Legal matters



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.

Federal Budget 2012: Industry groups outline wish lists for Federal Budget

5:16PM | Friday, 4 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Industry groups have issued their wish lists for the Federal Budget, with an emphasis on reducing red tape and taxes, but the Government is also under pressure to target Australia’s rich.

Australian start-ups urged to be wary as US passes crowdfunding bill

5:06PM | Thursday, 3 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Local entrepreneurs have voiced their concerns about the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act in the United States, which makes it easier for start-ups to raise funds through crowdfunding.

Jim’s Cleaning franchisee triggers warning over exclusivity rights

5:13PM | Thursday, 3 May 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A franchising expert has issued a warning to prospective franchisees about exclusivity rights, after a former Jim’s Cleaning franchisee claimed he lost exclusivity in his assigned territory.

Small business roundtable prompts call for $30 million SME tax break

5:37PM | Wednesday, 2 May 2012 | Cara Waters

A roundtable hosted by the Council of Small Business of Australia and The Tax Institute has prompted calls for next week’s Budget to include a $30 million tax break for small business.

Thomson and Slipper woes compound Labor’s struggle with business vote

4:20PM | Monday, 30 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The reputation of the Federal Labor Government among businesses continues to falter, new figures show, as Prime Minister Julia Gillard attempts to cuts her losses over the Craig Thomson and Peter Slipper controversies.

COSBOA calls for clarification on definition of small business

4:38PM | Friday, 27 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Council of Small Business of Australia and The Tax Institute will hold a round table in May, with the aim of clarifying the definition of small business for tax purposes and legal matters.

Business owner issues warning after YouTube trademark battle

4:21PM | Tuesday, 24 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A Queensland-based technology company has issued a warning to start-ups that use YouTube, claiming that the online video giant terminated the company’s account over an alleged trademark infringement.

Twitter’s Innovator's Patent Agreement prompts IP warning

4:28PM | Wednesday, 18 April 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A legal expert is urging start-ups to implement policies regarding intellectual property created by their staff, after Twitter announced the introduction of an Innovator's Patent Agreement.

The importance of insuring your business

4:04PM | Monday, 16 April 2012 | Nina Hendy

Those with an entrepreneurial spirit are renowned for their optimism, meaning the importance of insurance can often be overlooked. But not having insurance can be devastating on a business. BY NINA HENDY.

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.