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Lending to tech businesses – registering security over IP


Posted By on 29/07/16

Consciousness of the importance and value of intellectual property assets continues to grow. Given this increasing focus, those lending to businesses with significant IP assets must ensure any general security they take for this lending covers IP, as well as the more “traditional” assets of the borrower. Securities over personal property including IP are governed … Read more

Heinz ‘healthy toddler snacks’ anything but – ACCC


Posted By on 25/07/16

If ever you needed a reason to have your product labels legally reviewed, the ACCC’s recent action against Heinz should be enough to convince you. Product label claims are clearly in the ACCC’s sites, as the regulator issued Federal Court proceedings against food manufacturing conglomerate, H.J. Heinz Company Australia Ltd (Heinz), alleging false and misleading … Read more

Redundancy & redeployment obligations – agency labour workers

Do redundancy and redeployment obligations extend to considering work performed by agency labour workers? Yes they can! The commonly accepted orthodoxy up until 2014 was that only vacant internal positions needed to be considered for the purposes of redeployment opportunities inside the company or an associated entity when establishing the ‘genuine redundancy’ defence to unfair … Read more

Unfair dismissal extension of time – are medical circumstances sufficiently ‘exceptional’?

Two recent FWC decisions where medical circumstances were advanced by employees in relation to extensions of time for their unfair dismissal applications raise interesting issues, especially given our recent seminar on managing ill, injured and absent employees. In Hickey v Australia Post, following medical retirement by Australia Post, Hickey argued his anxiety, which he said … Read more