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Building continues on 2016 construction legislation and code

22-02-17 | Last week we reported on the amendments to the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2016 (Cth). These changes commenced from Friday 17 February and reduce the two-year transition period for enterprise agreement (EA) content rules by more than a year.

Sparke Helmore Lawyers and Jarman McKenna to merge

17-02-17 | On 1 March 2017, Sparke Helmore Lawyers and Jarman McKenna will merge and be known as Sparke Helmore Lawyers. The deal will see two leading Australian law firms combine to provide deep national insurance law capability and coverage for insurers, underwriters, re-insurers, brokers, agents and insureds doing business in Australia.

Tick-tock—deadline for building code compliance brought forward

17-02-17 | Two months on from the commencement of the Code for Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016, the Senate has passed legislation to reduce the two-year transition period for enterprise agreement content rules.

Crowd sourced funding soon to become a reality

16-02-17 | The Corporations Amendment (Crowd Sourced Funding) Bill 2016 (Cth) has passed the House of Representatives and entered the Senate. The Senate Economics Legislation Committee Report was tabled for consideration on 13 February 2017 and the Committee recommended the Bill be enacted.

Get ready—2017 is set to be the year for mandatory reporting of data breaches

14-02-17 | After many years of stops and starts, the Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Bill 2016 (Cth) passed the Senate on 13 February 2016 and is now waiting assent.

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