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It is understandable that a company headhunting prospective employees may be inclined to make statements that suggest working for their organisation will be lucrative. However, a company should exercise caution when making statements about its financial position and conveying forecasts about its future profitability and job security. This is especially important when recruiting high-level employees whose remuneration is not fixed and depends on the profitability of the company.

If you operate in the automotive, franchise, food and grocery, government procurement, agriculture, health and medical fields, are a small business (or contract with a small business), provide products subject to consumer guarantees under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL), or have to undertake a product recall, you could be in the sights of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in 2016.

“Businesses are expected to take appropriate and effective steps to ensure that their staff understand the rights of consumers and the obligations of businesses under the consumer guarantees provided by the Australian Consumer Law,” Dr Schaper said.

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