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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.

A fair shake or a vicuñacino?

10:56PM | Tuesday, 2 October 2012 | Taskmaster

When I read last week that “Twiggy” Forrest would no longer provide tomato sauce to his staff to save costs, I thought it was a little harsh. That was before I learnt what a vicuña is.

FWO slams restaurant over contracts used to avoid wage obligations

3:30PM | Thursday, 14 March 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

The owner of a Canberra restaurant has been fined over $16,000 for using individual contracts to try and avoid paying minimum wage obligations.

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.

Redecorate your office in your company colours

3:34PM | Friday, 8 March 2013 | Taskmaster

In recent days, paintbrushes and several tins of paint have been spotted in the general vicinity of Taskmaster Towers – and there’s a good reason why.

Don’t let your business get Baillieued

3:15PM | Thursday, 7 March 2013 | Taskmaster

The fall of former Victorian premier Ted Baillieu holds some important lessons for your business – especially when it comes to communications.

Got investment? Now for the real hard work

3:34PM | Tuesday, 5 March 2013 | Mahesh Sharma

Securing finance for your business is a major milestone. But it’s also the point at which you have to start worrying about your investors. BY MAHESH SHARMA.

Andrew Mason fired as CEO of Groupon: “I’m okay with having failed”

3:06PM | Friday, 1 March 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

Groupon founder Andrew Mason has posted a letter on Twitter explaining why he had been fired, following the group buying site’s December quarterly loss.

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.

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.

Stopping corporate culture from strangling your start-up

2:02PM | Monday, 25 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Corporate bureaucracy can squeeze the creativity out of any business. However, there are ways to retain your entrepreneurial edge as your start-up grows. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Chris Bowen speaks out but SMEs want action, not words

2:33PM | Monday, 18 February 2013 | Patrick Stafford

Small Business Minister Chris Bowen has fired a broadside at the Coalition, but SME leaders want to see reform not rhetoric from the new minister.

Why the Taskmaster is looking at jobs sites

2:33AM | Friday, 15 February 2013 | Taskmaster

The Taskmaster has just spent part of the morning perusing LinkedIn, My Career, Seek and other major jobs websites. If you’re an entrepreneur, there’s a good reason why you should as well.

From the altar to IPO: Doing business with your partner

2:12PM | Wednesday, 13 February 2013 | Knowledge@Wharton

There are some unique challenges that emerge when your life partner is also your business partner. But there are also ways to mitigate the risks. BY KNOWLEDGE@WHARTON.

Business critical of Fair Work push to police workplace bullying

2:52PM | Wednesday, 13 February 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

Proposed law changes on workplace bullying complaints have business groups worried by the prospect of forum shopping litigants.

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.

Spend money to make money

2:43PM | Monday, 11 February 2013 | Taskmaster

Napoleon Perdis has suggested Australian department stores could reverse their fortunes by investing in staff. It’s a suggestion with implications far beyond the retail sector.

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