To post, or not to post? Out-of-hours social media activity for public service employees and employers

Introduction Social media is a fundamental tool used in individuals’ personal and professional lives. Considering the level of social interaction on online platforms, it is unsurprising that there has been an increase in employee disciplinary action, including dismissals, as a result of conduct on social media. What is surprising is that many employers still do […]

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Unions seeking to expand into the real estate industry

There has been a recent push in NSW by the United Services Union (USU) and the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA) to expand into the real estate industry – an industry that has traditionally seen low levels of union activities. Spokespersons from both unions have raised concerns about harassment and unsafe practices within […]

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Buy Now Pay Later: Industry awaiting Issues Paper with bated breath

For better or worse, the Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) industry has continued to make headlines since our last report. The sector’s meteoric rise has been tempered in recent months by a combination of market saturation, broader macroeconomic factors, and, most recently, a new political climate. The new Labor Government has made clear its intentions […]

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Financial Accountability Regime – Comparing the 2021 and 2022 Bills

The Federal Government introduced the Financial Accountability Regime Bill 2022 (Cth) (FAR 2022) on 8 September 2022. The Bill reintroduces the Financial Accountability Regime Bill 2021 (Cth) (FAR 2021), which lapsed with the calling of the federal election in April 2022. The Financial Accountability Regime (FAR) will be the most consequential change to the financial […]

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The 2022 NCC – Mandating energy efficient homes

The National Construction Code (NCC) 2022 will be available from 1 October 2022, with a raft of new performance requirements designed to improve liveability and reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions. This update focuses on the new energy efficiency requirements in the NCC 2022. The proposed changes to NCC 2022 to address energy wastage are […]

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The status of ‘gig economy’ workers: An update on the Deliveroo case and further changes on the horizon

In a major decision for the gig economy, the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission has quashed a decision that a Deliveroo delivery driver was an employee, finding that there was no employment relationship and therefore the driver was not a person protected from unfair dismissal (Deliveroo Australia Pty Ltd v Diego Franco [2022] […]

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Jobs and Skills Summit 2022 – What employers need to know

As promised in its election campaign, the Albanese Government held its Jobs and Skills Summit at Parliament House in Canberra on 1–2 September 2022. The aim of the Summit was to bring stakeholders together to work on challenges and opportunities facing the Australian labour market and economy. A set of outcomes have been announced following […]

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FMCG Express | September 2022 Edition

In the latest edition of FMCG Express, Partner Breanna Davies and the Gadens team bring you the latest developments in the consumer, retail and hospitality sectors in Australia. In this issue, our team delves into the issues surrounding positive obligations to eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace; risks and solutions when dealing with commercial contracts […]

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Rising and falling in 2022 – Contractual responses to cost increases in construction contracts

A lot has happened in 2022 to keep the construction sector on its toes. An ongoing pandemic, floods and sustained wet weather across the Eastern seaboard, supply chain disruption, a change of federal government, war in Ukraine, high profile insolvencies (in particular the residential construction sector), tight labour markets and last, but definitely not least, […]

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The Financial Accountability Regime Bill 2022 Released Yesterday!

Yesterday, the Federal Government introduced the Financial Accountability Regime Bill 2022 (Cth). The Bill reintroduces the Financial Accountability Regime Bill 2021 (Cth), which was introduced by the previous Government but lapsed with the calling of the federal election in April. The new Bill is identical to the previous iteration (with the exception of new commencement […]

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Corruption and Integrity Update – Updates from the ALRC, Legal Affairs and Safety Committee, as well as Carne v CCC

This month’s edition of the Corruption and Integrity Update considers the Australian Law Reform Commission’s (ALRC) report, Without Fear or Favour: Judicial Impartiality and the law on Bias. We also dive into the decision in Carne v Crime and Corruption Commission [2022] QCA 141 and highlight updates from the Legal Affairs and Safety Committee. ALRC […]

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Deadline to apply for Priority Status for .au direct domain names is approaching

You may be aware that the deadline to apply for Priority Status for ‘.au’ direct domain names for your existing key Australian domain names is 20 September 2022. This means that if you have an Australian presence and have held a domain name ending in .au (e.g. ‘gadens.com.au’) prior to 24 March 2022 you may […]

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