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Are your ready for a risk-free Christmas office party?


Staff are working from home, and Covid-rules remain in place, so what will this year’s office Christmas party look like? How can you whip up some much-needed Christmas spirit without

What you need to know about the Vic Govt rent relief extension due to Covid-19


We are now over six months into the pandemic with restrictions eased in many states and parts of regional Victoria. However metropolitan Melbourne remains under stage 4 restrictions. The first

ACCC calls out franchisor non-compliance in 3 cases


On the back of the franchise parliamentary report in 2019 the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission identified the franchising sector as one of its 2020 Compliance and Enforcement Priorities.  So

4 crucial compliance rules franchisors need to consider now


We’re still knee-deep in Covid-19 so what do franchisors need to consider for 2020 and beyond?  Check these legal pointers to ensure you are compliant with crucial regulations. 4 crucial

Who owns the marketing fund on liquidation?


Did you know as a franchisor holding a separate marketing fund account if your franchise business is liquidated, franchisees may not get back their marketing fund money? The case of Stay

Foreign-owned franchisors beware! New rules apply


A move intended to protect local businesses has had the unintended consequence of making many day to day transactions by foreign owned franchise systems subject to approval by the Foreign

Minister reprimands franchisors for fee-charging struggling franchisees


A franchisor charging a franchisee their full fees while their doors are closed could potentially be in breach of the obligation to act in good faith. Minister for Small and

Is your business heading for hibernation? What you need to do now


How The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared Coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic on 11 March and as a country we are, according to Prime Minister Morrison, battling two enemies. Morrison warns

What you need to know now: legal tips


How do the recent changes to trading affect you? On 24 March 2020 a range of businesses were added to those already ordered by the Federal government to close in

Good corporate governance and how to achieve it


Good corporate governance – what does it mean in practice? And how can franchisors get it right? Good corporate governance is something that is often spoken about – following the