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ACCC successful with Employsure appeal

by | Aug 19, 2021 | Fair Work, News

In 2018, the ACCC commenced proceedings against Employsure alleging that it had engaged in deceptive conduct, misleading consumers through its google ads which seemed to suggest that it had affiliations with Government agencies – the Fair Work Ombudsman and the Fair Work Commission.

On 1 October 2020, a Federal Court judge ruled against the ACCC but now, on appeal, the Full Federal Court has unanimously ruled in favour of the ACCC.

The Google Ads, published between August 2016 and August 2018, featured headlines such as ‘Fair Work Ombudsman Help – Free 24/7 Employer Advice’ and ‘Fair Work Commission Advice – Free Employer Advice’ and appeared in response to search terms such as ‘fair work ombudsman’.

The Full Court found that Employsure’s Google Ads were misleading in large part because of the use of the government agency names in the largest and most prominent typeface, and because the ads omitted any reference whatsoever to Employsure.

They are still running the Google ads but without the Government authority references.

Employsure has also been prosecuted in the NSW courts for unfair contracts and we have come across numerous businesses which have had difficulty getting out of those contracts.

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You can see the full ACCC statement on the Employsure case here.  

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