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Top five staff characteristics needed in your start-up

12:23PM | Monday, 3 December 2012 | Dorota Dopierala

The workforce of your company can be one of your greatest assets. Here are five keys to making sure your recruit the right staff for your start-up. BY DOROTA DOPIERALA.

Don’t take a casual approach to casual staff, start-ups warned

11:49PM | Thursday, 29 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A recruitment expert has warned start-ups to tread carefully with regard to casual staff, after a survey revealed more than a third of employers have increased their use of temporary workers over the past 12 months.

Five top tips on how to hire a developer

11:46PM | Friday, 16 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A serial entrepreneur has compiled a step-by-step guide for start-ups on how to hire developers, insisting start-ups need to recruit differently to big companies if they are to compete for talent.

Five Christmas slip-ups your business must avoid

11:45PM | Tuesday, 13 November 2012 | Greg Hayes

While Christmas can be a season of sales joy, it can also disrupt your regular trading and cashflow patterns. Here are five common festive season slip-ups you need to prepare for. BY GREG HAYES.

FWA orders compensation for employee sacked for head-butting a co-worker

11:17PM | Thursday, 8 November 2012 | Cara Waters

If you think an employee head-butting a colleague or farting on a co-worker’s face are grounds for an automatic dismissal, FWA says think again.

A smelly situation

11:43PM | Thursday, 8 November 2012 | Taskmaster

A case recently before Fair Work Australia has raised some critical questions about industrial relations in this country.

Airbnb sinks its teeth into local market after opening Sydney office

11:45PM | Friday, 2 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

US-based home rental service Airbnb has highlighted the growth of Australia’s tourism industry, after announcing plans to open an office in Sydney and recruit local talent to drive the brand.

Complaints to the Fair Work Ombudsman are soaring: Report

10:03PM | Tuesday, 30 October 2012 | Cara Waters

Complaints to the Fair Work Ombudsman are soaring, with the Ombudsman's annual report revealing there were 26,366 complaints in the past year, up from 21,890 during the previous year.

What would happen if you didn’t turn up to work?

10:15PM | Wednesday, 24 October 2012 | Greg Hayes

What would happen to your start-up if you were unable to work for a couple of months? By following these five simple steps, you can make sure your business will continue without you. BY GREG HAYES.

Childcare centre cops fine for pressuring pregnant employee to resign

10:09PM | Friday, 19 October 2012 | Cara Waters

A WA childcare business has been fined almost $20,000 in fines for pressuring a pregnant employee into resigning.

Unions dictate unfair dismissal reforms, business groups say

10:23PM | Tuesday, 16 October 2012 | Cara Waters

Businesses are critical of the limited change to unfair dismissal provisions announced by the Federal Government yesterday, claiming unions have been effectively given a veto right on reform.

Small wins for business on unfair dismissal laws

10:47PM | Monday, 15 October 2012 | Cara Waters

Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten today offered limited relief on unfair dismissal laws to business but the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry says the reforms are unlikely to go far enough.

Beware legal claims when checking out staff on social media, SMEs warned

10:19PM | Wednesday, 10 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

Small businesses have been warned they are risking potential lawsuits by placing too much emphasis on information they find out about employees’ private lives on social media.

Fair Work Ombudsman launches age discrimination prosecution

10:21PM | Tuesday, 9 October 2012 | Cara Waters

Welcome to Australian employment law: Where two laws are always better than one.

Properly train all your brand ambassadors

10:42PM | Tuesday, 9 October 2012 | Taskmaster

Like it or not, all of your staff will represent your brand. So make sure they’re properly trained for the job.

Time and cost of red tape on small businesses spiralling: Report

10:23PM | Friday, 5 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

Nearly three quarters of Australian small businesses spend longer complying with regulations than they did two years ago, according to a new study.

Eagle Boys franchisee fined $30,000 for underpaying staff, lack of experience blamed

10:19PM | Tuesday, 2 October 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Business inexperience rather than malice led to underpayment of employees by a NSW pizza franchisee.

On-demand car service Uber looks to assemble Sydney founding team

10:01PM | Monday, 1 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

US-based car service Uber is looking to hire Australian employees to launch the business locally, after announcing its plans to head to Sydney, and will offer equity options as part of the package.

Australia’s “overqualified” workforce could prompt start-up surge

9:42PM | Tuesday, 25 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australia’s start-up sector could see a surge in numbers as disheartened employees quit their jobs in pursuit of a challenge, with a report revealing 45% of Australian workers feel overqualified for their job.

Three quarters of SMEs set to ramp up recruitment: Report

9:11PM | Wednesday, 19 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Almost three quarters of Australian small businesses plan to recruit more staff in the coming 12 months, new research shows.

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