Legal matters



New Greens leader sets her sights on “progressive business”

4:40PM | Friday, 13 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Newly elected Australian Greens leader Christine Milne wants to work with “progressive business” to tackle climate change, following the shock resignation of former leader Bob Brown.

COSBOA calls for system to measure impact of regulation

4:29PM | Thursday, 12 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Small business lobbyists have used an inaugural business forum to call for regulatory reform, including measuring the impact of regulation on small business.

Apple co-founder says patent wars will hurt start-ups

4:30PM | Tuesday, 10 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The number of intellectual property lawsuits being filed by major tech companies could prevent future entrepreneurs from achieving success, according to Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Red tape ties up the lines at Small Business Support Line

4:08PM | Tuesday, 10 April 2012 | Cara Waters

The government’s Small Business Support Line spends most of its time fielding calls about government red tape, according to usage figures provided by the service.

Incentives replace concessions for R&D

4:25PM | Monday, 2 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

AusIndustry has released guidelines to help businesses understand the registration requirements for the R&D Tax Incentive, including advice on how to complete applications.

Banks call for Saturday afternoons and Sundays to be “ordinary working hours”

4:16PM | Monday, 2 April 2012 | Cara Waters

Australia’s major banks are pushing for the definition of ordinary working hours to be extended to include Saturday afternoons and all of Sundays.

Flexible contracts a risk for employers

3:59PM | Wednesday, 28 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Employers who fail to obtain employees’ consent when implementing workplace changes could face litigation, according to a workplace law specialist.

Five key policies from Campbell Newman

3:50PM | Monday, 26 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Newly elected Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has wasted no time settling into the job, meeting with senior bureaucrats to outline his priorities, including a jobless target of just 4%.

Five credit checks you must make on new customers

3:07PM | Monday, 26 March 2012 | Oliver Milman

Could you afford it if a customer paid their bills late or went bankrupt? If not, here are five steps you must take to protect your business. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Stevie’s Scam School

3:40AM | Friday, 23 March 2012 | Oliver Milman

Stevie used to scam small businesses out of their hard earned cash. Luckily, he is now a reformed character and is happy to share his inside knowledge to ensure you don’t get ripped off.

10 ways that scammers will try to sink your business

3:11PM | Thursday, 22 March 2012 | Oliver Milman

Reports of scams were up 35% in 2011, costing small businesses and consumers $85 million. To make sure your business isn’t next, here are 10 common scams you must be aware of. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Banning excessive card fees won’t hurt start-ups, expert says

3:05PM | Wednesday, 21 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Reserve Bank is considering a plan to ban businesses from imposing excessive credit card charges on customers, but an expert says the move wouldn’t affect many small businesses.

Retailers and web firms warned as $85 million is lost to fraud

3:58PM | Monday, 19 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Retailers, pet groomers and web designers are frequent targets for scams, an academic says, after the competition watchdog revealed more than $85 million was lost in business scams last year.

Small Business Minister Brendan O’Connor tight-lipped on tax ideas for small business, pledges to “advocate strongly” for sector

3:11PM | Monday, 19 March 2012 | Madeleine Heffernan

Brendan O'Connor, the newly appointed Small Business Minister, says any Government worth its salt should be providing opportunities to small business.

New corporate entity on the cards for small business

3:29PM | Friday, 16 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Federal Government may consider introducing a new corporate entity specifically for small businesses, which would give them access to some of the benefits that larger companies enjoy.

Hunt underway for first federal small business commissioner

3:46PM | Thursday, 15 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Small business experts are speculating on the role of the federal small business commissioner, including how it will differ from that of the small business minister and state commissioners.

Gillard rejects reports of Westfield carbon charge clause

3:41PM | Thursday, 15 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Shopping centre giant Westfield is reportedly introducing a charge clause in lease agreements for its retailers to offset the costs of the carbon tax, but Prime Minister Julia Gillard has rejected the claim.

Penny Wong remains tight-lipped on company tax cut start date

3:55PM | Wednesday, 14 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Federal Finance Minister Penny Wong is refusing to guarantee the July 1 start date for Labor’s company tax cuts, but Trade Minister Craig Emerson insists the measure will be in the Federal Budget.

Labor announces establishment of Small Business Commissioner

3:36PM | Wednesday, 14 March 2012 | Madeleine Heffernan

The Gillard Government has announced the establishment of a Federal Small Business Commissioner, which it says will act as an advocate for Australian small businesses.

IPA highlights three key areas that hinder Aussie entrepreneurs

3:07PM | Tuesday, 13 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Entrepreneurs are the key to boosting productivity, according to a research paper from the Institute of Public Affairs, but are held back by excessive regulation and taxes.