Business Law

Have you been unfairly dismissed?

Unfairly dismissed. This is a term that can get thrown around quite easily, but what does it actually to mean to be ‘unfairly’ dismissed? Adams & Partners Lawyers have extensive experience representing workers who have been unfairly dismissed and can advise you whether you may have been unfairly dismissed from your job and what you …

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Is Your Business Compliant with Australian Workplace Laws?

Developing and maintaining a great workplace culture is underpinned by legal compliance. If workplace laws are not followed, employees will justifiably feel deceived, and be unmotivated to do the job. As an employer, it is essential your business remains up-to-date and compliant with constantly evolving employment laws and practices. The Fair Work Ombudsman has the …

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The Importance of a Good Bullying and Harassment Policy

Companies in Australia owe a duty to provide a safe working environment free from bullying and harassment. This applies to not only employees, but anyone who has a relationship with your company. Workplace bullying is defined by Safe Work Australia as ‘the repeated and unreasonable behaviour directed towards a worker or a group of workers …

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Unfair Contract Terms – Small Business & Franchise Agreements

Under the Australian Consumer Laws (the “ACL”) there are laws prohibiting unfair contract terms in consumer contracts.  From November 2016, the unfair contract regime will now extend to small business contracts. A “small business contract” is where the contract has the following features: The amount payable under the contract is less than upfront $300,000 or $1,000,000 …

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"What is a Franchise Agreement?" – A reminder after Workplace Safety Australia v Simple OHS Solutions Pty Limited

I often receive calls from new clients seeking advice as to how they can expand their business.  Of those, I am often asked whether their plans may be a franchise. Often, there is a fear or concern about establishing a franchise given the perceived difficulties and regulation surrounding franchising in Australia.

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