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Employers Beware: The Privacy Act and Employee Data

By Lewis Holdway / August 9, 2019 /

By Micaela Manning Did you know that the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) could apply to personal information that you collect from your employees? At the start of their employment, you collect lots of information from your employees: contact details, their previous employment history, academic record, medical information, superannuation details and bank account details. Once they…

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Protecting your name – legal names, business names, trade marks and domain names

Protecting Your Name – legal names, business names, trademarks and domain names

By Lewis Holdway / May 20, 2019 /

By Reshma Farrer   One of the most valuable assets for businesses is their name. It is how customers know who you are and whether they can trust you. However, often businesses have more than just one name – they could have their legal name, business name, trademark or domain name – and each of…

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Salary Sacrifice – Does it apply to Employment Termination Payments?

By Lewis Holdway / February 11, 2019 /

We recently acted for a Not For Profit organisation in a Fair Work Commission dispute. There was an issue related to the payment of an Employment Termination Payment (‘ETP’) to the terminated employee, namely whether ETPs can be salary sacrificed? Salary Sacrifice Arrangement A salary sacrifice arrangement (‘SSA’) or salary packaging or total remuneration packaging…

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Lewis Holdway welcomes new lawyers, Reshma Farrer and Adren Choon

By Lewis Holdway / November 15, 2018 /

We are delighted to announce that Adren Choon and Reshma Farrer have been admitted to practice as solicitors at the Supreme Court of Victoria.  Lewis Holdway Principals, Natalie Fielding, Paul Holdway and John Wardlaw, said it was exciting for the firm to witness and facilitate the development of Adren and Reshma after both completing combined Bachelor…

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Is This The End of Trading Names?

By Media Officer / November 5, 2018 /

The Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) is working with the Australian Business Register (ABR) to retire the use of trading names in Australia. After 31 October 2018, trading names will no longer be displayed on the ABR (including the ABN Lookup). Trading names in the ABR A trading name refers to an unregistered name that businesses could use before the…

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Increased Penalties Under the ACL

By Media Officer / September 24, 2018 /

The Australian Consumer Law (ACL) has been amended to increase the maximum penalties that can be handed down for breaching the ACL. The increase came into effect on 1 September 2018. Previously, companies faced a maximum penalty of $1.1 million per consumer law breach and individuals faced a maximum penalty of $220,000 per breach. The amendments are…

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Can I say that my goods are ‘Made in Australia’?

By Lewis Holdway / April 9, 2018 /

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (‘ACCC’) is urging businesses to review any ‘country of origin’ claims that they have made to ensure compliance with the Australian Consumer Law (‘ACL’). The ACL contains prohibitions against misleading and deceptive conduct generally, and also specifically in relation to the place of origin of goods and the nature,…

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Excessive Surcharges

Excessive Surcharges

By Lewis Holdway / February 26, 2018 /

Provisions in the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) which prohibited large businesses from charging excessive surcharges for processing credit card, debit card or EFTPOS transactions have been extended to apply to any business that is either located in Australia or uses an Australian bank. This change came into effect on 1 September 2017. The…

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ACCC to crack down on cartel conduct

By Lewis Holdway / January 29, 2018 /

By Reshma Farrer The chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (“ACCC”), Rod Sims, has indicated that 2018 will involve the competition watchdog pursuing criminal cartel cases against a number of Australian businesses. It is expected that Mr Sim will conduct three to four domestic-based criminal cartel actions in 2018 against companies of varying…

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Privacy Act Changes | Business Law Melbourne | Lewis Holdway Lawyers

Privacy Act Changes

By Lewis Holdway / January 25, 2018 /

In early 2017 we published an article outlining the elements of the new Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Act 2017 (Cth) and how it will affect businesses. As the effective date of 22 February 2018 approaches quickly, here is a recap of the changes to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (“Privacy Act”) and some tips…

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