Legal matters



Etsy defends T&Cs after shutting down merchant’s shop

5:44PM | Thursday, 16 May 2013 | Michelle Hammond

US-based eCommerce website Etsy has defended its terms and conditions after one of its merchants claimed his shop was shut down amid suspicions his products weren’t handmade.

Start-ups issued warning over Australian Business Number crackdown

5:44AM | Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups could face fines in excess of $10,000 if they make false or misleading statements when applying for an Australian Business Number, after the tax office received special funding in the 2013 federal budget for a crackdown.

Start-ups in the dark over $6500 instant asset write-off

5:47PM | Monday, 13 May 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups are the least likely to know about the federal government’s $6500 instant asset write-off, according to a new MYOB report, which shows almost 40% aren’t aware of the tax perk.

New petition calls for computer-programming in primary schools

5:39PM | Monday, 13 May 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The National Computer Science School has encouraged entrepreneurs and “technology creators” to sign a petition supporting the introduction of computer-programming in Australian schools.

Kogan wins Supreme Court case against ispONE

5:51PM | Thursday, 2 May 2013 | Patrick Stafford

Tech retailer Kogan has won its case against ispONE, following several weeks of tense argument in the Victorian Supreme Court.

NSW start-up ditches Business Insider name following US legal stoush

4:14AM | Monday, 29 April 2013 | Oliver Milman

Business Insider Pty Ltd, based on the Central Coast of NSW, has rebranded itself as Business Ink following legal action lodged by New York-based The Business Insider Inc.

Adelaide pop-up shops’ future under a cloud

4:29PM | Wednesday, 24 April 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The fate of pop-up food vans in the Adelaide CBD looks uncertain amid claims from a city councillor that the “pop-up fad” has gone too far.

Your guide to 2013 Anzac Day trading rules and regulations

4:57PM | Tuesday, 23 April 2013 | Patrick Stafford

Are you confused about if or when you're allowed to trade this Anzac Day? If so, this state-by-state guide will help you out.

Five industries cashing in on Australia’s soaring divorce rate

4:50PM | Monday, 22 April 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The number of divorces in Australia increased by 8.7% over the past five years. Legal services, counselling and childcare are just a few of the industries cashing in on this trend.

Notify your customers of your Anzac Day trading hours

4:37PM | Monday, 22 April 2013 | Taskmaster

Public holiday trading hours are always confusing for business owners. However, it’s even worse for your customers.

Adelaide woman sues McDonald's over a hot coffee: Insurance concerns raised

4:04PM | Monday, 22 April 2013 | Patrick Stafford

McDonald’s has been burnt by yet another coffee drinker, with an Adelaide woman suing the fast food giant. Here’s how to make sure this doesn’t happen to your busienss.

Start-up brewer Thunder Road battles CUB over long-lost beer brands

4:22PM | Tuesday, 16 April 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Boutique brewer Thunder Road Brewing Company has gone head to head with Carlton & United Breweries in a David and Goliath-style legal battle over the trademark of more than 50 mothballed beer brands.

Legal basics for start-ups: What to do when you want to sell

4:39PM | Friday, 12 April 2013 | Lachlan McKnight

Are you looking to sell your business? If so, there are some important legal questions you must consider.

Start-up legal basics: Hiring employees vs hiring contractors

4:34PM | Friday, 5 April 2013 | Lachlan McKnight

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.

Pollenizer jumps on co-working bandwagon with The Hive

3:47PM | Thursday, 28 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

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.

Decide what information you will share

3:00AM | Thursday, 28 March 2013 | Taskmaster

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?

Start-ups call for penalty charges to be waived on late tax payments

3:23PM | Tuesday, 26 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

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.

Start-up legal basics: The documents you need to know

3:50PM | Monday, 25 March 2013 | Lachlan McKnight

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.

Just one in three start-ups use employee share options – three top tips you should know

3:35PM | Tuesday, 19 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

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.

ACMA slams Groupon Australia with formal warning for violating the Spam Act

3:16PM | Friday, 15 March 2013 | Patrick Stafford

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.