The Labour Hire Licensing Act 2018 (Act) establishes a licensing scheme to regulate labour hire providers and labour hire users in Victoria.
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The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), currently uses a standardised, risk-based international classification system (risk-based system) to assess and approve the use, consumption and implantation of medical devices in Australia. The same system is used in the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Canada and Japan.
Accommodating a growing client base in Melbourne’s south-east, Rigby Cooke Lawyers has opened a business hub in Dandenong South to serve business located in the region.
Adjustments to wages and remuneration in the transport industry commence today.
The following tables detail the new minimum rates of pay for part-time and full-time employees under various modern awards, applicable to adult employees in the transport industry.
Accommodating a growing client base in Melbourne’s south-east, we are thrilled to announce that we will be officially opening a South East Business Hub in Dandenong South on the 2 July. Check out the progress of our fit out which has been undertaken by Canopy Fitouts.
The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) does not specifically deal with whistleblowers, and the Federal Government has previously rejected proposals to amend the FW Act to link disclosure rights under public and private sector whistleblowing laws with the General Protections in Part 3-1. That said, whistleblowers can still utilise provisions in the FW Act to gain additional protection, including where their disclosure may not actually qualify for protection under whistleblowing laws.
The last few years have seen several high profile cases of senior executives being ‘caught out’ providing fake or misleading information on their CVs/ job applications.
What is the employer’s duty of care?
Employers have a duty under workplace health and safety legislation, including the Occupational Health & Safety Act (2004) (Vic), to provide and maintain (as far as is reasonably practicable) a safe workplace. In addition, employers have a duty to monitor the health of their employees. Criminal prosecution, penalties and potentially imprisonment can result if these statutory duties are breached.
20 June 2019 – Correction to article in footnote 5
Annual Wage Review Decision
On 30 May 2019, the Fair Work Commission handed down its 2019 Annual Wage Review Decision. The key elements of the decision are:
This article is co-authored by Andrew Hudson and Bethany Clark
During each year we discuss various important decisions handed down by the Tribunals and Courts.
Rigby Cooke Lawyer recently acted for Stronghold Investment Management on its acquisition of the Cardinia Club
Rigby Cooke Lawyer, led by property partner Darren Marx, recently acted for Stronghold Investment Management on its acquisition of the Cardinia Club from Pakenham Racing Club for $16m. The well established entertainment venue has 105 Electronic Gaming Machines, a large bistro, upmarket sports bar and multiple function rooms. Brisbane based Stronghold is a specialist Business Park and Hospitality sector Fund Manager.
Chapter 11 of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services ‘Fairness in Franchising Report’ – published in March 2019 – covered the termination of franchise agreements.
Rigby Cooke support Barnes Capital, on the launch of the Oakwood Hotel and Apartment development in Dandenong
Led by partner Michael Gough, Rigby Cooke is delighted to have the opportunity to support Barnes Capital, a premier boutique capital investment firm, on the launch of the Oakwood Hotel and Apartment development in Dandenong.
In response to the decision in WorkPac Pty Ltd v Skene  FCAFC 131 (WorkPac Decision), the Minister for Jobs and Industrial Relations has made the Fair Work Amendment (Casual Loading Offset) Regulations 2018 (Cth) (Casual Loading Offset Regulations).
We congratulate our client, Melbourne investment company and fund manager PE Capital, who revealed their plans to build an eight-storey, 200-key hotel, at yesterday’s (2 May) annual Australasian Hotel Industry Conference and Exhibition (AHICE).
The Export Council of Australia (ECA) has released its 2018 Trade Policy Recommendations. The release comes with a clear message that there are not enough small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) exporting and that this is an issue that those in government and industry need to address.
Rigby Cooke Lawyers’ Workplace Relations team continues our strong presence in the market, with the expertise of partners Sam Eichenbaum and Rob Jackson recognised by independent survey and review source Doyle’s Guide, in their 2018 Employment (Employer Representation) and Workplace Health & Safety lists.
St Kilda’s Royce Hotel has changed hands, with Melbourne pub owner Mazen Tabet and the Tabet Investment Group purchasing the freehold and business for a $55 million purchase price.
Rigby Cooke Lawyers has appointed Special Counsel, Daryl Lim to their Corporate & Commercial team, continuing the growth of its transaction capability.
Rigby Cooke’s trade & customs expertise recognised as one of Australia’s ‘true leaders in the field’
Rigby Cooke Lawyers’ Partner, Andrew Hudson has been recognised as one of Australia’s top five ‘true leaders in the field’ by independent research resource, Who’s Who Legal, in their global Trade & Customs list, 2017.
Rigby Cooke Lawyers’ Tax & Wealth and Wills & Estates teams have been recognised by independent survey and review source Doyle’s Guide for their expertise in their respective practice areas.
Franchisors and holding companies will now face much greater accountability for failing to act when a franchisee or subsidiary is found to be breaching the Fair Work Act (FWA).
Rigby Cooke Lawyers are proud to support sleepbus, a Not-for-Profit organisation dedicated to bringing safe overnight accommodation to people sleeping rough in Australia. The mobile nature of the vehicle allows sleepbus to be available in the areas they are needed most.
Top international trade specialist Andrew Hudson has joined Rigby Cooke Lawyers as a Partner in its fast-growing litigation team.
New Customs & Trade Partner, Andrew Hudson, speaks with Lloyd’s List Australia about his move to Rigby Cooke Lawyers.
One of Australia’s oldest law firms, Rigby Cooke Lawyers is on the move.
The full service commercial law firm, which can trace its heritage back to 1848 and has included partners such as former Australian Prime Minister, Mr. Harold Holt, is moving to state of the art offices over 2 floors in Melbourne Central Tower at 360 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne.
Service by Email – Effective?
Construction contracts can permit the service of notices by email, however, determining the time at which the email is deemed to have been served or received is problematic and may have implications in the event that a matter proceeds to adjudication.