Legal matters



SMEs urged to speak out on NSW small business commissioner role

6:21PM | Friday, 15 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Small businesses are being encouraged to have their say on proposed legislation to support the role of the NSW small business commissioner, two weeks after the NSW Opposition slammed the lack of legislation for the role.

Group buying body releases global code of conduct

6:07PM | Friday, 15 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Group buying sites can now choose to be held accountable on a global scale, with the release of the first global code of conduct, seven months after the release of an Australian code of conduct.

ACCI calls on employers to consider mature-age workers

6:43PM | Friday, 15 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has launched a campaign for mature-wage workers alongside Business SA, as statistics show older workers are increasingly overlooked.

Business conditions hit three-year low: Survey

6:03PM | Tuesday, 12 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Business conditions are at their weakest level in three years, according to the NAB Monthly Business Survey, with pressure mounting on the Federal Government to offer some relief.

LinkedIn security breach: Here’s a top password tip

6:18PM | Thursday, 7 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups have been urged to use a simple trick to ensure the security of their password, after six million LinkedIn passwords were reportedly leaked online.

VC firm Kleiner Perkins denies claims of sexual harassment, discrimination

6:26PM | Wednesday, 6 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

US-based venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers has denied allegations made by a former partner, who is suing the company for sexual harassment and gender discrimination.

Avoiding the legal glare when moonlighting

6:22PM | Monday, 4 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Many entrepreneurs plan or even launch their next venture before they leave their old job. However, non-disclosure agreements and workplace codes of conduct can make moonlighting legally risky. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Business groups voice dismay over minimum wage increase

6:00AM | Monday, 4 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Industry groups have slammed the decision by Fair Work Australia to increase the national minimum wage by $17.10 a week, warning it will impose a major burden on small businesses.

NSW Opposition introduces small business commissioner bill

6:13PM | Friday, 1 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The NSW Opposition has introduced a bill to give the state’s small business commissioner “real teeth”, amid criticism that the role at state and federal levels is virtually meaningless.

Business licences in Victoria

6:00AM | Friday, 1 June 2012 | Andrew Sadauskas

Does your start-up have all the business licences you need? Do you comply with all the relevant state government regulations?

Subway franchisee accused of underpaying workers more than $50,000

5:50PM | Thursday, 31 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A Subway franchisee is in hot water for allegedly underpaying 11 staff by more than $50,000, with an industry expert warning that franchisors should ensure their franchisees receive proper legal information.

goCatch settles rift with NSW Taxi Council

5:26PM | Wednesday, 30 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The co-founder of taxi app goCatch says the start-up has settled its differences with the NSW Taxi Council, almost one year after the council said the app compromises passenger safety.

Company director banned for 15 years after duping retirees

5:44PM | Wednesday, 30 May 2012 | Patrick Stafford

The ACCC has fined and banned a company director who fleeced elderly investors out of thousands of dollars.

ACCC guide reveals do’s and don’ts of carbon price claims

5:50PM | Monday, 28 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups now have no excuse for breaking the rules with regard to the carbon tax, after the competition watchdog launched an updated guide and a series of videos on carbon price claims.

The National Business Name Register: All you need to know

5:10PM | Monday, 28 May 2012 | Oliver Milman

The introduction of the Business Name Register has significantly changed how business names are registered. StartupSmart examines what this means for your business. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

AOL squatter serves as reminder for moonlighting entrepreneurs

5:21PM | Friday, 25 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Entrepreneurs are being urged to be wary of using employers’ time and resources to pursue other business interests, after a young entrepreneur spent two months living at AOL before being detected.

RBA first small business finance roundtable finds SMEs hit hardest by financial crisis

5:36PM | Thursday, 24 May 2012 | Cara Waters

The Reserve Bank hosted its first small business finance roundtable on Tuesday, with the aim of better understanding how the small business sector is financed.

We put Small Business Minister Brendan O’Connor under the start-up spotlight

5:14PM | Tuesday, 22 May 2012 | Oliver Milman

During a recent visit to Melbourne, Federal Small Business Minister Brendan O’Connor agreed to a chat with StartupSmart. This is what he had to say about the big issues facing your business. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

ACCC warns of hefty fines for price-fixing clothing importers

5:32PM | Friday, 18 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The competition watchdog says it will investigate fashion importers who are asking retail sites to inflate prices for Australian shoppers, warning suppliers could face multimillion dollar fines.

Billy Baxter’s franchisees win $1.22 million in damages

5:48PM | Tuesday, 15 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A franchisee couple has been awarded $1.22 million in damages after a successful appeal against franchisor Billy Baxter’s, prompting an expert to highlight the importance of site selection.