Recent news & publications

Date: 16 May 2017
Blue Impression Pty Ltd (Blue Impression) operates a Japanese fast food outlet Hanaichi in Melbourne. Last year, Blue Impression was taken to court by the Fair Work Ombudsman for underpaying two Taiwanese workers nearly $10,000.
Date: 03 May 2017
The Takeovers Panel regulates the conduct of takeovers in Australia, as its title obviously suggests. But the Panel’s recent consideration of a Rights Issue undertaken by MEC Resources Limited (MEC Resources) illustrates the Panel’s role in reviewing broader matters – specifically, capital raising transactions which could affect control in a company.
Date: 19 Apr 2017
Many employers have been in the position of catching an employee ‘red handed’ for some type of wrongdoing, and confidently proceeding towards immediate dismissal.
Date: 06 Apr 2017
Australia’s current insolvent trading laws and lack of protection against ‘ipso facto’ clauses can make certain restructurings and workouts far more difficult than they need to be.
Date: 02 Feb 2017
Several key changes affecting Australian workplaces have recently taken effect and another round of reforms are in the pipeline. Some of these changes will have a significant impact on the way businesses manage their people and industrial relations issues, from the engagement of independent contractors to the administration of excessive annual leave balances.
Date: 31 Jan 2017
Asbestos contamination has historically been a significant concern for many Australian businesses, given the material’s common use in the Australian construction industry until the early 90s.
Date: 23 Jan 2017
The summer months can be frustrating for employers, as hot weather and sunny skies may tempt employees to ‘chuck a sickie’ and enjoy a day away from work. The lure is particularly strong on the Mondays and Fridays that shoulder a public holiday on a Tuesday or Thursday – the chance at a long weekend can be too good for some to pass up.
Date: 21 Dec 2016
On 16 December 2016 the Supreme Court of Queensland issued a judgment in which three separate parties were held liable for $1.2 million in compensation payable for a worker’s serious injuries.
Date: 21 Dec 2016
On 20 December 2016 the Australian Federal Government released for consultation the findings of the Productivity Commission’s final report on its inquiry into Australia’s Intellectual Property (IP) arrangements.
Date: 05 Dec 2016
On 1 December 2016 the Takeovers Panel released its updated Guidance Note 12 on ‘frustrating actions’, following a public consultation process. The updated guidance provides new clarification on the circumstances in which the Takeovers Panel may declare that ‘frustrating actions’ amount to ‘unacceptable circumstances’.
Date: 01 Dec 2016
The exploitation of vulnerable workers in Australia has become a hot topic in recent months, attracting a significant amount of mainstream media attention.
Date: 29 Nov 2016
Managing Partner Stephen Purcell speaks with BRR Media about several key priorities for the firm, including DibbsBarker’s move into the Melbourne market.
Date: 11 Nov 2016
From 12 November 2016, small businesses will benefit from the unfair contract terms protection that has been afforded to consumers since 2010.
Date: 17 Oct 2016
You’ve heard it before – the boundaries of the workplace are changing. In this ever-connected world, where we can log on remotely, speak to people from cars, and check emails from our bedrooms, where does the workplace end and our private life begin?
Date: 15 Sep 2016
Most workplaces have clear physical boundaries – these workplaces are enclosed by four walls and contain all of the tools and equipment, from filing cabinets to support services, necessary for employees to complete their work. At these traditional workplaces, employees perform their duties in conventional workspaces and generally between the hours of 9 to 5.
Date: 01 Sep 2016
As owners of trade mark registrations will know, a range of fees apply throughout the different stages of a trade mark’s life cycle from the initial filing right through to renewals. Some of those fees are payable by ‘class’, referring to the 45 classes of goods and services under the Nice Classification system.