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WA Deputy Premier slams local council’s “heavy handed” actions as cafe faces $1 million fine

A Perth café owner could face $1 million in fines as a result of a dispute with its local council, which a senior politician...
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Lumo Energy cops $10,000 fine from consumer watchdog after blaming price increases on regulator

An Australian energy retailer has paid a $10,800 fine after the Australian Competitor and Consumer Commission issued an infringement notice following concerns it was...
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Fair Work Ombudsman takes IGA operator to court over allegations young workers were underpaid $11,000

The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal proceedings against an IGA supermarket operator over allegations he underpaid six staff as much as $11,000, as...

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Appco Group hit with claims salespeople were forced into “pseudo sexual acts” for not meeting targets, as 700-person strong class action continues

Charity fundraising business Appco Group Australia has been forced to respond to claims that salespeople were made to engage in "pseudo sexual acts" and...

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Companies will soon be required to notify customers and Privacy Commissioner of data breaches

Companies that are turning over more than $3 million a year will soon be obliged to report data breaches to both the Privacy Commissioner...
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What’s behind the rise in shareholder class actions?

By Mark Humphery-Jenner, UNSW; Suman Banerjee, and Vikram Nanda, University of Texas at Dallas There’s been several high profile class actions launched by unhappy shareholders against...

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Domino’s hit by claims that franchisees are asking employees for cash in return for visas

Allegations that franchisees at Domino’s Pizza spoke to workers about paying for visa sponsorship have prompted employment lawyers to remind businesses about the potential consequences...
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IP Australia launches “world-first” trademark technology that allows businesses to conduct image-based searches

The Australian government agency for intellectual property rights has teamed up with a Queensland startup to launch a “world-first” trademark solution to make it...

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Senate passes country of origin food labelling amendments to ease “regulatory burden” on businesses

Another part of the government’s revamped food labelling regulations received the tick of approval from the Senate last night, with those championing the bill believing the removal...
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Brisbane restaurant operators fined over $200,000 after Fair Work case of worker “exploitation”

The operators of three Japanese-style restaurants in Brisbane have been fined over $200,000 for underpaying workers. As a result of action by the Fair Work...
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