Changes to Australian Consumer Law;
Penalties for a company director; and
Is your intellectual property ready for summer?
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Not-for-Profit Law Notes - Emil Ford Lawyers
November/December 2016
Dear <<First Name>>,

This is the final edition of Not-for-Profit Law Notes for 2016.  In this edition we look at:
  • suggested changes to Australian Consumer Law and how this may affect your not-for-profit;
  • a recent decision of the Federal Circuit Court imposing penalties on a company director; and
  • a special offer for your Not-for-Profit to take an intellectual property fitness test.

Thank you for reading Not-for-Profit Law Notes throughout the year.  We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all the best for Christmas and the New Year.


David Ford

image of birthday cakeWe are pleased to announce that during 2017 Emil Ford Lawyers will be celebrating its centenary year!!  Emil Ford was a solicitor who established our law firm in 1917. It was then known as Emil E J Ford & Co. Emil lived at ‘Telerab’, Wakeford Road, Strathfield but set up our first office at 350 George Street, Sydney. We will be sharing with you further snippets of historical interest throughout 2017 so that you can celebrate with us. Hip hip hooray!
Suggested changes to Australian Consumer Law
What could this mean for Not-for-Profits?
Recommended changes to the Australian Consumer Law ("ACL") could bring much-needed clarity to the entire not-for-profit sector.

An amendment to Section 18 of the ACL to read that a person must not, in trade or commerce or in relation to fundraising activities, engage in conduct that is misleading or deceptive or is likely to mislead or deceive has been suggested. 
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Board Beware, Board Be Fair
Picture of Board MeetingIn a recent decision of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, penalties were imposed on a company director for breaches of the Fair Work Act, including:
  • failure to pay the minimum wage required under the relevant Award;
  • failure to pay casual loading;
  • failure to pay weekend penalty rates; and
  • failure to pay overtime.
Read more ...
Is Your Intellectual Property Ready for Summer?
image of guy doing pushupsAs summer approaches, many Australians are frantically preparing their “beach bod” for summer and our winter sports begin their pre-season training, whilst others set aside some time to bolster their Christmas pudding reserves.

With fitness on the mind, Emil Ford Lawyers offers an intellectual property fitness test. Intellectual property is far more than a cosmetic “six pack”, it is a vital part of an organisation’s health. 

For a fixed fee of $1,000 plus GST, we will provide a full review of your intellectual property protection using publicly available materials, including:
  • conducting trade mark searches of your key brands;
  • reviewing your domain name and searching for competing domain names;
  • reviewing a sample of publicly available materials and materials provided by you;
  • considering any databases used by you and advising on the collection of information including whether any further work is required to ensure compliance with the Privacy Act; and
  • advising on the steps that you can take to protect your intellectual property.

Organisations that undergo an intellectual property fitness test will receive a personalised report.

For more information, please contact Fred Chilton or Joseph O’Mara.
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