Monthly Archives: July 2011

A recent decision of the Federal Magistrates Court (Stephens v Australia Postal Corporation [2011] FMCA 448) emphasises the risks that can arise when dismissing employees who have made workers compensation claims.

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From 1 July 2011, requirements came into effect which required repairers of certain consumer goods to provide notices to consumers before the repairer accepts goods for repair. If you do not already have processes in place, you must as a matter of urgency implement such processes, to comply with these new provisions which are now operative. Failure to comply with these obligations may result in penalties of up to $50,000 for corporations or $10,000 for individuals. We can assist in you in developing and implementing a practical process for your business that will communicate the appropriate notice to your customers and which will help protect you from the significant penalties that may apply.

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The Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth) was amended on 20 June 2011 with the most substantial change relating to the expansion of the definition of sexual harassment.

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The recent District Court of Queensland decision of Penfold Projects Pty Ltd v Securcorp Limited [2011] QDC 77 clarified that in Queensland, service on the superintendent of a payment claim made under the BCIP Act does not constitute valid service, subject to any express contractual provision. This Alert summarises the facts and findings of this recent decision, and explains its implications. For further information about how this decision affects you, please contact us.

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On 12 July 2011, the Minister for Planning announced that a comprehensive review is to be undertaken of New South Wales planning laws. The announcement foreshadows the introduction of a new planning framework, together with the creation of new draft State planning laws in the latter part of 2012.

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‘Directors cannot substitute reliance on the advice of management for their own attention and examination of an important matter that falls specifically within the Board’s responsibilities.’

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