Overview -

There have been several franchising developments since our last update in February.

This edition discusses:

- minimising the risks when marketing through social media

- comments from the ACCC regarding changes to the Franchising Code, in particular pecuniary penalties

- information regarding the ACCC's new Guidelines on its use of infringement notices

- renewed interest in bullying – something that affects all employers

- the move to the enforcement phase of the Unfair Contract Terms legislation

- an update regarding privacy laws

- an injunction granted to a franchisor to deal with a rogue franchisee defection in New Zealand.

Those interested in expanding overseas or already operating overseas, may be interested to know that in the last two months, K&L Gates have added two more offices, Delaware and Houston, as well as significantly expanding our Hong Kong and Palo Alto offices.

Please see full alert below for more information.

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