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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.

Bakers Delight plots to turn apprentices into franchisees

1:20PM | Tuesday, 22 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Bakers Delight is hoping to grow its franchise network by way of apprenticeships, after announcing it will offer 1,000 new apprenticeships in 2013, described as a “solid” opportunity.

Software worker outsources his job to China

1:30PM | Friday, 18 January 2013 | Patrick Stafford

After a software developer in the US recently outsourced his job to a Chinese consulting firm, here are four tips to help you make sure your staff aren't doing the same thing to you.

Beware the monoculture of Inertia

1:46AM | Friday, 18 January 2013 | Taskmaster

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, there was a large multinational corporation we’ll call Inertia Corp. Their business model was dead – but senior management didn’t realise it.

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.

How to find an informal mentor for your business

1:11PM | Wednesday, 16 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Especially if you’re a soloist, advice from friends and family can be invaluable. StartupSmart spoke to three experts to help you get the most out of your mentor. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Unpromising job prospects tipped to spark new start-ups

1:25PM | Tuesday, 15 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Almost a quarter of Australians are planning a career change this year, while hiring intentions are mixed among employers, according to separate pieces of new research, suggesting many people could be looking to go it alone in 2013.

How to attract Gen Y superstars

2:52PM | Friday, 10 February 2012 | Adam Franklin

Having grown up with the web, Gen Ys can be a tremendous asset for your business. Here are some tips on how to hire and keep superstar Gen Ys. BY ADAM FRANKLIN.

SMEs offered $3,350 carrot in Kickstart apprentice program

1:54PM | Monday, 7 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Small businesses in the building and construction industries have until February 28 to take advantage of the federal government’s Kickstart program, which rewards employers with an additional $3,350 for taking on a new apprentice.

Looking for tech talent? Pushstart mentor offers his advice

12:03PM | Friday, 14 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

PushStart mentor Alex North has offered some advice to start-ups looking for tech talent to build their idea, insisting every start-up must argue the case for why their business will be successful.

How to get the right boardroom dynamic

12:50PM | Tuesday, 11 December 2012 | James Beck and Geoffrey Kiel

Are you looking to set up your first board of directors? There are eight key factors you need to look out for. BY JAMES BECK and GEOFFREY KIEL.

Royal prank will cost Austereo “hundreds of thousands” amidst global outrage

12:52PM | Monday, 10 December 2012 | Cara Waters

The royal prank call that went tragically wrong has sparked a worldwide social media storm, with radio network Austereo suspending all advertising on 2Day FM.

ABS figures reveal unexpected fall in unemployment

12:08PM | Thursday, 6 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australia’s national unemployment rate fell 0.1% to 5.2% in November, contrary to expectations, with Victoria and NSW experiencing the biggest falls in jobless numbers.

How long do you give an employee to improve?

12:01PM | Tuesday, 4 December 2012 | Vicki Crowe

There are three questions you need to answer that will determine what you should do next.

Top five staff characteristics needed in your start-up

12:23PM | Monday, 3 December 2012 | Dorota Dopierala

The workforce of your company can be one of your greatest assets. Here are five keys to making sure your recruit the right staff for your start-up. BY DOROTA DOPIERALA.

Don’t take a casual approach to casual staff, start-ups warned

11:49PM | Thursday, 29 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A recruitment expert has warned start-ups to tread carefully with regard to casual staff, after a survey revealed more than a third of employers have increased their use of temporary workers over the past 12 months.

Five top tips on how to hire a developer

11:46PM | Friday, 16 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A serial entrepreneur has compiled a step-by-step guide for start-ups on how to hire developers, insisting start-ups need to recruit differently to big companies if they are to compete for talent.

Five Christmas slip-ups your business must avoid

11:45PM | Tuesday, 13 November 2012 | Greg Hayes

While Christmas can be a season of sales joy, it can also disrupt your regular trading and cashflow patterns. Here are five common festive season slip-ups you need to prepare for. BY GREG HAYES.

FWA orders compensation for employee sacked for head-butting a co-worker

11:17PM | Thursday, 8 November 2012 | Cara Waters

If you think an employee head-butting a colleague or farting on a co-worker’s face are grounds for an automatic dismissal, FWA says think again.

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