Legal matters



ACCC gives start-ups more time to fix Facebook comments

8:10PM | Monday, 13 August 2012 | Cara Waters

The consumer watchdog has weighed in on the debate over false and misleading comments on brands’ Facebook pages, calling for a 24-hour turnaround for large businesses and more leeway for SMEs.

COSBOA calls for new IR award for small business

8:17PM | Thursday, 9 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The peak small business group is calling for changes to workplace rules that would see award rates determined by the size of a business rather than the industry it is in.

Privacy Act changes: What your start-up must know

8:02PM | Monday, 6 August 2012 | Nina Hendy

The Federal Government has recently reformed the Privacy Act. Unless you are aware of these key changes, you run the risk of accidentally incurring massive fines. BY NINA HENDY.

Small firms remain “shackled” by unfair dismissal laws: VECCI

8:16PM | Friday, 3 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Small businesses remain “shackled” by unfair dismissal laws, according to a major employer group, following yesterday’s release of a review into the Fair Work industrial relations system.

SumoSalad scrambles to limit the fallout from hep A infection

8:07PM | Friday, 3 August 2012 | Cara Waters

A salad fast food chain is working overtime to limit the PR damage from every food retailer's nightmare.

Employers voice dismay as review finds in favour of Fair Work regime

8:41PM | Thursday, 2 August 2012 | Oliver Milman and Patrick Stafford

A review into the Fair Work industrial relations scheme has been branded “bitterly disappointing” by employers, after an independent panel decided against recommending any major reforms of workplace laws.

Home-based business regulations explained

8:38PM | Wednesday, 1 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The red tape that comes with running a home-based business can be daunting. To save you some stress, here’s a snapshot of the three key areas of regulation you need to be familiar with. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Home-based businesses raise privacy concerns about new national names register

7:23PM | Friday, 27 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The National Business Name Register only began in late May but is already causing headaches for home-based businesses, which are required to include a physical address on the register.

All quiet on the carbon tax front: ACCC

7:06PM | Friday, 27 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The competition watchdog has indicated the downward trend of carbon price complaints could continue, but insists it will continue to take a hardline approach to businesses that deliberately mislead consumers.

Eight out of 10 businesses struggling with red tape: Survey

7:42PM | Friday, 27 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Compliance with government regulation continues to stifle business operations, according to a new report, which shows more than 80% of the businesses surveyed are struggling with red tape.

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.