Legal matters



Employee wins unfair dismissal case despite calling his boss a “dickhead”

3:11PM | Tuesday, 12 March 2013 | Patrick Stafford

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.

Nightmare on start-up street: Dealing with customers from hell

3:46PM | Tuesday, 12 March 2013 | Alexandra Cain

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.

Start-up legal basics: Getting the right structure

3:33PM | Friday, 8 March 2013 | Lachlan McKnight

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.

Business reacts to Ted Baillieu’s shock resignation as Victorian premier

3:18PM | Thursday, 7 March 2013 | Patrick Stafford

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. in $4m legal tangle with Naomi Simson over sale of GoDo

3:37PM | Tuesday, 5 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

RedBalloon founder Naomi Simson has become embroiled in a legal battle with, 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.

Penalty rates to remain unchanged in an Abbott government, angering SMEs

3:57PM | Friday, 1 March 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

Under an Abbott government, the Productivity Commission could be charged with overhauling workplace laws, but penalty rates will remain unchanged.

SMEs warned to get up to speed on new parental pay scheme

2:59PM | Thursday, 28 February 2013 | Patrick Stafford

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.

Banking regulator targeting lax standards for business lending

2:56PM | Thursday, 28 February 2013 | Patrick Stafford

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.

“True-blue” company forced to take patented technology to Texas

2:58PM | Tuesday, 26 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The founder of Victorian company FreshBins has highlighted the importance of having a good patent attorney, after lamenting the lack of local investment in FreshBins’ patented technology.

Hiring an apprentice: A start-up guide

2:07PM | Tuesday, 26 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Hiring an apprentice can be very rewarding – both from a business and a personal perspective. Here is everything you need to be aware of before you start. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Bowen calls Abbott's small business claims "hypocrisy and nonsense"

2:35PM | Thursday, 21 February 2013 | Cara Waters

Small Business Minister Chris Bowen takes a shot at Opposition Leader Tony Abbott's small business credentials.

Business crunched as average payment terms remain at 52 days

2:56PM | Wednesday, 20 February 2013 | Patrick Stafford

Businesses have been warned to get their cashflow organised, with new research showing companies are now taking an average of 52 days to pay their bills.

ASX won’t be launching a start-up platform, but do start-ups care?

2:40PM | Tuesday, 19 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The Australian Securities Exchange says it won’t be copying the London Stock Exchange, which has launched a new platform for start-ups, but a start-up financing business says Australian start-ups don’t care.

Pollenizer launches law start-up following new privacy policy laws

2:13PM | Thursday, 14 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Pollenizer has launched a new online start-up dubbed LawPath, which is offering a free template to help businesses review their privacy policies after the laws changed in December last year.

Government backflips on plans to regulate SME access to credit

2:54PM | Thursday, 14 February 2013 | Cara Waters

The federal government has backed down on draft legislation which proposed regulating small business credit after criticism it would make it harder for small business to get funding.

Mr Rental ordered to refund $300,000 for unfair contract term

2:40PM | Thursday, 14 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Household goods rental franchise Mr Rental says it has taken “the necessary steps” to satisfy the corporate regulator, which has ordered it to refund more than 1,500 customers because of an unfair contract term.

Australia Post's franchising hopes shattered by a 'secret agreement'

2:00PM | Wednesday, 13 February 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

Australia Post's shelved plans for franchised outlets will come under the legal microscope in a court case involving a disgruntled franchisee.

Deloitte Private to assist start-ups via BlueChilli partnership

2:01PM | Tuesday, 12 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Venture technology agency BlueChilli says it is on track to invest in 100 start-ups by 2016, after announcing it has joined forces with Deloitte Private’s Entrepreneur Connect program.

Tech giants Apple, Microsoft, Adobe to appear before IT price inquiry

2:15PM | Tuesday, 12 February 2013 | Patrick Stafford

After months of deliberations and refusals to appear before the Federal Parliament's probe into IT pricing, tech giants Apple, Adobe and Microsoft have been summoned to appear before the inquiry and its board.

Government details flexible work changes, experts say clarity still missing

2:09PM | Tuesday, 12 February 2013 | Patrick Stafford

New legislation is on the cards for more flexible workplace arrangements, but industry groups say they are still in the dark about how it will work.