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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

DPN to cover GST – directors & shadow directors exposed!


Posted By on 9/08/19

The ATO has, following the passage of amending legislation (see below), recently extended its ability to hold a rogue director accountable for unpaid tax liabilities of their company (which would include a company acting as trustee of a trading trust). This has been achieved through the strengthening of the suite of recovery legislation at its … 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

Court says “no go” to Viagogo advertising practices

By David Robbins (Principal Solicitor) and Laura-Jane Palma (Lawyer) The ACCC has succeeded in Federal Court action against Swiss-based online ticket reseller Viagogo, with the Court finding Viagogo’s advertising practices were false and misleading in breach of the Australian Consumer Law. Following hundreds of complaints received from disgruntled consumers, the ACCC’s case centred on a … Read more