Social Media in the Workplace: Pitfall for Employers
Social media, considered an ingenious invention by many, is increasingly becoming a necessary tool for most companies and organisations in the expansion, marketing and networking of their business. However, despite the wonders of social media with its ease of accessibility, existence beyond work hours and speed of light communication, its use is not without risk, particularly in workplaces. Management of these risks by employers is crucial to maintain control over the numerous consequences that arise from the unrestricted and undefined use of social media by employees, most of which have a negative impact on businesses.
Protecting Your Brand from Parallel Importation
Brand owners have long been concerned about the competition created by goods containing trade marks legitimately purchased in another market and imported and sold in another market for which those goods are not authorised, otherwise known as 'parallel importation'.
Employment Agreements - Concessional Superannuation Cap Warning
There are a number of reasons why the terms of an employment agreement should be reviewed and updated from time to time. One good reason why the terms of a senior employee's employment agreement should be reviewed prior to 1 July 2012, is to ensure that the concessional superannuation contributions which are made by the employer on behalf of the employee, either under the terms of the employment agreement or under a salary sacrifice arrangement, do not cause the employee to become liable for penalty tax.
Online Trade Mark Infringement International Hair Cosmetic Group Pty Ltd v International Hair Cosmetics Limited  FCA 339
In International Hair Cosmetic Group Pty Ltd v International Hair Cosmetics Limited  FCA 339 (IHC Case), Justice Logan of the Federal Court held that the use of an Australian registered trade mark on the website www.affinage.com which was operated by a United Kingdom–based business, constituted use of the trade mark in Australia.
Sales and Marketing Law - Australia - Tricks of the Trade Practices Act*
Two decisions of the Federal Court of Australia provide recent examples of business conduct that may contravene provisions of the Trade Practices Act ("TPA") and highlight for businesses certain activities which should be avoided.
Strata-Titled Properties – When Use of a Building Name Can Infringe Registered Trade Marks – The Mantra Decision
The 26 March 2010 decision of the Federal Court of Australia in Mantra Group Pty Ltd v Tailly Pty Ltd (No 2)  FCA 291 (Mantra Case) demonstrates the importance of property developers and managers having registered trade marks.