Insights Categories: Corporate & Commercial

Mar 5, 2021

INSIGHT: Privacy and External Dispute Resolution schemes: Limitations for healthcare credit providers

One of the intentions of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act) is to enable an effective credit reporting system while safeguarding the privacy of individuals. To ensure that credit providers are able to comply with their responsible lending obligations, Part IIIA of the Privacy Act sets out: the types of personal information that credit […]

Feb 25, 2021

INSIGHT: Major Insolvency Law Reform Enacted

Small to medium businesses can now restructure their way out of financial distress without having to ‘throw the baby out with the bathwater’. On 1 January 2021 the Corporations Amendment (Corporation Insolvency Reforms) Act 2020 (Cth) was passed, resulting in Australia’s most major insolvency law reform of the past 30 years. Restructuring Process The main […]

Feb 23, 2021

INSIGHT: Does your domain name meet the new trade mark eligibility rules?

From 12 April 2021, there will be new rules for ownership of .com.au and .net.au domain names. The new rules are designed to (among other things) enhance trust in the .au namespaces. The changes being implemented from 12 April 2021 include changes to: eligibility and allocation rules for .com.au, .net.au, .org.au and .asn.au domains the […]

Feb 15, 2021

INSIGHT: Reinstatement of thresholds and other FIRB changes

Major changes to Australia’s foreign investment regime came into effect on 1 January 2021, through two pieces of legislation: the Foreign Investment Reform (Protecting Australia’s National Security) Act 2020 (Cth) which amends the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975 (Cth) (the Act); and the Foreign Investment Reform (Protecting Australia’s National Security) Regulations 2020 (Cth) which […]

Feb 10, 2021

INSIGHT: How small businesses can utilise the ACCC’s new collective bargaining class exemption

Small and medium businesses will have the ability to collectively bargain with their suppliers once the first ever class exemption granted by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) commences this month. Key takeaways The ACCC announced that a class exemption will be granted to certain businesses to allow them to collectively negotiate with suppliers, […]

Dec 4, 2020

INSIGHT: New Zealand’s Privacy Act Overhaul

On 1 December 2020, the Privacy Act 2020 (NZ) (the NZ Privacy Act), repealed and replaced the Privacy Act 1993 (NZ). The NZ Privacy Act better aligns the privacy law in New Zealand (NZ) with international best practice. Importantly, for Australian residents and organisations, it means greater security and accountability for cross-border flow of personal […]

Sep 14, 2020

INSIGHT: Pharmacy relocation – tips for navigating the critical steps

The need to relocate an existing pharmacy can arise for a variety of reasons. Meridian has recently advised pharmacies moving within the same shopping centre (for example, to take advantage of a larger sized shop), and a pharmacy in a medical centre moving to a new location along with the medical practice. While moving from […]

Sep 9, 2020

INSIGHT: Key insights from July 2020 OAIC Notifiable Data Breaches Report

The Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme was introduced in February 2018 to improve consumer protection and security relating to personal information. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) recently released its half-yearly Notifiable Data Breaches Report (NDBR) for the period from 1 January to 30 July 2020. The NDBR provides detail around the causes […]

Aug 20, 2020

INSIGHT: Safe Sleep and Rest Policies

Education and care providers will be aware that they are under a duty to adequately supervise children both when they are awake, and when they are asleep. Providers are also under duty to take every reasonable precaution to protect children from harm and hazard, and to ensure that their policies are being followed. The content […]

Apr 1, 2020

INSIGHT: Bushfire Emergency Declaration

The Privacy (Australian Bushfires Disaster) Emergency Declaration (No 1) 2020 came into force on 20 January 2020 in response to bushfires in Australia resulting in death, injury and property damage occurring from August 2019 into 2020. The Emergency Declaration will expire on 20 January 2021. The Emergency Declaration was made under Part VIA of Privacy […]

Sep 4, 2019

INSIGHT: Family Day Care – Compliance and Policies and Procedures

Approved providers of family day care services will be aware that their State Regulatory Authority is responsible for regulating early childhood education and care services and for enforcing compliance with the Education and Care Services National Law (National Law) and the Education and Care Services National Regulations (National Regulations) applicable in each State. It is […]

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