Legal matters



New petition calls for computer-programming in primary schools

5:39PM | Monday, 13 May 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The National Computer Science School has encouraged entrepreneurs and “technology creators” to sign a petition supporting the introduction of computer-programming in Australian schools.

Kogan wins Supreme Court case against ispONE

5:51PM | Thursday, 2 May 2013 | Patrick Stafford

Tech retailer Kogan has won its case against ispONE, following several weeks of tense argument in the Victorian Supreme Court.

NSW start-up ditches Business Insider name following US legal stoush

4:14AM | Monday, 29 April 2013 | Oliver Milman

Business Insider Pty Ltd, based on the Central Coast of NSW, has rebranded itself as Business Ink following legal action lodged by New York-based The Business Insider Inc.

Adelaide pop-up shops’ future under a cloud

4:29PM | Wednesday, 24 April 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The fate of pop-up food vans in the Adelaide CBD looks uncertain amid claims from a city councillor that the “pop-up fad” has gone too far.

Your guide to 2013 Anzac Day trading rules and regulations

4:57PM | Tuesday, 23 April 2013 | Patrick Stafford

Are you confused about if or when you're allowed to trade this Anzac Day? If so, this state-by-state guide will help you out.

Five industries cashing in on Australia’s soaring divorce rate

4:50PM | Monday, 22 April 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The number of divorces in Australia increased by 8.7% over the past five years. Legal services, counselling and childcare are just a few of the industries cashing in on this trend.

Notify your customers of your Anzac Day trading hours

4:37PM | Monday, 22 April 2013 | Taskmaster

Public holiday trading hours are always confusing for business owners. However, it’s even worse for your customers.

Adelaide woman sues McDonald's over a hot coffee: Insurance concerns raised

4:04PM | Monday, 22 April 2013 | Patrick Stafford

McDonald’s has been burnt by yet another coffee drinker, with an Adelaide woman suing the fast food giant. Here’s how to make sure this doesn’t happen to your busienss.

Start-up brewer Thunder Road battles CUB over long-lost beer brands

4:22PM | Tuesday, 16 April 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Boutique brewer Thunder Road Brewing Company has gone head to head with Carlton & United Breweries in a David and Goliath-style legal battle over the trademark of more than 50 mothballed beer brands.

Legal basics for start-ups: What to do when you want to sell

4:39PM | Friday, 12 April 2013 | Lachlan McKnight

Are you looking to sell your business? If so, there are some important legal questions you must consider.

Start-up legal basics: The documents you need to know

3:50PM | Monday, 25 March 2013 | Lachlan McKnight

Running a business involves a blizzard of agreements, around things like service, distribution and consignment. Here’s how to get your head around the key legal documents you’ll have to grapple with.

Just one in three start-ups use employee share options – three top tips you should know

3:35PM | Tuesday, 19 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

A new survey has revealed only 37% of local tech companies have issued share options in the last three years, with tax reasons cited as the main consideration for their reluctance.

Doing business online: What are the legal issues?

3:25PM | Friday, 15 March 2013 | Lachlan McKnight

In part two of StartupSmart’s five-part series on the legal issues entrepreneurs face, we examine the legal issues you need to confront before you do business online.

R&D Tax Incentive deadline looms: What you need to know

3:08PM | Tuesday, 12 March 2013 | Michelle Hammond

A tax expert has issued start-ups some advice about the R&D Tax Incentive, namely in relation to the eligibility criteria and recordkeeping requirements, as the April 30 deadline draws closer.

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.

Nightmare on start-up street: Dealing with customers from hell

3:46PM | Tuesday, 12 March 2013 | Alexandra Cain

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.

Start-up legal basics: Getting the right structure

3:33PM | Friday, 8 March 2013 | Lachlan McKnight

Over the coming weeks, StartupSmart will run a five-part series covering the legal issues entrepreneurs face. In part one, we examine the challenge of choosing the right legal structure. BY LACHLAN McKNIGHT.

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.

Banking regulator targeting lax standards for business lending

2:56PM | Thursday, 28 February 2013 | Patrick Stafford

The country's banking regulator has said it will start cracking down on banks if it believes lending standards have become too relaxed, but business leaders say SMEs are still strapped for cash.

Business crunched as average payment terms remain at 52 days

2:56PM | Wednesday, 20 February 2013 | Patrick Stafford

Businesses have been warned to get their cashflow organised, with new research showing companies are now taking an average of 52 days to pay their bills.