve enforcement of international and domestic arbitral awards

11 February 2016

A recent High Court decision means that freezing orders for assets in Australia are available in respect of domestic and international arbitrations, regardless of the seat of the arbitration or underlying law of the dispute.

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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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