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Latest issue - Vol 15 (2017) - Issue 5

Australia’s franchisors face increased liability for protecting a franchisee’s 'vulnerable workers'

Corinne Attard, Holman Webb Lawyers, Sydney, Australia

On 15 September 2017 the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Act 2017 took effect in Australia. It makes important changes to the existing Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) that governs the rights of the majority of private sector employees in Australia. These changes strengthen further the existing robust protections for employees and will affect all businesses but in particular those in franchising and licensing.

Avoiding common mistakes in international franchising

Carl E. Zwisler, Gray Plant Mooty, Washington, D.C. and Beata Krakus, Greensfelder Hemker & Gale, Chicago

This is the sixth article in the series “Avoiding Common Mistakes in International Franchising.” In the following pages, the authors discuss supply chain and product adaptation issues, tariff and non-tariff trade barriers and related issues. In the context of how franchise parties should evaluate the feasibility and cost of supplying franchisees.

Recent Russian court decisions

Thomas Mundry and Natalya Babenkova, Noerr OOO, Moscow, Russia

Russian law provides for a reliable legal basis for franchise relationships. In the past years Russian courts have interpreted the law and improved legal certainty in that business area. Some new and interesting court decisions are commented below.

From the desk of the GC

Mark Abell, Bird & Bird, London, UK

An interview with Tanya Morrison, Director and General Counsel, Home Instead, Inc.