Legal matters



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.

Ombudsman targets food businesses in WA, SA and NT

5:21PM | Tuesday, 15 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Restaurants and takeaway food outlets in WA, South Australia and the Northern Territory could be paid a visit by the Fair Work Ombudsman, who will be checking the books of up to 120 cafés.

Business groups call for “modest” approach to minimum wage increase

5:20PM | Monday, 14 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Business and industry groups are urging Fair Work Australia to reject a claim for the minimum wage to be lifted by $26 a week, calling for a more “modest” approach to award wages.

Retailers no longer short shifted following Federal Court decision

5:43PM | Friday, 11 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Retailers can now employ school students for a minimum 90-minute shift as opposed to three hours, after the Federal Court upheld a Fair Work Australia ruling.

Search starts for Small Business Commissioner

5:35PM | Friday, 11 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Federal Government intends to expand the Small Business Advisory Council, says the council’s deputy chair Peter Strong, to assist in its search for the first Australian Small Business Commissioner.

Star Wars bathers prompt warning over licensing fees

5:30PM | Friday, 11 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A legal expert says start-ups need to consider the cost of licence fees before they adorn their products with images from movies or books, after a Brisbane fashion label produced Star Wars images on its clothing range.

Business owners in the dark over upcoming regulatory changes: Survey

5:22PM | Tuesday, 8 May 2012 | Oliver Milman

Small business owners have a worryingly poor knowledge of a number of regulatory changes set to start in the new financial year, such as amendments to superannuation and the tax-free threshold, according to new research.

Federal Budget 2012: Business welcomes Labor’s tax loss carry-back measures

5:55PM | Monday, 7 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Business groups have welcomed the Federal Government’s Budget tax loss carry-back measures, although concerns remain over business tax levels amid local and global economic conditions.

10 things on start-ups’ Budget wishlist

5:27PM | Monday, 7 May 2012 | Oliver Milman

During recent months, Wayne Swan has talked a great deal about small business. If the Government is serious about start-ups, here are 10 things that must be in the Federal Budget. BY OLIVER MILMAN.