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‘Vulnerable Workers’ Changes to Fair Work Act - What Employers Need to Know!

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 22, 2017 9:06:41 AM / by Corinne Attard posted in Business Corporate & Commercial, Franchising & Retail, Workplace Relations

On 15 September 2017 the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Act 2017 took effect. It makes important changes to the Fair Work Act 2009. These changes potentially affect all businesses but in particular those in franchising or licensing or distribution.

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Survival of the Fittest in Trade Marks Dispute

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 8, 2017 8:51:35 AM / by Daniel Jepson posted in Business Corporate & Commercial, Franchising & Retail

We all know someone who is addicted to Crossfit. Not surprisingly, with its rise in popularity those behind Crossfit have taken steps to protect the brand. This includes the registration of ‘CROSSFIT’ as a trade mark all over the world. In Australia, the word ‘CROSSFIT’ has three separate registrations in a number of different classes.

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Pros and Cons of Sub-leasing Your Site From the Franchisor

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 6, 2017 9:49:06 AM / by Corinne Attard posted in Franchising & Retail

If you are looking to buy a franchised business which operates from any premises other than your home, you will need a lease.  For retail businesses location is critical and it is likely your franchisor will control the negotiation process and require that either the lease be in its name with a sublease or licence granted to you, or allow the lease to be in your name but with some conditions attached.  

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Looking Into Leases

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 29, 2017 3:27:57 PM / by Corinne Attard posted in Franchising & Retail, Property

If you are buying a retail franchise business, the lease is a critical element. Here are 10 questions to ask about your lease...

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Partner named in Who's Who Legal

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 17, 2017 3:07:55 PM / by Holman Webb posted in Business Corporate & Commercial, Franchising & Retail

Congratulations to Partner, Corinne Attard, who has once again been selected by Who’s Who Legal: Franchising as one of the pre-eminent leading franchise lawyers in Australia.   

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Innovation in Law, the Process of Disruption.

[fa icon="calendar'] May 30, 2017 4:44:54 PM / by Holman Webb posted in Business Corporate & Commercial, Commercial Recovery & Insolvency, Franchising & Retail, Banking & Finance, Food Law, Health, Aged Care & Life Sciences, Insurance, Intellectual Property Protection, Foreign Investment & Migration, Govenment, Media & Communications, Workplace Relations, Dispute Resolution and Litigation, Third Sector: Not-for-Profit and Social Enterprise, Property, Technology Law

Greg Malakou, Holman Webb CEO, speaks to Business First magazine about how innovation not only gives Holman Webb a competitive advantage in the market but is also fundamental to the firm’s growth strategy.

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First Domino to fall? ACCC obtains first ‘penalty’ under the Franchising Code

[fa icon="calendar'] May 24, 2017 11:28:45 AM / by Daniel Jepson posted in Business Corporate & Commercial, Franchising & Retail

Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Ltd (Domino’s) has recently paid $18,000 to the ACCC in relation to two alleged breaches of the Franchising Code of Conduct (the Code). According to the ACCC, this represents the first ‘penalty’ for an alleged breach of the Code since it was revamped in 2015.

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Five franchising lessons from “The Founder” of McDonald’s

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 22, 2016 11:25:17 AM / by Corinne Attard posted in Business Corporate & Commercial, Franchising & Retail

Being released in cinemas this week, The Founder is the story of how Ray Kroc built the McDonald’s empire.

Michael Keaton plays Kroc and portrays him as an unlikeable, ruthless character who steals the ideas and even words of others without shame. He takes the brand concept and systems originated by Mac and Dick McDonald and passes them off as his own work. In doing so he grows their small operation to one across the US and internationally.

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Is Joint Employer Liability about to hit Australian Franchising?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 16, 2015 4:14:00 PM / by Corinne Attard and Rachael Sutton posted in Business Corporate & Commercial, Franchising & Retail

The Greens have announced a new bill which potentially means Australian franchisors could be jointly liable for the breaches of employment awards and laws by their franchisees. But is there already potential liability for franchisors if their franchisees don’t pay their staff their proper entitlements?

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Updating your 2015 Franchise Disclosure Document- The Clock is Ticking!

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 15, 2015 12:45:51 PM / by Corinne Attard posted in Business Corporate & Commercial, Franchising & Retail

If you are a franchisor in Australia you will know that you must update your disclosure document every year to comply with the Franchising Code.

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