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Flood insurance claims set to hit $50 million

1:38PM | Tuesday, 29 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The total claimed losses from the floods affecting Queensland and NSW are likely to hit $50 million this week, according to the Insurance Council of Australia.

Government urged to better support home-based businesses

1:26PM | Tuesday, 29 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Leading ‘mumpreneur’ Cas McCullough has highlighted the struggles of home-based micro businesses ahead of International Work At Home Person Week, calling for more support from government and industry.

Seven in 10 employers fearing Australia Day sickie surge

1:31PM | Friday, 25 January 2013 | Oliver Milman

More than seven in 10 employers expect staff to pull sickies due to the Australia Day weekend, although it appears that bosses can only do a limited amount in order to prevent them, according to a new study.

Industry praise for new cyber security centre

1:27PM | Thursday, 24 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The Australian arm of global tech giant Huawei has welcomed the establishment of an Australian Cyber Security Centre, announced by Prime Minister Julia Gillard earlier today.

Fair Work Commission awards fashion employee 22 weeks' pay for unfair dismissal

1:45PM | Thursday, 24 January 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

The Fair Work Commission has found Dolina Fashion Group unfairly dismissed an employee of 17 years, without a valid reason for termination or appropriate warning.

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.

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