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Sharetea Australia retains rights to branding in interim hearing


Sharetea Australia has retained the rights to its branding in the first stage of a battle with international franchisor Lian Fa International Dining Business. An interlocutory hearing has granted the Aussie business

Class exemption gives franchisees rein to collectively bargain with franchisors


Franchisees and fuel retailers can now engage in collective bargaining with franchisors and suppliers on a voluntary basis without needing to worry about a possible competition law breach. It’s been made

FCA and ASBFEO welcome latest franchise reforms


The Franchise Council of Australia and the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman have welcomed the Franchising Code of Conduct reforms announced by the Federal Government. The Code amendments

Employers could face jail time over wage theft


The Prime Minister has issued a stern warning to employers who exploit workers, in the wake of ongoing wage theft reports. Scott Morrison on Wednesday revealed that employers engaging in

Migrant worker underpayment could lead to jail time


Employers who deliberately engage in employee wage fraud may face jail time under a Morrison government plan to target migrant worker underpayment and exploitation. Kelly O’Dwyer, Industrial Relations Minister gave

What can franchise owners do to protect workers from exploitation


A teenager’s first job can be deeply rewarding, a step towards independence and building skills. But that job may also involve an early taste of exploitative workplace behaviours, including abuse, bullying and harassment.

ACCC to clamp down on food service franchise sector


The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has revealed plans to target the café, restaurant and take away food services industries in its next proposed round of Franchising Code (the Code) compliance audits.

Termination of Pizza Hut agreements “overwhelmingly positive”


More than 4000 workers at fast food chain Pizza Hut are set to receive penalty rates for the first time in 30 years, following a decision handed by the Fair Work Commission (FWC).

Skin wars a warning to all franchisees


Experts are calling the bitter legal dispute between a Queensland-based skin technician and her former employer a stern warning of the importance of franchisee protection and enforceable restraints.

Workplace liability – Why employers need to know about the latest McDonald’s ruling


Experts are warning that the latest decision from the Industrial Court of Queensland may have sweeping implications for the state’s employers.