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Franchise update: Vulnerable Workers Bill passes

The Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 passed on 5 September 2017. Despite efforts by the Franchise Council of Australia and others in the franchising industry, the amendments targeted at making franchisors liable for Fair Work Act contraventions by their franchisees were passed largely in their original form. Under the amendments a franchisor … Read more

Egg producer fined for false “free range” claims


Posted By on 21/08/17

One of WA’s largest egg producers has been handed a record $750,000 fine for making false or misleading representations regarding “free range” egg claims. The Federal Court imposed the penalty on Snowdale Holdings Pty Ltd, which produces eggs under various labels including Eggs by Ellah, Swan Valley Free Range and Wanneroo Free Range. In May … Read more

Cloudy with a good chance of GST


Posted By on 14/08/17

By Eli Bursky (Lawyer, Private Wealth) and Darren Sommers (Principal Solicitor, Technology) As the use of the cloud to provide digital products and services has grown, so too has the interest of governments in taxing cloud-based transactions. The difficulty for governments, such as Australia’s, is that the cloud infrastructure is largely located overseas and their … Read more

Changes to smoking laws in Victoria


Posted By on 1/08/17

A ban on smoking in outdoor dining areas will come into effect as of 1 August 2017. The Tobacco Amendment Act 2016 (Vic) (Amendment Act) amends the Tobacco Act 1987 (Vic) (Act) so that no person may smoke in an outdoor area where food is being served. This will presumably include footpath dining areas, beer … Read more

Would you clean a portaloo for free WiFi?


Posted By on 1/08/17

UK-based technology company, Purple WiFi, recently gave consumers a salient lesson in why it’s important to read terms of use. What happened? Purple provides WiFi hotspots for various clients including retail outlets, restaurants and hotels. People visiting these venues can access the free WiFi provided they create an account and accept Purple’s terms of use. … Read more

Lululemon pinged for refusing refunds on lemons


Posted By on 26/07/17

Upmarket activewear brand, Lululemon Athletica Australia Pty Ltd (Lululemon), has caught the attention of the ACCC over its policy on refunds and exchanges. What happened? In May 2017, Lululemon’s returns policy (as published on its website) stated that no refunds or exchanges would be accepted on final sale items such as water bottles and underwear, … Read more

ASB in hot pursuit of Apple Music & Delta Goodrem for reckless advertising


Posted By on 24/07/17

The Advertising Standards Board (“ASB”) has criticised an Apple Music television commercial featuring Australia singer and The Voice judge Delta Goodrem, and determined that it breached prevailing community standards about safe driving. What happened? The ad, broadcast during the finale of The Voice, features Goodrem in the passenger seat of a convertible BMW choosing an … Read more