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New enterprise agreements must comply with new Construction Code from tomorrow
23 Apr 2014
Any contractor who wants Commonwealth-funded building work will need to ensure their new enterprise agreements comply with the draft Building and Construction Industry (Fair and Lawful Building Sites) Code 2014 from Thursday 24 April 2014
Payment in lieu of notice may be for "past services"
17 Apr 2014
Payments in lieu of notice under the monetary threshold for termination benefits may not require shareholder approval under the "past services payment" exception, as David Landy and Robbie Walker explain.
New ASX Corporate governance reporting rules
17 Apr 2014
The Corporate Governance Council's new corporate governance disclosure requirements apply for the first full financial year starting on or after 1 July 2014. Rod Halstead and Karen Evans-Cullen set out the main points.
New legislation will protect indicia and images associated with major sporting events
17 Apr 2014
If you're planning to sell, advertise or otherwise promote goods or services in connection with any of the defined major sporting events, you'll need to understand the Major Sporting Events (Indicia and Images) Protection Bill 2014. Mary Still, Timothy Webb and Sophia Haq set out what you'll need to know.
A new twist on beneficial ownership disclosure
17 Apr 2014
Divestment is a traditional remedy for non-disclosure of shareholdings in listed companies, but in a novel development, says John Elliott, the Federal Court has ordered that the appropriate remedy was their cancellation.
Dividend reform and red tape reduction
17 Apr 2014
A proposed liberalisation of the dividend rules is the key element in a draft Bill just released by the Government. David Landy and Karen Evans-Cullen pick apart the details.
"Net neutrality": are developments in the US and Europe a sign of things to come for Australia?
17 Apr 2014
Net neutrality is contentious overseas, but not here in Australia. That's likely to change, say Geoff Hoffman, Linda Evans and Hugh Brolsma, and there won't be an easy solution once it does.
Administrator's ability to approach a court about business decisions: elucidating the discretion
17 Apr 2014
A recent case counters the traditional view that courts are generally not concerned with administrators' daily business decisions and implementation, say Nick Poole, Peter Bowden, and Amel Masinovic.
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