Servcorp slapped with ACCC action over unfair small business contract terms

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) watchdog instituted proceedings on 15 September 2017 against Servcorp and two of its subsidiaries over alleged unfair terms, including automatically renewing contracts and allowing Servcorp to unilaterally increase the contract price after renewal and without prior notice. Unfair contract terms A term of a small business contract is ‘unfair’ if: (a)    It would cause…

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Excessive credit card surcharge ban now applies to all businesses

From September 1, all Australian businesses will be banned from slugging customers with excessive surcharges for using EFTPOS and credit cards to pay for purchases. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said the ban, which has been in effect for large businesses since last September, will extend to all businesses that are either based in…

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Growing recognition of the value of engaging small law firm

  In recent years, there has been a growing recognition by the wider community and the legal industry that when it comes to legal disputes, many small firms can operate effectively in the same space as much larger big-brand firms and at a fraction of the cost. There appears to be a number of factors…

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Directors and managers are not immune from the Fair Work Ombudsman

Fair Work Ombudsman initiated proceedings: Directors and managers are not immune from the Fair Work Ombudsman The Fair Work Ombudsman is a statutory office established under the Fair Work Act. It has a number of functions, including: Promoting harmonious, productive and cooperative workplace relations and compliance with Commonwealth workplace laws and instruments; Helping parties attempt…

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