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Food services franchise scorecard – ACCC unimpressed

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has revealed the key findings of its recent compliance checks of a sample of franchisors in the food services sector. The ACCC investigated 12 separate food services industry franchisors. The report outlines the following issues. 8/12 of the franchisors made it difficult to contact former franchisees The Franchising … Read more

Food recalls – what you need to know


Posted By on 27/08/19

The humble egg is one of the more commonly recalled foods, with Australian egg producers affected by six separate food recalls to date in 2019 alone. A reasonably large recall was declared on 20 March 2019, as Bridgewater Poultry eggs were recalled across Australia after infecting five people with a rare strain of salmonella enteritidis. … Read more

Annualised wage arrangements – new obligations for employers

By Adrian Faelli (Lawyer) and Michael Cochrane (Special Counsel) The Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission has finalised* its examination of annualised wage arrangements as part of the 4 yearly Modern Awards review.  From 1 March 2020, certain Modern Awards will contain 1 of 4 new ‘Model Clauses’ that expand an employer’s record-keeping, payment … Read more

Changes to family violence intervention orders

By Cano Ergun (Trainee Lawyer) and Kristina Antoniades (Special Counsel) On 24 July 2019 the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria (MCV) and the Children’s Court of Victoria implemented two important changes in relation to family violence intervention orders. These are: Updated standard conditions for family violence intervention orders (FVIO); and Information sheets to be attached to … Read more

The ‘gig’ is up for now… FWO withdraws against Foodora and Uber wins again

Michael Cochrane (Special Counsel) and Adrian Faelli (Lawyer) share their insights on the latest trends in the gig economy. Last month, the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) decided to discontinue its well-publicised Federal Court underpayments claim against Foodora Australia following the company’s administration and subsequent exit from the Australian market.  While gig economy businesses (and businesses … Read more