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18 March 2020
COVID-19 People: Short guide for employers (Australia)
The COVID-19 virus is new, rapidly evolving and having a major impact on workplaces. The virus is giving rise to multitude of employment and safety-related questions in a context which has not previously been contemplated, on topics ranging from an employer’s payment obligations and dealing with...
29 May 2019
Irony and the opportunity for generational reform of Australia’s Workplace Laws
There is some irony that the party which entered the 2019 federal election campaign with no IR policy now has the chance of a generation to make enduring and significant change to improve Australia’s IR system for employees and employers alike.
16 May 2019
A mega boost for the mega projects of the future
At a business breakfast in Perth on Wednesday 15 May, Bill Shorten announced an important policy the ALP will pursue if it achieves Government after this weekend’s election. The initiative will enable greenfield enterprise agreements to be struck for a period which covers the whole of the...
15 May 2019
A Gig Deal – ‘Gig Economy’ Regulation Initiatives at the Federal Level
The Australian Labor Party (ALP) has a broad industrial relations platform that it is promoting in the lead up to the federal election. However, one key policy that has been set since early 2018 is a ‘crackdown’ on what is described as the ‘casualisation of Australia’s workforce and insecure work...
09 May 2019
“All is fair in love and war” – but what about in industrial relations?
It was once said (and many times repeated) that “[t]he adage ‘‘all is fair in love and war’’ is… as much applicable to industrial warfare as to any other type.” In other words, industrial relations is (or at least has traditionally been) a battle ground where parties have been largely free to...
08 May 2019
Industrial Relations Law Reform Agenda
Having difficulty cutting across the campaigning to focus on the actual policies of each party? Herbert Smith Freehills have prepared and continually updated a broad summary of the proposed industrial relations reforms publicly announced by the Liberal Party and the Australian Labor Party ( ALP ).
03 May 2019
After the Election: changes to safety right of entry?
The paucity of detail on the ALP’s law reform agenda in respect of right of entry could mean one of two things. No significant reform is planned, or details of proposed reforms will not be released until after the election. We expect the latter is more likely.
07 June 2017
Qatar - diplomatic ties severed: implications for business
On Monday 5 June 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates ("UAE"), Egypt and Bahrain announced that they would sever diplomatic ties with, and cut off transport links to, Qatar. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt closed transport links with Qatar from Tuesday 6 June 2017. Effective from...
13 April 2017
Environmental laws trump Linc Energy creditors
Today the Queensland Supreme Court held that an insolvent company’s environmental obligations under State law were unaffected by the liquidators’ disclaimer of related property and resource tenures. This decision changes the previous understanding of liquidators’ powers and the order of priority in...
13 April 2017
Queensland environmental laws trump Commonwealth Corporations Act, liquidators are ’executive officers’
Today the Queensland Supreme Court confirmed that the liquidators of an insolvent company are ‘executive officers’ of that company under Queensland’s environmental laws, which means that the liquidators are required to use available funds to cause the company to comply with its environmental...
07 September 2020
London International Disputes Week 2020
We are pleased to announce that London International Disputes Week (LIDW) is returning for a second year in September 2020. Herbert Smith Freehills is proud to be associated with this key event, which celebrates London as a global centre for dispute resolution. 7 – 11 September 2020 For more...
03 June 2020
US DOJ seeks to stop human rights lawsuits against corporations
In a May 26, 2020 filing , the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to hold that domestic corporations cannot be sued in U.S. courts for alleged human rights violations under the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”).
03 June 2020
Pressure points: E-signing reform in Queensland
Queensland has temporarily eased restrictions on the electronic signing of certain documents, allowing: deeds to be signed electronically and without a witness; mortgages (in certain circumstances), general powers of attorney, affidavits, declarations, wills, enduring powers of attorney and advance...
02 June 2020
COVID-19: Pressure Points: A quick reference tool to help assess the availability of force majeure relief under English law (UK)
The global crisis arising from the COVID-19 pandemic has inevitably prompted many commercial parties to reconsider their contractual arrangements, either because they (or a counterparty) are facing difficulties in performing their obligations or because the contract has become uneconomic in light...
01 June 2020
COVID-19: Pressure points: Workplace pensions – 4 cost saving steps for employers (UK)
As the economic impact of Covid-19 and the measures introduced to restrict its spread continues to be felt, many employers are inevitably looking for ways to reduce costs and preserve cash. As far as pensions are concerned, the primary focus to date has been on the scope for employers with defined...
01 June 2020
COVID-19 Pressure points: Online sales of pharmaceuticals – now available? (Russia)
In light of the volatile situation with COVID-19, the president of the Russian Federation signed Decree No. 187 dated 17 March 2020 “On Retail Trade of Medicines for Medical Use” (“ Decree No. 187 ”) under which distance selling of over-the-counter (“ OTC ”) medicines is permitted. Following...
29 May 2020
HKMA publishes report on bank culture self-assessment
On 22 May 2020, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority ( HKMA ) published a report on its review of self-assessments on bank culture. This is part of the HKMA’s bank culture reform supervisory measures, where 30 authorised institutions ( AIs ) were selected in the initial phase to conduct self-...
29 May 2020
COVID-19 exposes M&A risks
Each time our markets experience a major downturn we see bidders trying to extricate themselves from previously announced transactions. If there is a breach of a bid condition, this may be possible, but it typically gives rise to disputes and uncertainty, particularly if the bidder is proceeding...
29 May 2020
COVID-19: Pressure Points: Summary of Key Support And Guidance for Charities and Social Enterprises (UK)
This note sets out a high-level summary of key announcements regarding funding, support, and guidance available for social enterprises and charities as of 29 May 2020. Please note that changes and announcements are made regularly; updates should be monitored on an ongoing basis.
29 May 2020
Clearer guidance provided: the takeovers panel’s new equity derivatives guidance note
The Takeovers Panel has finally issued its updated guidance on the public disclosure of equity derivatives. This update guidance was published almost a year to the day after the Panel’s public consultation process closed. This article outlines what has changed.
28 May 2020
COVID-19: People: Post-lockdown issues for employers (UK)
On 11 May 2020 the UK Government published its roadmap for coming out of lockdown, providing for a (conditional) phased return of schools and businesses over the coming months and subject to continuing social distancing requirements. Employers who shut down or reduced their operations at the start...