Some of the biggest legal traps entrepreneurs face are in the area of recruitment. If you are looking to hire your first staff, it is essential to know the difference between employees and contractors.
Online venture builder Pollenizer is the latest entity to jump on the co-working bandwagon, opening a co-working space called The Hive, which already counts Posse among its members.
When it comes to the inner workings of your business, entrepreneurs need to think about their limits. What will you tell and what won’t you share?
More than half of Australian businesses believe penalty interest charges on late tax payments should be waived for start-ups, according to a new study which also shows widespread entrepreneurial ire with the government.
Running a business involves a blizzard of agreements, around things like service, distribution and consignment. Here’s how to get your head around the key legal documents you’ll have to grapple with.
A new survey has revealed only 37% of local tech companies have issued share options in the last three years, with tax reasons cited as the main consideration for their reluctance.
Group buying giant Groupon has been slammed by the Australian communications watchdog, which has issued a formal warning to the company regarding its daily email newsletters – and the ability to unsubscribe.
Irate business groups across Australia have slammed Prime Minister Julia Gillard's announcement yesterday confirming penalty rates are here to stay.
The director of a small legal practice has been ordered to pay $100,000 to a mature-aged law graduate in compensation for sexual harassment, after she accused him of a string of aggressive and bizarre sexual advances.
In part two of StartupSmart’s five-part series on the legal issues entrepreneurs face, we examine the legal issues you need to confront before you do business online.
Key players in the Australian tech start-up scene have lashed out at Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s suggestion the 457 visa program is being abused by the IT industry.
A tax expert has issued start-ups some advice about the R&D Tax Incentive, namely in relation to the eligibility criteria and recordkeeping requirements, as the April 30 deadline draws closer.
SMEs have been reminded to follow unfair dismissal procedures to the letter, following a recent case in which an employee was found to have engaged in misconduct but wasn't terminated fairly due to improper notice.
It is nearly inevitable that you will eventually be confronted with a horrible customer. Thankfully, there are ways to deal with them before they wreck your business. BY ALEXANDRA CAIN.
Over the coming weeks, StartupSmart will run a five-part series covering the legal issues entrepreneurs face. In part one, we examine the challenge of choosing the right legal structure. BY LACHLAN McKNIGHT.
The Victorian business community says the resignation of Ted Baillieu as premier may represent a good opportunity for more openness surrounding changes to business policy.
RedBalloon founder Naomi Simson has become embroiled in a legal battle with Wotif.com, after claiming that she and her husband are owed more than $4 million for their previous venture GoDo, which was bought by Wotif in 2009.
Under an Abbott government, the Productivity Commission could be charged with overhauling workplace laws, but penalty rates will remain unchanged.
Just as businesses were getting used to the idea of the federal government's maternity leave scheme, experts are warning SMEs to stay on top of the latest addition to parental benefits – Dad and Partner Pay.
The country's banking regulator has said it will start cracking down on banks if it believes lending standards have become too relaxed, but business leaders say SMEs are still strapped for cash.