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Sep 27, 2016

SMALL TRUCKING PROTECTION * Australia: Against unfair terms in standard contracts

* ACT - ATA’s Contract checklist for small businesses

--- The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has released an exclusive contract checklist and supporting information about the new protections for small businesses against unfair terms in standard contracts... ATA says the checklist responds to lengthy payment terms faced by trucking businesses, as well as concerns that small operators lack the power and information to negotiate balanced contracts with their customers... It covers contract issues related to: 
 ° The Heavy Vehicle National Law and WA chain of responsibility (COR) contract requirements ° Pricing and payment terms 
° Liability for consequential loss 
° Indemnities, limitation and release clauses 
° Force majeure and more. 

 ... Some small trucking operators find themselves signing whatever is required to get a job, without being able to weigh what the contract could mean for their business, ATA chief executive Christopher Melham says... The new protections for small businesses against unfair terms in standard contracts will come into force on November 12... The protections will apply to businesses with fewer than 20 employees that agree to standard form contracts where the upfront price does not exceed either $300,000 or $1 million if the contract is for more than 12 months... 
(Photo: Owner-driver truckies converge on Parliament House in Canberra in protest at the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal)   --  Canberra, ACT, Australia - ATN - 26 Sept 2016

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