News

Pollution Spills

POLLUTION SPILLS Immediate notification now obligatory New laws have been put in place in NSW, following last year’s Orica chemical leaks, making much stricter rules for reporting pollution incidents. The new laws make directors and managers of organisations liable if pollution incidents are not notified immediately to relevant regulatory authorities. “Immediately” is not defined, but…
Read more

Consumer Protection

CONSUMER PROTECTION Tougher laws now regulate warranties against defects Businesses need to come to grips with new consumer laws to provide warranties against defects with their products. From 1 January 2012, new consumer regulations require all manufacturers, importers and retailers to provide warranties against defects to consumers. Penalties can reach a maximum $1.1 million for…
Read more

Road Rules

ROAD RULES Heavy vehicle signage found to be outside the rules The NSW Supreme Court has questioned the legality of heavy vehicle signage, which may render unsafe past convictions for contravention of these signs. Heavy vehicles are compelled by signage to enter heavy vehicle checking stations for assessment of their suitability to carry loads. In…
Read more

Social Networking

SOCIAL NETWORKING Can you control it? Social media is a double-edged sword. Businesses are increasingly starting to use it for marketing purposes but also face the risks of their employees abusing it, either at work or through comments they or their friends post online. Facebook has more than 500 million active users; 200 million of…
Read more