Is getting drunk at a work function a sackable offence?

An employee becomes inebriated at an after-work function attended by clients. Will this type of misconduct be enough to warrant a termination of employment? In general terms, what sort of matters should an employer consider in terms of process and their ultimate...

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Substantial Penalties for Modern Award Breaches

If an employer is in breach of its obligations under the Fair Work Act and Modern Awards, what types of penalties could be imposed? Can "individuals" associated with the employer also face penalties? These matters were considered by the Federal Circuit Court...

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Nero no more? Italian geographical indication “Avola” protected

The use of “Nero d’Avola” to describe Australian wine made from that variety has an uncertain future following the recognition under Australian law of the Italian geographical indication (GI) “Avola”. Background On 7 December 2018, Australia’s Geographical Indications Committee (Committee) made a...

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No one wants a quarry, but everyone needs one

Case Note - Mary Valley Community Group Inc & Anor v Gympie Regional Council & Ors [2018] QPEC 58 Thynne + Macartney successfully acted for Corbet Property Pty Ltd in a recently decided Planning and Environment Court submitter appeal against a...

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PPSA – better finance for landlords

No doubt you will have heard about several recent tenant insolvencies – Roger David, Max Brenner, Maggie T, Oroton, Marcs, David Lawrence, Pumpkin Patch, Sumo Salad, Toys 'R' Us and Doughnut Time to name but a few. The reality for...

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PPS – use in agribusiness succession planning

Recently we published an article entitled "PPS Act – better finance for agribusiness". This article examines how the Personal Property Securities Act (PPS) can be a useful tool for succession planning. One of the principle purposes of the PPS is to...

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