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Obtaining Biometric & Health data of employees. It is now more difficult than you think – implications of recent Fair Work decision

Lee v Superior Wood Pty Ltd (2019) FWCFB 95 The employer in question had announced the introduction of finger scanning. There were approximately 80 employees at the worksite in question and Mr Lee was the only employee not to register his fingerprints. He continued to sign in and out using [...]

2019-05-17T14:39:55+10:00May 17th, 2019|Categories: Employment Law|Tags: , |

M&A Update: The Importance of Apportioning the Purchase Price in a Sale of Business Agreement

Apportioning the purchase price in a sale of business agreement among the various assets being sold and purchased may help avoid tax headaches in the future. A sale of business comprises the sale and purchase of multiple assets, such as goodwill, trading stock, depreciating assets, buildings (including post 1979 capital [...]

2019-05-17T15:05:49+10:00May 17th, 2019|Categories: Commercial|Tags: , |

Advertisers Beware – Social Media Influencers paid to promote products must disclose the commercial nature of their posts

The rise and prevalence of advertising via influencers on social media sites has experienced rapid growth.  In recent times however, the lack of disclosure by certain influencers of their commercial relationship with the brand owners of the brands which they advertise to followers has been brought to the forefront and received [...]

2019-05-14T12:14:30+10:00May 14th, 2019|Categories: Intellectual Property|Tags: , , |

™ And ® – The Art of Using a Trade Mark Symbol

A trade mark is a way of branding and identifying a product or service, and distinguishing those products or services from competitors.  Over time, the concept of what is considered to be a trade mark has expanded and can include a logo, word, colour, sound, smell, phrase, shape, picture, movement, number, [...]

2019-05-10T15:12:08+10:00May 10th, 2019|Categories: Intellectual Property|Tags: , |

The Breakfast Club – “Recent developments in the tax residence of individuals, companies and trusts”

Robert Gordon of our firm has written an article for the Tax Institute Breakfast Club in relation to recent developments in the tax residence of individuals, companies and trusts. Please click on the link below to view full article. The Breakfast Club - Recent developments in the tax residence of [...]

2019-05-08T14:56:21+10:00May 8th, 2019|Categories: Taxation|Tags: |

Court Puts the Brakes on Ultra Tune

By a decision of the Federal Court on 18 January 2019 by Justice Bromwich[i] national franchisor Ultra Tune was ordered to pay fines totaling $2,604,000. The fines (known as pecuniary penalties) sought by the ACCC and awarded by the Court were for various breaches of the Franchising Code of Conduct (Code) [...]

2019-03-21T15:24:50+10:00March 21st, 2019|Categories: Commercial|Tags: |

What conflicts of interest mean for unfair dismissal – Matthew Boulton v Telstra Corporation Limited

The Fair Work Commission recently considered unfair dismissal in the context of conflicts of interest in the case of Mr Matthew Boulton v Telstra Corporation Limited [2019] FWC 370.  Telstra was found to have validly dismissed Mr Boulton for breaching its Conflict of Interest policy by buying and selling new and [...]

2019-03-06T15:21:34+10:00March 6th, 2019|Categories: Employment Law|

How Secure is Your Legal Relationship?

In any business arrangement it is important to  ensure the legal relationship between the various interests is carefully defined and documented. In the Hollywood blockbuster movie, The Social Network, the undefined relationship between co­ founders Mark Zuckerberg and Edwardo Saverin led to litigation which fortunately for the parties involved led to [...]

2019-02-26T14:38:12+10:00February 26th, 2019|Categories: Commercial|