When are agreed damages clauses in contracts unenforceable penalty clauses rather than enforceable liquidated damages clauses?

When negotiating a contract the parties commonly think about what should happen in the event that the other party breaches a term of the contract. They may also wish to stipulate what should happen upon the occurrence of a certain event (which may not technically constitute a “breach” of the contract). The other party might […]

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Franchisors and holding companies beware: Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017

The Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 (Bill) was introduced by the House of Representatives on 1 March 2017.  A report of the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee is presently due by 9 May 2017.  It is anticipated that the Bill (in its current form or otherwise with amendments) will receive Royal […]

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Protecting your brand & trade mark registration

Before choosing your brand: We have previously discussed important considerations when choosing the name of your business.  Before you decide upon your brand (which may consist of a letter, word, name, number, logo, aspect of packaging, shape, colour, sound or scent) and launch it (including before you register your domain name) a trade mark availability […]

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Does your business need a privacy policy?

The answer is mostly likely “yes”, even if you are a small business with annual turnover of less than $3,000,000. Under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act), various types of entities are, in summary, required to comply with a prescribed set of 13 “Australian Privacy Principles”.  The first principle requires a clearly expressed and […]

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Minimum employment terms and conditions in Australia

Employers who wish to sponsor skilled employees from overseas are, in summary, required under the subclass 457 scheme to provide terms and conditions which are at least equivalent to those which an Australian citizen or permanent resident would achieve performing the same work at the same location.  This is an ongoing requirement not least because […]

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