High risk with sub-standard products

High risk of sub standard products In recent weeks the news media in Australia has reported many examples of inferior products being used in the building industry. The reports document the use of non-compliant products, such as cladding, cabling, wiring and lighting being installed in domestic and commercial buildings. Some suspect installations have resulted in…

Fair Employment Seperation

Made redundant or fired? When contemplating firing an employee, proper process must be followed otherwise there is the real risk of the employer facing an unfair dismissal claim. To avoid the risk, some employers use ‘redundancy’ as an alternative to firing. It’s quicker, sounds nicer and is less painful to all concerned but often has…

Work Experience Liability

Differences in Liability When employers provide work experience to school age students and unemployed people there are distinct differences with liability issues between the two groups. With school students the employer is normally indemnified by the school that the student attends, together with relevant State Government authorities indemnification, in respect of any injury sustained by…

New Rating System for Homes at Risk

New rating system launched Following the ‘Black Saturday’ and ‘Blue Mountains’ bushfires in recent years, the Australian Government in conjunction with local councils and fire services, has amended the requirements set out in Australian Standard 3959 – Construction of Buildings in Bushfire Prone Areas. A Bushfire Attack Level (commonly known as BAL) Rating has now…

Trademark Infringed

An Expensive Oversight A small chocolatier based outside of Adelaide, Chocolate @ No. 5, has been forced to redesign its logo after multinational fashion giant Chanel claimed a trademark infringement of its perfume, Chanel No. 5. Chanel disputed the use of ‘No. 5’ in the chocolatier’s logo when the chocolatier recently applied for a trademark…