COSBOA calls for new IR award for small business

8:17PM | Thursday, 9 August 2012 |  The peak small business group is calling for changes to workplace rules that would see award rates determined by the size of a business rather than the industry it is in.

Small firms remain “shackled” by unfair dismissal laws: VECCI

8:16PM | Friday, 3 August 2012 |  Small businesses remain “shackled” by unfair dismissal laws, according to a major employer group, following yesterday’s release of a review into the Fair Work industrial relations system.

Qld business commissioner sacking slammed as “backward step”

7:35PM | Tuesday, 17 July 2012 |  The Queensland Government’s decision to scrap its business commissioner role is a “backward step”, according to small business lobbyist Peter Strong.

Business conditions hit three-year low: Survey

6:03PM | Tuesday, 12 June 2012 |  Business conditions are at their weakest level in three years, according to the NAB Monthly Business Survey, with pressure mounting on the Federal Government to offer some relief.

Strong GDP figures hide mixed fortunes for different sectors

6:01PM | Thursday, 7 June 2012 |  Gross domestic product grew by a surprising 1.3% in the March quarter, according to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, but not all sectors are contributing to the growth.

Avoiding the legal glare when moonlighting

6:22PM | Monday, 4 June 2012 |  Many entrepreneurs plan or even launch their next venture before they leave their old job. However, non-disclosure agreements and workplace codes of conduct can make moonlighting legally risky. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Federal Budget 2012: Business groups welcome budget surplus but question long-term vision

5:44AM | Wednesday, 9 May 2012 |  Business and industry groups have welcomed the Federal Budget’s return to surplus but have questioned Treasurer Wayne Swan’s long-term vision for enterprise, with the decision to dump the promised company tax cut provoking ire.

Small business roundtable prompts call for $30 million SME tax break

5:37PM | Wednesday, 2 May 2012 |  A roundtable hosted by the Council of Small Business of Australia and The Tax Institute has prompted calls for next week’s Budget to include a $30 million tax break for small business.

COSBOA calls for clarification on definition of small business

4:38PM | Friday, 27 April 2012 |  The Council of Small Business of Australia and The Tax Institute will hold a round table in May, with the aim of clarifying the definition of small business for tax purposes and legal matters.

COSBOA calls for system to measure impact of regulation

4:29PM | Thursday, 12 April 2012 |  Small business lobbyists have used an inaugural business forum to call for regulatory reform, including measuring the impact of regulation on small business.