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Proposed Fair Work Act changes put franchisors on the hook for franchisee underpayments

A series of recent news reports about underpayments in franchised businesses should have caused prudent franchisors to consider whether their franchise operations contained adequate workplace compliance systems.  However, even imprudent franchisors would probably not have considered that they might face the risk of direct liability for the sins of their franchisees. That looks set to

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March 2
2017
Franchising Law

The complete guide to “what not to text your boss”

Most of us have days when the boss gets on our nerves (not me, of course; my employers are (a) wonderful people and (b) very likely to be reading this). But if the boss gets on your wick and is hopelessly thick so you can’t take a trick, should you call them a dick? The

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February 21
2017
Employment Law

Uber, but for the employee/contractor distinction

There are many different ways to measure the ubiquitous success of Uber, but perhaps the most telling is the extent to which the expression “Uber, but for” has become a cliché for describing start-up ideas (“Uber, but for parsley? Sure, I’d love to invest in that!”) Some of these ideas appear to be a little

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November 20
2016
Employment Law

Monitoring employees’ internet communications without being a Yahoo

It’s not often that the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) gets a lot of coverage in the Australian media. However, the ECHR was front and centre this week after a decision rather luridly headlined (in the Sydney Morning Herald) as “Bosses can snoop on emails to girlfriend, European court finds”. The decision concerned a

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November 20
2016
Employment Law
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