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Uber driver’s unfair dismissal claim deactivated by Fair Work Commission

The very beginning, the song tells us, is a very good place to start – but not all beginnings are created (or described) equally.  If you were beginning a job, you might begin by being “recruited” or “inducted” (unless the job was driving for Uber, in which case you would be “onboarded”).  And if Uber

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January 9
2018
Employment Law

Sexual harassment – when are “historical” claims out of time in Australia?

In recent days, there has been a lot of media coverage of what are beginning to be called “historical” sexual harassment claims alleging harassment by Famous Men.  As some of those Famous Men are starting to respond to this coverage with defamation proceedings, it is unnecessary for us to name any names.  You know who

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December 21
2017
Employment Law

StevensVuaran Lawyers on termination of employment in Australian Dairy Foods magazine

From time to time, we like to spread the word  of what we do beyond the corners of this website. The word has spread as far as this month’s edition of Australian Dairy Foods Magazine, which includes an article by Angus on what it means to “take the initiative” in relation to the termination of

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December 1
2017
Agribusiness law Employment Law

Franchising Code breaches leave pasta shop franchisor in hot water

We don’t listen to a lot of psychedelic rock here at StevensVuaran Lawyers, but this week we’ve been blasting out “Are You Experienced”, the debut record by The Jimi Hendrix Experience.  We’ve been doing that not because we’re a bit slow in celebrating the album’s 50th anniversary (we were on that back in May) but

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November 20
2017
Competition and consumer law Franchising Law

How the Australian Consumer Law became a trip hazard for Meriton Serviced Apartments

“The important thing”, said Albert Einstein, “is not to stop questioning”.  Which is all very well for Einstein, but he wasn’t running a serviced apartment property at the time. When choosing accommodation in hotels and serviced apartments, consumers are increasingly reliant on reviews provided by websites such as TripAdvisor.  To collect as many reviews as

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November 10
2017
Competition and consumer law

Into the bin! Federal Court trashes unfair contract terms in waste collection contracts

In what must rank as one of the speedier capitulations to a regulator in recent Australian legal history, the ACCC has today announced that waste management company JJ Richards & Sons Pty Ltd has consented to court orders by which JJ Richards agreed that no fewer than 8 terms of the standard form contract used

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October 19
2017
Competition and consumer law

Secret recording contract

The secret recording has long been the staple of cop shows and gangster movies. The tension builds as the informant is “wired up” – will the wire be discovered? Will the criminals spill the beans about their dastardly plans? And most importantly, will it all happen before I’ve finished this popcorn? Secret recordings raise different

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October 12
2017
Employment Law

The receivers tried to take this company’s stuff and you won’t believe what happened next

OK, we apologise for the clickbait headline, but this is an article about the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) (the PPSA) – and we know that much of the PPSA is so snooze-worthy that cases concerning its application are recommended by 9 of 10 doctors as emergency substitutes when your prescription sleeping medication runs

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September 28
2017
Commercial Law Litigation and dispute resolution PPSA Law

High Court to review employer duty of care in workplace investigations

The High Court of Australia has granted special leave to appeal in a case concerning the duty of care which an employer owes to an employee when conducting workplace investigations.  The grant of special leave does not necessarily mean that the law will change, but it does provide a useful opportunity to consider some of

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September 19
2017
Employment Law

Today’s forecast: showers in Paris, jurisdiction in Singapore

it is sometimes said that there is no limit to the ingenuity of lawyers, which may go some way to explaining why a plaintiff complaining of a slip and fall in a Paris hotel shower was suing a Singapore company in the Supreme Court of New South Wales last month. However, the plaintiff did not

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September 10
2017
International dispute resolution International trade law
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