Legal matters



Five things you may not know about the Fair Work Act

6:55PM | Tuesday, 26 June 2012 | Oliver Milman

Three years after the introduction of Fair Work, it remains a mystery to 90% of businesses. If you’re still not sure of your obligations, here are five key points you must be aware of. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

One in four SME bosses threatened by employee legal action: Survey

6:00AM | Monday, 25 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Fair Work Act has again come under fire after a survey revealed more than 25% of small business managers have been threatened with legal action by a disgruntled employee.

Five intellectual property mistakes start-ups must avoid

6:53PM | Thursday, 21 June 2012 | Oliver Milman

Alarming new statistics reveal that 70% of all micro businesses have no intellectual property protection. If you’ve worked hard to develop your big business idea, here are five mistakes you can’t afford to make. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Apple fined $2.25 million over misleading iPad 4G ads

6:35PM | Thursday, 21 June 2012 | Oliver Milman

Apple has been fined $2.25 million by the Federal Court for misleading “many hundreds of thousands” of consumers and business owners by claiming its latest iPad was compatible with Australian 4G-LTE networks.

Seven in 10 Aussie micro businesses have no IP protection: ABS

6:29PM | Tuesday, 19 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Almost 70% of businesses with zero to four staff use no intellectual property protection methods, according to an alarming Australian Bureau of Statistics report.

How an angry resignation letter sparked a landmark defamation case

6:27PM | Monday, 18 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Employers have been urged to regularly audit their workplace culture to avoid legal battles, after a woman was ordered to pay her former boss damages after circulating a scathing email.

ACCC launches hotline for carbon price claims

6:18PM | Monday, 18 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Small businesses unsure about carbon price claims can now access a dedicated hotline, designed to make it easier for consumers and business to complain if they suspect a price claim is false.

A Q&A on what the Greek election means for small businesses

6:52PM | Monday, 18 June 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Greece looks like it has a new government, so what happens now?

eBay sellers under scrutiny amid Centrelink fraud crackdown

6:45PM | Friday, 15 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian eBay sellers have been put on notice after Centrelink confirmed it is cracking down on people who receive benefits while making large profits on the online selling platform.

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.