Tag Archives: franchising

Calls for strong leadership in franchising sector

Brumby’s Bakeries co-founder Michael Sherlock says he believes the Franchise Council of Australia (FCA) needs strong leadership and experienced franchise operators on its board to help steer the franchising sector from troubled waters. He says FCA Chair Bruce Billson, a former federal Liberal MP and small-business minister, has been ineffective …

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Another 7-Eleven franchisee to face court over cash-back scheme

A Brisbane-based 7-Eleven franchisee is alleged to have dismissed a worker by removing him from the roster after he refused his employer’s request to repay an amount he had been paid. Balaji Australia Pty Ltd and current director and shareholder Madhav Ponnada will also face the Federal Circuit Court on …

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New workplace laws to affect franchise arrangements

In March this year, the Australian Government introduced draft legislation into the Australian Parliament that intended to address recent widespread wage underpayment issues observed in several industries – including the fuel retail industry. Essentially, the new Protecting Vulnerable Workers Bill (2017) sought to make franchisors liable for breaches of employment law by …

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Expanding employer liability threatens franchise industry

The International Franchise Association (IFA) has warned lawmakers in Australia that the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 will cripple the Australian franchise industry and lead to fewer jobs and slower economic growth. “Australia is one of the world’s most franchised economies, and the proposed bill is threatening …

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