11 December 2019
Big data is transforming investigations
Big data is rapidly changing the way in which regulators and law enforcement conduct an investigation and build a case. New technology reduces compliance costs, but also increases regulatory expectations of businesses' monitoring, detection and reporting capabilities. And, as technology evolves,...
10 December 2019
The ACCC pilots its first ‘effect test’ in misuse of market power proceedings
On 6 December 2019, the ACCC launched its first enforcement proceedings under the new ‘effects test’ prohibition on misuse of market power. The proceedings will provide much needed guidance as to how the much-debated ‘effects test’ will apply to unilateral conduct. It is noteworthy that the two...
02 September 2019
One Step Forward for Battery-powered Electric Vehicles in Indonesia
On 8 August 2019, Indonesia’s President signed the country’s first regulation on electric vehicles – Presidential Regulation No. 55 of 2019 on the Acceleration Program for Battery-powered Electric Vehicles for Road Transportation (“ PR 55/2019 ”). PR 55/2019 reflects the government’s twin ambitions...
16 August 2019
NSW Modern Slavery – opportunity to provide input
In June 2018, the Parliament of New South Wales passed the NSW Modern Slavery Act , ahead of the Commonwealth Modern Slavery Act which passed in December 2018. However, the NSW Modern Slavery Act is yet to commence and it has been reported that the NSW Special Minister of State had received advice...
04 July 2019
Depreciation is not to be deducted as a “saving” in calculating business interruption claims
Whether a reduction in non-cash costs such as depreciation following insured damage amounts to a “saving” to the policyholder which is to be deducted from insured Gross Profit in calculating business interruption losses is an issue which has been debated by claims professionals for many years. The...
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.
21 May 2019
A new Aboriginal heritage system for WA
In March 2019, the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs released a discussion paper outlining proposals for reforming the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 (WA) ( Discussion Paper ). The 31 May 2019 date for lodging a submission in response to the Discussion Paper is fast approaching. Any person with land or...
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...
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 ).
16 January 2020
Top 10 Employment Law Developments Of The Decade: Part 2
In the final installment of our two-part article, we conclude our countdown of the top U.S. labor and employment developments of the 2010s. This part covers the key developments from 2015 to 2019, and it concludes with our selection of the most important development of the decade.
13 January 2020
Getting the deal through: Joint Ventures 2020
In increasingly complex and connected global markets, joint ventures offer access to business and investment opportunities that may be less available to parties acting alone. New market entry, growing customer bases, sharing of capital expenditure or other costs, originating funding or investment,...
08 January 2020
Open Innovation: Collaborate to Innovate
Innovation that happens in an "open" collaborative context – either internally or with external partners - can provide faster, better, more holistic results to accelerate innovation and improve competitive advantage, concludes our new report: Open Innovation: Collaborate to Innovate , based on "...
08 January 2020
Open Innovation: Data issues in innovation and collaborations
Businesses in every sector are under pressure to innovate to stay ahead of the competition. ‘’Open innovation’’ is a term that has come to describe innovation which extends beyond the traditional Research and Development department of a business and embraces a broader pool of talent and ideas...
06 January 2020
Views on an evolving automotive industry: Responding to ESG-related scrutiny
The automotive industry is unquestionably evolving at considerable pace whether through advances in connectivity and autonomy in vehicles, developments in the way that consumers access and use vehicles or changes driven by the 'electric revolution'.
20 December 2019
Online harms and online safety: Is greater harmonisation on the horizon for Australia?
On 11 December 2019, the Government released a discussion paper on a proposed Online Safety Act (the Proposal ) for consultation. The Proposal comes only months after the adoption of the Criminal Code Amendment (Sharing of Abhorrent Violent Material) Act 2019 (Cth) (better known as the social media...
20 December 2019
New electricity network investments – there has to be a better way
For many years, electricity generators and retail business attracted much more attention than networks. That is changing as a bow wave of new network investment is demanded by the transition of the power system from large, baseload thermal plant providing strong system stability support to widely...
20 December 2019
ASIC consults on draft regulatory guide for design and distribution obligations
ASIC has released Consultation Paper 325 Product design and distribution obligations ( CP 325 ), on its proposals for guidance on the design and distribution obligations in Pt 7.8A of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) ( DDO ).
19 December 2019
The View from Brussels: Brexit - next steps and options to reconcile haste with ambition
Brexit now seems inevitable on 31 January 2020 but that is only the beginning of the process of defining a new relationship between the UK and the EU. Serious negotiations on that relationship will only start thereafter, hopefully as soon as February. In this View from Brussels, we look at how this...
18 December 2019
Responsible lending: ASIC publishes significant new guidance aimed at helping credit providers apply the law in practice
Consumer credit providers in Australia have been eagerly awaiting ASIC’s updated regulatory guide on the responsible lending laws ( RG 209 ), which landed on 9 December 2019 and is another significant development in the understanding of these laws.