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Court orders $186,000 in unpaid wages to a man held in "conditions akin to slavery" for 16 months
27 Mar 2015
The Federal Circuit Court has today ordered a restaurant and its owner to pay $186,000 in wages withheld from a man who was trafficked from India under a sham 457 visa arrangement and held in forced labour, working 12 hours a day, seven days a week, for 16 months.
ASIC calls for health check on cyber resilience
26 Mar 2015
The ASIC report suggests that licensees regulated by ASIC should be conducting a "health check" of their cyber resilience.
Retention money trust accounts to increase burden of subcontract administration
19 Mar 2015
Head contractors for construction projects with a value of at least $20 million must soon establish trust accounts to hold retention moneys under subcontracts, as Frank Bannon and Mark Gillard explain.
What can (and can’t) you say during a corporate dispute?
19 Mar 2015
Are debates about corporate governance subject to the usual controls on misleading or deceptive conduct. Rod Halstead and Karen Evans-Cullen look to some recent cases for guidance.
Clayton Utz advises Empire Oil & Gas NL on its A$15.7 million equity raising
26 Mar 2015
Clayton Utz has advised Empire Oil & Gas NL in connection with its A$15.7 million raising via a placement to sophisticated and institutional investors, and a fully underwritten pro-rata non-renounceable entitlement offer, announced to the market on 25 March 2015.
Final Report on the Review of the Personal Property Securities Act released
23 Mar 2015
The Australian Government has released the final report in relation to the statutory review of the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) (PPSA), which recommends changes to the PPSA or the functionality of the PPS register, or steps which the Government can follow.
Bidding for Mt Penny: s. 155 notices and alleged breaches of competition laws in bidding processes
19 Mar 2015
A novel attempt to set aside a section 155 notice only shows how hard it is to do so, as Mihkel Wilding and Doug Thompson explain.
Are you insured against losses from a terrorist incident?
19 Mar 2015
The Terrorism Insurance Act may help some insureds in the event of a terrorist incident in Australia, but, as David Gerber and Craig Hine explain, limits on what it covers and practical difficulties which may arise should be addressed in an entity's risk management strategy.
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