Commercial Law
Free Trade Zone - breaking chance

Employment Law
Modern Award - franchisee alert

Property Law
Sunset Clause - facing intersection

Since Shanghai Free Trade Zone was launched since September 2013, more restrictions have been lifted and certain foreign investors may establish a wholly foreign-owned enterprise without partnering with a Chinese company. Virtual offices and simplied procedures offer Australian small business an opportunity to rival at international market with minimum costs
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Franchisees should be aware that regardless of what is agreed in the franchise agreement, they must ensure their  employees' pay and conditions are in compliance with National Employment Standards and the relevant modern award, or if applicable, any enterprise agreement. This is further forwshadowed by Federal Circuit Court in recent Pyrah case (read  case summary ). 
NSW Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Victor Dominello attempts to introduce to parliament legislative reforms that will impose onus on developers to justify any sunset clause prior to termination of an off-the-plan contract. Such legislation is proposed to apply to all contracts that are in operation and it may have retrospective effect if enacted (read news)
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