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Unemployment dips to 5.5% as 50,000 new jobs created

5:46PM | Thursday, 9 May 2013 | Daniella White

Unemployment dropped from 5.6% to 5.5% in April, despite most economists predicting it would remain steady or even rise.

Government spending and Fair Work top concerns for small businesses: ACCI survey

5:07PM | Thursday, 9 May 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

SMEs have ranked government spending and industrial relations laws as more important issues than the Australian dollar, according to a new ACCI survey.

The Coalition’s paid parental leave plan – a boon for small business?

5:47PM | Tuesday, 7 May 2013 | Tom Hall

Shadow treasurer Joe Hockey says the Coalition's paid parental leave scheme plan will reduce the burden on small business, despite claims within the party that the program is expensive and unnecessary.

Payless overtime figures prompt warning for start-ups

5:07PM | Monday, 6 May 2013 | Michelle Hammond

A HR expert says start-ups need to reward staff who put in extra hours, after the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed 26% of Australian workers who do overtime are not compensated.

Australian businesses can unlock $305 billion in productivity through staff

5:41PM | Monday, 6 May 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

The Australian economy is losing as much as $305 billion due to lost productivity, a study from Ernst & Young has revealed.

Unfair dismissal win for employees who created companies

5:56PM | Thursday, 2 May 2013 | Patrick Stafford

The Fair Work Commission found a company unfairly dismissed two employees who registered a business name, with the owner claiming the pair planned to open a competing business.

The Fair Work Act and casual staff – what you need to know

4:18PM | Tuesday, 23 April 2013 | Paul Hardman and Ben Keenan

Hiring casual staff for the first time can be a legal minefield. Lawyers Paul Hardman and Ben Keenan from law firm Holding Redlich explain what you must do.

ProGaming co-founders part ways days before Silicon Valley tour

4:01PM | Monday, 22 April 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The co-founder of ProGaming has hastily assembled a team for a new start-up days before flying to Silicon Valley as part of the Advance Innovation Program, after parting ways with his original business partner.

Why it’s important to celebrate little victories

4:01PM | Wednesday, 10 April 2013 | Rebekah Campbell

Do you celebrate when your team achieves a key milestone? If not, there are five very good reasons why you should.

Five essential tips to hiring contractors online

4:36PM | Wednesday, 10 April 2013 | Paul Dunstone

Hiring a freelance contractor online is an excellent way to save time, money and boost productivity – but there are risks involved. Here are five tips to ensure you get the most our of your freelance projects.

Start-up legal basics: Hiring employees vs hiring contractors

4:34PM | Friday, 5 April 2013 | Lachlan McKnight

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.

Government announces superannuation changes: Everything you need to know

4:59PM | Friday, 5 April 2013 | Patrick Stafford

The federal government has finally announced its long-awaited changes to the superannuation system, following weeks of speculation – but the industry says it's a mixed bag.

ACTU push for increase to minimum wage by $30

3:44PM | Wednesday, 27 March 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

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%.

Business groups "disappointed" over Fair Work penalty rates decision

3:10PM | Tuesday, 19 March 2013 | Patrick Stafford

The business community is outraged by the Fair Work Commission's decision to deny any reduction in weekend penalty rates for retail and fast food workers

Fair Work Ombudsman gets new powers to police 457 visa rorts

3:06PM | Tuesday, 19 March 2013 | Patrick Stafford

The Fair Work Ombudsman has been given extra powers to monitor possible rorts under the 457 visa program.

How to hire, when to fire!

3:54PM | Monday, 18 March 2013 | Jonathan Weinstock

Decisions on when to hire or fire are amongst the toughest you'll make as an entrepreneur.

‘Just outraged at the insanity of Julia Gillard’: Tech start-ups hit back in 457 visa row

3:17AM | Friday, 15 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Key players in the Australian tech start-up scene have lashed out at Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s suggestion the 457 visa program is being abused by the IT industry.

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.

Kickstart program extended as apprentice dropout rate soars

3:34PM | Friday, 8 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Employers in the building, construction and engineering trades have an extra two months to take advantage of the Apprentice Kickstart Initiative, amid calls for an apprentice pay rise.

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