Legal matters



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.

Gillard's penalty rate promise a "kick in the guts" to SMEs: Industry leaders

3:07PM | Friday, 15 March 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

Irate business groups across Australia have slammed Prime Minister Julia Gillard's announcement yesterday confirming penalty rates are here to stay.

Woman wins harassment case after boss requested sex 78 times in one day

3:03PM | Friday, 15 March 2013 | Patrick Stafford

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.

Doing business online: What are the legal issues?

3:25PM | Friday, 15 March 2013 | Lachlan McKnight

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.

‘Just outraged at the insanity of Julia Gillard’: Tech start-ups hit back in 457 visa row

3:17AM | Friday, 15 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

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.

R&D Tax Incentive deadline looms: What you need to know

3:08PM | Tuesday, 12 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

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.

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.