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Start-ups urged to “sit out” of R&D program amid red tape concerns

1:05PM | Monday, 21 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The government’s R&D Tax Incentive has attracted claims of excessive red tape, with one tax expert suggesting start-ups “sit out” until the recordkeeping requirements are made much clearer.

Meet Australia’s first red tape commissioner: Why he wants to hear from you

1:41PM | Friday, 18 January 2013 | Patrick Stafford

Victoria has appointed John Lloyd as Australia’s first red tape commissioner, ahead of consultations with SMEs about regulatory burdens.

Shoes of Prey founder flags share option woes for start-ups

1:00PM | Thursday, 17 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Serial entrepreneur and StartupSmart mentor Michael Fox has outlined problems with employee share option plans (ESOPs) for start-ups, after being invited to meet with the federal government.

Concreter sacked for "smirking" wins unfair dismissal case

1:55PM | Thursday, 17 January 2013 | Patrick Stafford

A Melbourne concreter has won an unfair dismissal case against his employer, after the company fired him for allegedly smirking during a conversation reprimanding him for a safety violation.

Tributes pour in for Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz

1:01PM | Monday, 14 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Tributes have poured in for tech entrepreneur and internet activist Aaron Swartz, who died on Friday.

“Abbott has F***ED UP badly”: Brendan O’Connor's Twitter gaffe

1:43PM | Thursday, 10 January 2013 | Cara Waters

The Small Business Minister has apologised after describing volunteer firefighting by the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, as “f***ing up”.

Pie Face rejects ex-franchisee’s bullying claims

1:00AM | Thursday, 10 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Pie Face has hit back at claims that it doesn’t do enough to support franchisees, after another former franchisee of the chain came forward to criticise the business.

Primary schools to teach business under new govt plan

1:42PM | Wednesday, 9 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Primary school students will be taught the fundamentals of business and economics under a new move by the Gillard government, but a small business group says a more specialised program should be implemented.

Start-ups urged to speak out over franchise code review

1:50PM | Wednesday, 9 January 2013 | Patrick Stafford

The head of the government’s review of the franchising code of conduct has revealed the key areas he'll examine.

COSBOA claims anti-discrimination laws could "vilify" entrepreneurs

1:53PM | Tuesday, 8 January 2013 | Cara Waters

Proposed legislation might increase the chances of start-up entrepreneurs being hit with anti-discrimination claims.

Start-ups still waiting for government response on VC review

1:58PM | Monday, 7 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The federal government has delayed its response to a review into Australia’s venture capital industry, after previously indicating that it would outline its policy on the sector by the end of 2012.

Wayne Swan dumps the surplus

12:52PM | Thursday, 20 December 2012 | Kath Walters and Myriam Robin

Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan at 2.15pm today announced the Federal Government will probably not achieve the promised budget surplus in the 2012/13 budget year.

Instagram clarifies policy changes following user backlash

12:22PM | Wednesday, 19 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Facebook-owned start-up Instagram has been forced to clarify changes to its privacy policy and terms of service, after users were led to believe their private photos would be sold to advertisers.

Cotton On fined over unsafe kids' clothes: Here are four more of their controversies

12:12PM | Wednesday, 19 December 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Cotton On is in trouble with the authorities yet again, with the retailer now fined a massive $1 million for selling children's sleepwear that was deemed so flammable it shouldn't have even been supplied.

ACCC to authorise new code for casual mall licensing

12:04PM | Tuesday, 18 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The competition watchdog is likely to authorise a new voluntary code of practice for casual mall licensing, compiled by the Shopping Centre Council of Australia, which could affect start-ups.

Productivity Commission calls for stricter criteria for compulsory patent licensing

12:45PM | Friday, 14 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Changes should be made to the patents system to improve access to technologies while protecting patent holders’ rights, according to the Productivity Commission.

ACCC flags new year crackdown on fake product reviews

12:13PM | Thursday, 13 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Businesses have been put on notice after the competition watchdog warned it will be cracking down on fake product reviews and online voucher rip-offs in the new year.

New Christmas theft figures prompt security warning

12:06PM | Thursday, 13 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Businesses are being urged to ramp up their security measures in the lead-up to Christmas and over the holiday break, on the back of a report highlighting the extent of Christmas theft in 2012.

An essential legal checklist for time-poor start-ups

12:41PM | Thursday, 13 December 2012 | Oliver Milman

When it comes to the law, ignorance is no excuse – and neither is being time-poor. No matter how busy you might be, here are the essential legal points you must look into. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

FWO issues Christmas warning about underpaying workers

12:45PM | Wednesday, 12 December 2012 | Cara Waters

Bill Shorten and the Fair Work Ombudsman are warning employers about shortchanging employees on holiday pay rates.

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