Legal matters



Billy Baxter’s franchisees face uncertain future

7:31PM | Wednesday, 25 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

UPDATE: Restaurant franchise Billy Baxter’s faces an uncertain future after it was revealed it has been placed into provisional liquidation, as it struggles to pay a $1.2 million damages claim.

New credit card reforms: What your start-up needs to know

7:40PM | Tuesday, 24 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Do you use a credit card in your start-up? If so, you need to be familiar with the credit card reforms that came into force on July 1, and what these changes mean for your start-up. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Billy Baxter’s under fire for failing to pay $1.2 million damages claim

7:00AM | Monday, 23 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A former franchisee has spoken out about his legal battle with South Australian restaurant franchise Billy Baxter’s, which is facing a winding-up application over a $1.2 million damages claim.

A floating fortress of start-ups

7:37AM | Friday, 20 July 2012 | Oliver Milman

Faced with what he saw as an “archaic” US visa system for overseas entrepreneurs, Blueseed co-founder Max Marty is doing the obvious thing – situating a large, live-in cruise ship filled with start-ups, 12 nautical miles off the coast of California.

ATO highlights focus areas for 2012/13: Sham contracting high on its list

7:36PM | Thursday, 19 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Australian Taxation Office has released its 2012/13 compliance program, with information for individuals and micro enterprises, prompting another warning about sham contracting.

Nationals senator calls for a small business and farming ombudsman

7:15PM | Thursday, 19 July 2012 | Cara Waters

Nationals Senator John Williams wants a small business and farming ombudsman in a bid to combat price pressure being placed on suppliers by the major supermarkets.

Coffee and chocolate chain Oliver Brown collapses

7:38PM | Wednesday, 18 July 2012 | Cara Waters

Coffee and chocolate chain Oliver Brown has collapsed because of a dispute between a director and shareholder.

Qld business commissioner sacking slammed as “backward step”

7:35PM | Tuesday, 17 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Queensland Government’s decision to scrap its business commissioner role is a “backward step”, according to small business lobbyist Peter Strong.

Retail group outlines agenda for first Retail Council meeting

7:01PM | Monday, 16 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The GST threshold and parcel processing flaws are among the issues the Australian Retailers Association will discuss at the first meeting of the Retail Council of Australia later this week.

Hairdressing salons in hot water for discrimination, underpayments

7:57PM | Monday, 16 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Hairdressing salons are being urged to review their workplace obligations after the Fair Work Ombudsman fined a Perth salon for discriminating against a disabled, pregnant employee.

Online retail boom sees credit card fraud soar

7:07PM | Friday, 13 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Australian Bankers’ Association has issued a stark warning to merchants and consumers over payment fraud, with new data showing credit card fraud is surging as online retail booms.

Judge slaps Energy Watch with $1.95 million fine

7:32PM | Friday, 13 July 2012 | Cara Waters

The Federal Court has found failed utility broker Energy Watch and its former chief executive Ben Polis made false and misleading representations in advertising campaigns and ordered payment by Energy Watch of $1.95 million.

NSW transport company Happy Cabby accused of sham contracting

7:30PM | Thursday, 12 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The operators of a NSW transport business face substantial fines after the Fair Work Ombudsman launched a prosecution against them, alleging they were involved in sham contracting activity.

Carbon tax-related complaints about small business “generally low”: ACCC

7:26PM | Thursday, 12 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The competition watchdog says it has received 630 complaints and enquiries about the carbon tax, but insists the number of complaints about small businesses has “generally been low”.

ACCC issues warning over franchise income claims

7:53AM | Wednesday, 11 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The competition watchdog is urging prospective franchisees to check and substantiate claims made about potential income, following complaints in the cleaning and home services industry.

Company collapses imperil independent subcontractors

7:37PM | Monday, 9 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A debt recovery specialist has highlighted the perils of operating as a subcontractor, particularly in the construction industry, in light of the recent collapses of various construction companies.

Brumby’s carbon tax controversy prompts franchisee legal warning

7:31PM | Monday, 9 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Franchisees have been warned that they are personally liable for their actions, in the wake of the Brumby’s carbon tax pricing furore.

Retail body calls for penalty rates to be halved in Fair Work review

7:22PM | Monday, 9 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Retailers are calling for penalty rates to be halved, as part of a Fair Work Australia review, with a leading industry group insisting retailers simply can’t afford to pay staff more.

Applications open for registration of R&D activities

7:27PM | Monday, 2 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups can now apply for registration of research and development activities for the R&D Tax Incentive, which replaces the R&D Tax Concession for all income years commencing on or after July 1, 2011.

Welcome to the new financial year – here’s 10 things that have changed

6:16PM | Friday, 29 June 2012 | Oliver Milman

Getting your head around all the new financial year legal changes can be a struggle. To make it easier for you, we’ve compiled the 10 biggest changes you must know about this year. BY OLIVER MILMAN.