127 – Monthly Legal Updater September 2018

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In Show 127 – Monthly Legal Updater September 2018 originally broadcast on Facebook Live on Friday 7 September 2018 2018 we go through the changes to the law from the last month.

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On this edition of the Monthly Legal Updater we delve into the top legal stories that will affect businesses.

Casual Worker Changes

A landmark court ruling in Australia has granted casual workers the right to annual leave.  The case was launched by a truck driver working for Rio Tinto as a casual employee.  The court ruled that he was, in fact, not a casual worker because of his regular and continuous pattern of employment.

Changes to foreign property owners in NZ

The new Labour government in New Zealand has carried through on an election pledge and banned foreign, non-resident individuals from buying homes in that country.  The law is an effort to control rapidly increasing home prices in cities like Aukland which has seen home prices there more than double over the last decade.  Australians are exempt from this new law.

Foodora shuts down in Australia

German food delivery service Foodora has shut down its Australian operations.  The company says they wanted to focus on other markets.  But it has since come out that the company has left massive amounts of debts for which many creditors are seeking redress.

Huawei banned in Australia

Chinese cell phone giant Huawei has been banned by the Australian government from participating in the upcoming 5G rollout.  This follows a similar decision by the US government.  Australia and the US are concerned about the close relationship between Huawei and the Chinese security services.

ASIC and ACCC news

A former director of a company named  Adam John Coping has been convicted of fraudulently removing company property after the company declared itself insolvent.

The ACCC has fined Heinz $1.64 million dollars for misleading claims it made about a children’s product.  The company declared that its Little Kids Shreds were healthy and nutritious.  This despite the products containing 68 grams of sugar. 

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