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Garden leave: it’s not a walk in the park

Garden leave may sound relaxing, but the circumstances which call for it are most certainly not.Garden leave typically occurs: when an employee is directed by an employer to take paid leave or to undertake special duties; or during the notice period following termination or resignation. Employees are...

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SMS: Scam Message Service?

Have you recently received a text that didn’t seem right? Maybe it looked like one of these: 'Your package is on its way: get it as soon as possible! Click this link!' 'Hello, I've seen this video of you on the internet! Click here to see!' 'Hi, do you need a part time job? Click this link!' If that's a yes...

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Key ACCC priorities for 2022

In early March 2022, Rod Sims handed down the ACCC's 2022/2023 Compliance and Enforcement Priorities. Some issues and industries of concern include manipulative digital advertising techniques, exclusive arrangements that impact competition and false 'green' credentials.

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Katie v Katy: a 'Perry'lous dispute

An ongoing legal dispute between clothing designer, Katie Jane Taylor and American singer-songwriter, Katy Perry, continues to make headlines. Taylor, owner of the registered trade mark 'Katie Perry', claims that Katy Perry's use of the mark 'Katy Perry' for her products is deceptively similar. In response to Taylor's claim, Katy Perry...

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A hefty price for a Google Ad

When seeking out answers, we all reach for Google, the most commonly used platform for information searches. Often, we assume that our search results are accurate. Accuracy is very important when businesses market their products and services on the internet. It is for this reason that they should ensure they do not...

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Appraising a data breach

There is a proliferation of ransomware attacks, with reports of a 200% increase in attacks against Australian organisations in recent months. On a global scale, the average cost of cybercrime continues to rise, according to the latest ‘Cost of a Data Breach Report 2021’ by IBM and the Ponemon Institute...

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The new Director Identification Number regime

From 1 November 2021, company directors will be required to have their own unique director identification number (DIN) to verify their identity. DIN’s are a unique 15-digit identifier issued by Australian Business Registry Services (ABRS). Why were DIN’s introduced? DIN’s have been introduced to help prevent the use of false...

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It's more than a prize

Trade promotions, such as competitions and other promotional games, are winners for generating hype for your brand. However, trade promotions are heavily regulated and organisations must ensure they comply with relevant laws...

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Under the influence

One of the most novel occupations created by the rise of social media is that of the influencer. Influencers earn a living by advertising and promoting brands and connecting them with their own social media followers. An industry code is helping ensure influencers disclose the commercial arrangements that sit behind sponsored posts. In our recent blog post...

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Avocados and the new ACL consumer threshold

Inflation, avocados and consumer law. You may be wondering what is the connection between these 3 seemingly unrelated topics? Inflation has contributed to the increase in avocado prices by up to 129% in recent years. Separately, a Government review has recognised that in light of inflation, the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) for consumers and small businesses...

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