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FWO issues Christmas warning about underpaying workers

12:45PM | Wednesday, 12 December 2012 | Cara Waters

Bill Shorten and the Fair Work Ombudsman are warning employers about shortchanging employees on holiday pay rates.

How to get the right boardroom dynamic

12:50PM | Tuesday, 11 December 2012 | James Beck and Geoffrey Kiel

Are you looking to set up your first board of directors? There are eight key factors you need to look out for. BY JAMES BECK and GEOFFREY KIEL.

Insolvencies rise in October, but Christmas could bring a reprieve

12:17PM | Tuesday, 11 December 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Insolvency experts predict many businesses might hang on through Christmas but could struggle in the new year.

Five ways the business Grinch could strike this year

12:54PM | Monday, 10 December 2012 | Oliver Milman

The festive season is nearly here. However, from the taxman to the annual Christmas party, there are five potential traps that you need to look out for. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Royal prank will cost Austereo “hundreds of thousands” amidst global outrage

12:52PM | Monday, 10 December 2012 | Cara Waters

The royal prank call that went tragically wrong has sparked a worldwide social media storm, with radio network Austereo suspending all advertising on 2Day FM.

The Grinch that stole your Christmas party

12:28PM | Friday, 7 December 2012 | Taskmaster

Did you know that the courts will treat everything that happens during your Christmas Party as if it happened in your office on Monday morning? If not, you need to prepare.

SMEs back Coalition, anticipate weak economy: SME Directions Survey

12:13PM | Thursday, 6 December 2012 | James Thomson

The third bi-annual SME Direction survey, sponsored by WHK Group & Crowe Horwath, reveals 57.3% of SMEs would vote for the Coalition if the poll was held now, compared to 11.2% for Labor.

How divorce can cause a messy split in your business

12:06AM | Thursday, 6 December 2012 | Greg Hayes

Despite the best intentions, many marriages don’t last “until death do us part”. However, the end of your marriage need not mean the end of your business. BY GREG HAYES.

Government attacked over business name register privacy fears

12:11PM | Wednesday, 5 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Opposition has accused the Federal Government of breaking “yet another promise” by failing to remedy the issue of home-based business owners’ personal addresses appearing on the National Business Names Register.

COSBOA attacks Ken Phillips' claims that it's controlled by big tobacco

12:05PM | Tuesday, 4 December 2012 | Cara Waters

COSBOA has fought back against claims made by its former chairman, Ken Phillips, that the organisation is controlled by tobacco companies.

Start-ups put on festive notice following gift card warning

12:51PM | Monday, 3 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups planning to offer gift cards this Christmas have been urged to include all the necessary information, after the NSW fair trading minister issued a warning to consumers over misrepresentation.

Beware of the banker

12:21PM | Monday, 3 December 2012 | Taskmaster

Earlier today, Taskmaster Enterprises received an email purportedly coming from one of the big four banks. For good reason, Old Taskmaster was wary.

Get your business ready for a hot summer

11:51PM | Friday, 30 November 2012 | Taskmaster

The start of summer is upon us. At this time of year, carrying out this simple task could save your business – and your life.

Parliamentary inquiry again calls for small business banking code

11:20PM | Friday, 30 November 2012 | Cara Waters

The Australian Bankers Association is under pressure to adopt a small business banking code of conduct or face new regulations.

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.

No soup for you? Think again!

11:08PM | Thursday, 29 November 2012 | Taskmaster

Customers don’t care how bad your day has been; what they care about is good service.

Claims of a "tick and flick" approach by the ATO

11:54PM | Wednesday, 28 November 2012 | Cara Waters

A whistle-blower has made claims the ATO has neglected assessing cases by merit and adopted a quota criteria instead.

Innovation “front of mind” for family firms: Deloitte

11:59PM | Tuesday, 27 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Innovation is “front of mind” for family businesses, according to Deloitte Private, which has highlighted the increasingly crucial role of the sector as part of a federal parliamentary inquiry.

Rags to riches to rags again?

11:39PM | Friday, 23 November 2012 | James Thomson

SmartCompany editor James Thomson took time out from his busy schedule to talk to Today Tonight about the debt problems suffered by Nathan Tinkler, the former tradie who became Australia’s youngest billionaire.

NSW Government (finally) moves to formalise small business commissioner role

11:48PM | Thursday, 22 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The NSW Government has introduced legislation to establish the state’s first small business commissioner as a statutory officer, more than a year after the role was created and filled.

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