Class exemption will enable small businesses to collectively bargain* An ACCC class exemption due to commence in early 2021 will allow small businesses, franchisees and fuel retailers to collectively negotiate with their suppliers and processors, franchisor or fuel wholesaler respectively, without first having to seek ACCC approval. Businesses will be able to use the class exemption after the period for parliamentary disallowance expires in early 2021. This collective bargaining exemption is the first class exemption to be introduced by the ACCC. Although collective bargaining by small businesses generally does not harm competition, it involves competitors acting together, and those businesses therefore require some form of exemption to avoid the risk of breaching competition laws.
The Australian Competition Authority announces its first-class exemption ever aimed at fuel retailers to collectively negotiate with wholesalers
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