Enterprise agreement “opt-out clauses” are not a safe bet – put flexibility inside the agreement instead

Different ways of rewarding high-performing, senior or specialist employees can be eroded when enterprise agreements require all covered employees to be treated in the same way. One solution is to allow some employees to opt out o...

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Two Years On, Are you Effectively Dealing with Modern Awards?

Employers, some of whom have employees that are covered by a modern award for the first time as a result of the wider reach of the new system, have had time to familiarise themselves with the new system, and have had to determine ...

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New Customs Licensing Conditions to be a Subject of CBFCA Member Forums in July

There has been significant interest in the new conditions which the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (“Customs”) is imposing on those it licenses including licensed customs brokers, warehouse operators and depo...

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Customs turns attention to those operating licensed premises

In recent updates, we have referred to the actions by the Minister for Home Affairs and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (“Customs”) in response to perceived problems with crime, corruption and security at ...

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Full Federal Court Rules on “substitutability” in TCO Matters

Some readers would be aware of extensive recent litigation on the availability of tariff concession orders (“TCOs”) in relation to “reach” and “lift” trucks which litigation has had broader consequences for the law rel...

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Investigation into Alleged Subsidies and Dumping of Aluminium Road Wheels

The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (“Customs”) has been conducting an investigation into alleged dumping and subsidies relating to the export of aluminium road wheels (“ARW”) from the PRC to Australia. Cu...

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