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.
The Australian Council of Trade Unions is continuing its push for the minimum wage rate of workers to be upped to $636.40 a week, an increase of 5%.
Brainstorming. Nothing else quite gets Old Taskmaster's heart singing like hearing the inane suggestions of my teammates.
The managers at Taskmaster Enterprises are checking the stress levels of their employees. You should do the same at your company.
Irate business groups across Australia have slammed Prime Minister Julia Gillard's announcement yesterday confirming penalty rates are here to stay.
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.
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.
The owner of a Canberra restaurant has been fined over $16,000 for using individual contracts to try and avoid paying minimum wage obligations.
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.
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.
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.
The fall of former Victorian premier Ted Baillieu holds some important lessons for your business – especially when it comes to communications.
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.
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.
Under an Abbott government, the Productivity Commission could be charged with overhauling workplace laws, but penalty rates will remain unchanged.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.