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2017-09-26 15:12:37
The clock is now ticking down to the day when franchisors can be held legally liable for breaches of workplace laws by their franchisees. This significant change to the Australian franchising landscape will soon be reality now that the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Act 2017 has gained Royal Assent, following its passage through Parliament earlier this month. Are you concerned about ... read more
2017-09-13 12:57:37
The Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 has finally passed both houses of the Australian Parliament and is set to become law. Six months after it was first proposed in response to a number of high-profile underpayment practices in some major franchise chains, the new legislation will hold franchisors responsible for underpayments by their franchisees where they knew, or reasonably should have known, about the contraventions and failed ... read more
2017-08-24 14:06:41
Much of the current media and government focus on Australian franchising assumes that the sector is dominated by massive multi-national and large national franchise operations. In reality, the opposite is true. Australia’s franchise sector is overwhelmingly made up of smaller franchises and it is these businesses that will feel the biggest impact of the proposed joint liability legislative changes being considered by the Australian Federal Government. According to the Franchising Australia ... read more
2017-07-18 11:43:43
The regulatory focus on Australia’s franchise sector continues to rise with both the Fair Work Ombudsman and the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission increasingly naming and shaming non-compliant franchisors and franchisees. The latest case to hit the headlines is that involving the franchisee of two Subway outlets in Sydney, alleged to have short-changed a Chinese worker of more than $16,000. The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action ... read more
2017-05-09 14:28:13
Domino’s Pizza is the first company to pay penalties for alleged non-compliance with the Franchising Code of Conduct. Following the issue of two infringement notices by the ACCC, Domino’s has paid penalties totalling $18,000. The ACCC issued the infringement notices because it believed that Domino’s had failed to comply with the requirement in the Franchising Code of Conduct to provide franchisees with both an annual marketing fund financial statement and an ... read more
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