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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.

Fair Work changes coming, business hesitant over flexible working rights

2:21PM | Monday, 11 February 2013 | Patrick Stafford

Flexible work arrangements are very much on the election agenda, as Labor releases more details about legislation changes.

Turn your sales staff into “interns” one day each fortnight

2:59PM | Friday, 8 February 2013 | Taskmaster

Yesterday, the Taskmaster outlined why it’s a good idea to have your staff spend one day per week or per fortnight in sales. But should your sales staff spend time in other departments?

Franchisee cultural diversity on the rise

2:40PM | Thursday, 7 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

An expert has highlighted some of the challenges of hiring immigrant franchisees, after Retail Food Group said more than 50% of its successful franchisee applicants over the last six months spoke English as a second language.

FWO to crack down on unpaid work experience

2:50PM | Thursday, 7 February 2013 | Cara Waters

The Fair Work Ombudsman today announced a new focus on unpaid work experience, following new research into the practice.

Send your staff to the sales coalface

2:44PM | Thursday, 7 February 2013 | Taskmaster

Are your staff getting lazy? Old Taskmaster says it’s time to send them to the coalface!

The Australian economy under a re-elected Gillard government

2:37PM | Wednesday, 6 February 2013 |  Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer

While they’re behind in the polls, it’s worth taking a look at what another term of Julia Gillard and Labor would mean for the economy and your business. BY BERNARD KEANE and GLENN DYER.

Why lawyers are failing start-ups

2:08PM | Tuesday, 5 February 2013 | Oliver Milman

There are many regulations you need to deal with when starting a business. However, how many traditional law firms aren’t designed to help new start-ups. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Australian workers bullied over social media in the workplace: AVG

2:42PM | Monday, 4 February 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

Misuse and abuse of social media in the workplace is on the rise, according to new figures.

To whom it may concern: A letter to the small business minister

2:59PM | Monday, 4 February 2013 | Taskmaster

Last week, the Taskmaster suggested it was time to write to a few pollies ahead of the next election. However, after four small business ministers in just 14 months, it’s easier said than done.

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