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Kicking off a successful franchise partnership (or, not making the worst decision of your life)

Further review of the food franchise sector has revealed major shortcomings in the industry once again. The ACCC’s Disclosure Practices in Food Franchising report (August 2019) revealed that many of the issues associated with information sharing can be avoided during the early stages of a franchising partnership. The report details some simple steps that can be taken to improve franchise outcomes. These guidelines not only help franchisors avoid breaching the Franchising Code and/or Australian Consumer Law but allow franchisees to make more informed business decisions. It is amazing to see how many franchisees have jumped into what might be one of the biggest decisions of their lives without

Changes to Penalty Rates

Penalty rates will change in the latter part of this year as a result of a 2017 Fair Work Commission decision. The changes affect those covered by the General Retail, Fast Food, Restaurant, Pharmacy, and Hospitality Industry Awards, but don’t impact those employed under an Enterprise Bargaining Agreement. Under the new changes, Sunday and Public Holiday penalty rates have been reduced by 10-15% with changes expected to continue into 2020. The amendments were designed to encourage retailers to hire more staff. The extent of the changes differs depending on industry and hours. For specific information regarding a particular industry, visit the Fair Work website or give us a call.

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