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2017-04-24 13:55:44
  Celebrity chef George Calombaris has been caught up in payroll controversy at his restaurants, where it is alleged he has accidently underpaid his staff some $2.6 million. The Masterchef star blamed "poor processes" in the classifying of employees for his staff not being paid the correct salaries or overtime, according to news reports. He said he was devastated by the blunder that will see affected employees back-paid an average of over $16,000 each. George Calombaris is ... read more
2017-02-28 09:06:59
The pending introduction of the Australian Tax Office’s (ATO's) Single Touch Payroll Reporting (STPR) requirements from July 2018 will create significant changes for how franchises across the country report to and engage with regulators. STPR: Real time, information sharing and superBusinesses that employ more than 20 people (headcount, not full-time equivalent) will be required to align with the new regime, which will see the ATO collect payroll data in real time. Compliance checking can ... read more
2016-12-19 09:15:00
Franchises shouldn't share responsibilities for stuff-upsLorelle Frazer, Griffith University and Maurice RoussetyThe government’s plan to combat recent cases of franchise misbehaviour by holding franchisors responsible for wage underpayments by their franchisees, could undermine the business model of franchises.Franchisors and franchisees operate as separate legal entities. Until now, franchisors have relied on this separation to avoid responsibility for franchisee non-compliance with workplace laws.It’s this separation that makes franchises work and although these companies may appear as one to customers, the distinction between franchisor and franchisee in law is essential to its business model.Joint responsibility under law ... read more
2016-09-26 23:32:03
Franchisors that have not already done so need to closely review their contracts given new legislation that provides small businesses with greater protection against unfair contracts will come into effect in November. The new law, which aims to protect small businesses such as franchisees from unfair terms in business-to-business standard form contracts with larger businesses like franchisors, will apply from 12 November 2016. Currently, many small businesses entering into contracts with larger businesses have no option but to accept all ... read more
2014-12-08 14:11:43
The new Franchising Code will include changes from the former Code that can be broadly categorised under the following major headings: Improving information available to franchisees; Strengthening the balance in franchise agreements; Improving the effectiveness of the Code via fines and penalties. Franchisors will also be compelled to contribute equally to marketing and other co-operative funds for any company-owned outlets. Changes to the balance of power in franchise agreements prevent franchisors from attributing their costs in dispute resolution to franchisees, and require dispute resolution to be conducted in the state where the franchisee is based, not ... read more
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