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New workplace laws to affect franchise arrangements

In March this year, the Australian Government introduced draft legislation into the Australian Parliament that intended to address recent widespread wage underpayment issues observed in several industries – including the fuel retail industry. Essentially, the new Protecting Vulnerable Workers Bill (2017) sought to make franchisors liable for breaches of employment law by …

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Expanding employer liability threatens franchise industry

The International Franchise Association (IFA) has warned lawmakers in Australia that the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 will cripple the Australian franchise industry and lead to fewer jobs and slower economic growth. “Australia is one of the world’s most franchised economies, and the proposed bill is threatening …

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ACCC advises franchising industry to consider its agreements

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning franchisors about potentially unfair contract terms under a new law offering greater protections to small businesses from November 12, 2016. ACCC Deputy Chair Dr Michael Schaper outlined the ACCC’s findings following a review that identified a number of problematic terms that appear …

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