Legal matters



Government attacked over business name register privacy fears

12:11PM | Wednesday, 5 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Opposition has accused the Federal Government of breaking “yet another promise” by failing to remedy the issue of home-based business owners’ personal addresses appearing on the National Business Names Register.

Parliamentary inquiry again calls for small business banking code

11:20PM | Friday, 30 November 2012 | Cara Waters

The Australian Bankers Association is under pressure to adopt a small business banking code of conduct or face new regulations.

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.

NSW Government (finally) moves to formalise small business commissioner role

11:48PM | Thursday, 22 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The NSW Government has introduced legislation to establish the state’s first small business commissioner as a statutory officer, more than a year after the role was created and filled.

Obama’s back in – but what do start-ups think?

11:52PM | Thursday, 8 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

US-based Australian entrepreneurs have offered a mixed response to the re-election of US President Barack Obama, who eclipsed Republican rival Mitt Romney yesterday in a bitterly fought contest.

COSBOA drama as chairman resigns, accounts still not signed off

11:12PM | Monday, 5 November 2012 | Cara Waters

The Council of Small Business of Australia is in turmoil after its annual general meeting last week, with Ken Phillips resigning as chair after the council's accounts were unable to be signed off.

Australia second easiest place in world to start-up – but it’s downhill from there

10:00AM | Thursday, 25 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australia is the second easiest place in the world to start a business, according to a new report by the World Bank, but drops back to 10th place when it comes to the ease of doing business.

Childcare centre cops fine for pressuring pregnant employee to resign

10:09PM | Friday, 19 October 2012 | Cara Waters

A WA childcare business has been fined almost $20,000 in fines for pressuring a pregnant employee into resigning.

Government secretly freezes funding for start-up services

10:28PM | Thursday, 18 October 2012 | Cara Waters

The Federal Government has frozen funding for small business support services while telling people the process was ongoing.

Gillard urged to help create 'Silicon Beach' for Australian tech businesses

10:38AM | Monday, 8 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

The tech sector has told the Federal Government that regulations need to change if Australia wants to have its own Silicon Valley.

Time and cost of red tape on small businesses spiralling: Report

10:23PM | Friday, 5 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

Nearly three quarters of Australian small businesses spend longer complying with regulations than they did two years ago, according to a new study.

Eagle Boys franchisee fined $30,000 for underpaying staff, lack of experience blamed

10:19PM | Tuesday, 2 October 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Business inexperience rather than malice led to underpayment of employees by a NSW pizza franchisee.

Fair Work Ombudsman launches National Franchise Program

2:19PM | Tuesday, 7 February 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Fair Work Ombudsman has launched a franchise program in a bid to strengthen the sector, teaching franchisors how to best promote compliance with workplace laws.

Meet the entrepreneur who took on Google after his AdSense account was suspended – and won

2:59PM | Monday, 6 February 2012 | Madeleine Heffernan

A two-year-old travel advice website has scored a victory against Google, with the search engine giant reinstating Rusty Compass' AdSense account and repaying the $131 it had withheld following a months-long drama.

Businesses in the dark over tax write-offs as economic pessimism grows

2:05PM | Friday, 3 February 2012 | Michelle Hammond

More than a third of small businesses believe Australia’s economy has worsened in the last six months, new research shows, while less than a quarter are unaware of a new tax write-off.

Start-ups face new Personal Property Securities Register

1:25PM | Monday, 30 January 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The launch of the Federal Government’s Personal Property Securities Register will impact day-to-day business procedures, documentation, systems and risk management, an expert says.

Small Business Minister Mark Arbib identifies rents and payroll tax as top SME concerns

1:00PM | Friday, 27 January 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Newly-appointed Small Business Minister Mark Arbib has downplayed the level of concern among small businesses over the carbon tax, identifying rents and payroll tax as more important.

Apple and Zynga branded trademark “bullies”

1:19PM | Wednesday, 25 January 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Tech giants Apple and Zynga are among the top five trademark “bullies”, according to new data, which identifies companies involved in the highest number of trademark infringement cases.

How good is your business knowledge?

1:58PM | Monday, 23 January 2012 | Oliver Milman

While in-depth knowledge of the business world isn’t essential to building a successful venture, it pays to be aware of current trends. So take our quiz and put your knowledge to the test. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Playing the monopoly game

1:08PM | Tuesday, 17 January 2012 | Oliver Milman

While Australia is considered an easy place to start a business by global standards, new ventures are regularly faced by near-monopolies that, by fair means or foul, will attempt to snuff out the threat they pose. BY OLIVER MILMAN.