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Cafe chain fined $475,000 for exploiting students

The students were working in factories and retail stores in Sydney, working up to 60 to 70 hours per week and encounter...

What are your current obligations under the Privacy Act?

It is a good time to seek legal advice to ensure compliance to the Privacy Act, especially given the recent changes, alo...
Fair work

FWO wins back pay for over 600 food precinct workers

The most common breaches found were the failure to pay penalty rates or casual loading (40 businesses), followed by unde...
contract, ATO protecting honest businesses, unfair contract terms

Expansion of unfair contract terms laws welcomed

Maximum penalties for companies that breach the provisions of the newly-passed legislation increased to the greater of $...
underpayments, penalties

Penalties plucked from non-compliant eyebrow-shaping business

The eyebrow-shaping business back-paid the workers only after the FWO commenced legal action for not complying with two ...
NDIS

Why red tape needs to be cut from the Franchise Code of Conduct

The proposed new reporting requirements potentially allow franchisors less time to work on business development and to s...
Fair Work Ombudsman

FWO recovers record number of backpayments

The FWO's websites had a record 27 million visits to access its information, while frontline staff answered nearly 350,0...
food precinct

FWO orders backpay for Launceston food precinct workers

The largest recovery from one business was $39,432 for 26 casual or full-time employees who had been underpaid their min...

ANZ food standards authority mulls changes to pregnancy warning labels on liquor

Pregnancy warning labels are considered by the government to be important in increasing awareness of the risks of drinki...

Mere precedent is a dangerous source of authority in the world of contracts

At their worst, contracts based purely in precedent are about as useful to parties as a serviette on which the basics of...