Legal matters



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.

Abbott’s carbon tax flyer prompts last-minute gouging warning

6:08PM | Wednesday, 27 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Entrepreneurs have been warned over carbon tax price gouging, after the Opposition wrote to thousands of small business owners warning them of the impact of the tax.

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.