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Beards in Employment – the Sikh, the Rabbi and the Hipster – What Amounts to Discrimination?

Men with beards are often told when attending job interviews or attending their workplace that they need to be clean shaven (i.e. that their beard needs to go) but does such a request amount to discrimination? According to the Australian Human Rights Commission, Commonwealth laws and the state/territory laws generally overlap and prohibit the same…

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Key Changes to the Retail Leases Act 1994

A number of amendments were made to the Retail Leases Act 1994 by the Retail Leases Amendment (Review) Act 2017. No minimum Term The provision mandating a five year minimum term was removed. This means that there is no longer a need for a solicitor’s certificate for leases for a term of less than five…

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Franchising Code of Conduct – Part 1

The Franchising Code of Conduct is set out in Schedule 1 of the Competition and Consumer (Industry Codes – Franchising) Regulation 2014 (Code).The Code regulates the conduct of parties (or prospective parties) to a franchise agreement. Obligation to Act in Good Faith The Code introduces a positive obligation on each party to the franchise agreement…

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Owners Corporation barking mad for banning dogs from common property

Earlier this year, the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal handed down a decision in Yardy v Owners Corporation SP 57237 [2018] NSWCATCD 19. The Tribunal decided that the owner of a lot was allowed to keep his small Maltese cross terrier, called Baxter, on the lot owned by him and his wife in the strata…

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Voluntary Planning Agreements

A voluntary planning agreement is an agreement entered into between a planning authority (such as the Department of Planning and Environment or local Councils) and a developer. The agreements are created pursuant to the provisions of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, whereby the developer agrees to provide or fund public amenities, public services…

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Sale by Public Auction

Buying a property at auction is different to buying a property by way of private treaty. The bidding process is public and once the metaphorical hammer falls at the auction, if you are the highest bidder, you are required to proceed to sign a Contract for Sale. The auctioneer will proceed to effect an exchange…

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