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First it was “Champagne,” now other foodstuffs to be renamed

Calling food and beverages produced in Australia by European names could be a thing of the past if the European Union (EU) has anything to say about it.   It started with champagne, now members of the EU want to review a long list of product names in the lead up to the Free Trade…

There have been changes to hospitality awards for staff termination pay

Changes to Restaurant and Wine Industry Awards

The Fair Work Commission has announced changes to both the Restaurant and Wine Industry Awards. The changes relate specifically to the timing of final wages and entitlements after termination, which came into effect on 6 September 2019. Restaurant Industry Award changes Casual employees must be paid all money owed at the end of their final…

A clean tax record is required to tender for major government contracts

Clean tax record required for government tender bids

New rules require companies to prove they have a clean tax record when tendering for major government contracts.   Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell welcomed the change, but said more needs to be done to protect small businesses subcontracted to these projects.     What do the new rules involve? From…

The ATO are targeting businesses illegally trading in cash

ATO targeting cash economy

The cash only, or black economy, is widespread in Australia. It was thought that it would be all but eliminated through the introduction of the GST, but it’s as prevalent as ever. While many think of it as a victimless crime, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) understandably has a vastly different perspective. From 1 July…

the alternative to drink driving

New drink driving penalties. Will they affect your business?

New drink driving penalties came into effect on May 20, 2019. If you blow over .05 it now means an automatic suspension of your driver’s licence. What might the changes mean for businesses in the hospitality industry? And, at the same time, what can the industry do to ensure that it doesn’t affect their business?…

Restricted trading on Public Holidays

Restricted trading on Public Holidays: are you allowed to open?

What are restricted trading days? Under the Retail Trading Act 2008, some days are considered ‘restricted’.  Larger businesses cannot open on these days unless they have obtained an exemption from NSW Fair Trading and are allowed to operate. The following days are restricted days: Good Friday Easter Sunday ANZAC Day (until 1pm) Christmas Day Boxing Day….

Changes to Music Festival Licences

Changes to music festival licences

Changes to NSW music festival licences came into effect on March 1, 2019. They are designed to provide harm minimisation at music festivals. This applies mainly to events that are deemed to be of high risk by the NSW Department of Industry Liquor and Gaming.   What about Cessnock? The Hunter Valley is well known…

Retail Trading Act 2018 & Restricted Trading

Under the Retail Trading Act 2008, some days are considered ‘restricted’.  Larger businesses cannot open on these days unless they have obtained an exemption from NSW Fair Trading and are allowed to operate. The following days are restricted days: Good Friday Easter Sunday ANZAC Day (until 1pm) Christmas Day Boxing Day. A non-exempt shop must remain…

Domestic violence victims now entitled to five days’ leave

The Fair Work Commission has updated many federal industry and occupation awards to include a new clause about family and domestic violence leave. This new clause applies from the first full pay period on or after 1 August 2018. What is the entitlement? Employees covered by the new clause are entitled to five days of unpaid…

The gift that keeps on giving

There are fresh laws in place as of 2018 introducing new requirements for businesses who offer and accept gift cards. The NSW Government has introduced a mandatory minimum expiry period of three years for all gift cards and gift vouchers sold to consumers in NSW, per an amendment to the Fair Trading Act 1987. These amendments…

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