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4 leasing risks to avoid


Should you hold the lease of your franchisees’ business premises? The decision involves several commercial and financial considerations of the risks.  Many franchisors decide to hold leases of business premises

5 vital tips for your joint venture


A joint venture is an arrangement between two or more individuals or companies. It is generally used to achieve a specific, one-off, goal or endeavour. Each joint venture is a unique

8 future-proof due diligence steps


Purchasing a franchise can be a daunting and unknown process for many prospective franchisees.  Too often franchisees bypass the vital task of conducting their own due diligence prior to buying

The washup on the Geowash case: what franchisors need to know


The ACCC has successfully prosecuted former hand car wash and detailing franchisor Geowash in the Federal Court for acting unconscionably, making false or misleading representations and breaching the Franchising Code

Migrant worker underpayment could lead to jail time


Employers who deliberately engage in employee wage fraud may face jail time under a Morrison government plan to target migrant worker underpayment and exploitation. Kelly O’Dwyer, Industrial Relations Minister gave

3 must-avoid franchisee legal mistakes


Want to avoid costly franchisee legal mistakes? When you are assessing a franchise venture, you may find yourself looking at your potential expenses, searching for any opportunity to reduce costs.

What can franchise owners do to protect workers from exploitation


A teenager’s first job can be deeply rewarding, a step towards independence and building skills. But that job may also involve an early taste of exploitative workplace behaviours, including abuse, bullying and harassment.

ACCC to clamp down on food service franchise sector


The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has revealed plans to target the café, restaurant and take away food services industries in its next proposed round of Franchising Code (the Code) compliance audits.

Assessing risk: The prospective franchisee’s responsibility


There is no doubting that 2018 was a difficult year for the franchise sector, and with the impending results of the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Franchising Code of Conduct set to be handed down in February, 2019 is shaping as a year destined for sector change.

Termination of Pizza Hut agreements “overwhelmingly positive”


More than 4000 workers at fast food chain Pizza Hut are set to receive penalty rates for the first time in 30 years, following a decision handed by the Fair Work Commission (FWC).