Almost a year after the Corporations Amendment (Crowd-sourced Funding) Act 2017 (Cth) came into force, public unlisted companies are taking advantage of the reduced regulatory requirements applied to crowd-sourced funding. We take a look at how companies become eligible to use the new regime.
‘Blowing the whistle’ – after a lengthy consultation phase, the draft Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Whistleblower Protections) Bill 2017 (Cth) (Bill) is currently before Parliament having gone through two readings. The aim of the Bill is to create a comprehensive and concise whistleblower protection regime within the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (Corporations Act) that extends to the private sector and, in particular, to the corporate, financial and credit industries. Is your corporation, and more importantly are your staff, ready for the changes?
Foreign Bribery…can impede economic development by skewing competition…[it] corrodes good governance and undermines the rule of law” (the Senate). In part three, we discuss why the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Combatting Corporate Crime) Bill 2017 (Cth) ( Bill) came into effect, whether the Bill puts Australia on an equal footing to combat foreign bribery in the international arena, and whether there is room for improvement or amendment.
In a global marketplace, businesses risk reputational damage and losing consumer conﬁdence and market share if they are found to have modern slavery practices within their business or supply chains. But there are some simple steps that can help business prepare for the passage of the Australian modern slavery legislation.