Things to look out for now that the carbon tax has been repealed

By on 18 July 2014 in Small Business with 0 Comments
Things to look out for now that the carbon tax has been repealed

On 17 July 2014, the Parliament passed the Clean Energy Legislation (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2014. Not only will this new legislation repeal the carbon tax instated by the previous government, but it will also provide the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) with new enforcement powers. What are the new powers of the ACCC? […]

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Fair Work Commission Cuts Penalty Rates in the Restaurant Industry

By on 16 July 2014 in Employment Law with 0 Comments
Fair Work Commission Cuts Penalty Rates in the Restaurant Industry

Lately, there has been much debate around the issue of penalty rates on Sundays and public holidays, particularly over the Easter holiday season, when many business owners indicated that engaging a casual employee to work over the long weekend would cost them up to $45.00 per hour. Exorbitant public holiday penalty rates seem to be […]

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Update on the Stop Workplace Bullying Laws

By on 19 June 2014 in Employment Law with 0 Comments
Update on the Stop Workplace Bullying Laws

The new bullying laws have now well and truly come into effect and the Fair Work Commission has been exercising its powers to stop workplace bullying. The first Fair Work Commission conference made the new laws. The facts of the dispute which resulted in the first conference lead by the Fair Work Commission, including the […]

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A Right To Be Forgotten? – The European Court Of Justice Rules Against Google

By on 15 May 2014 in Intellectual Property with 0 Comments
A Right To Be Forgotten? – The European Court Of Justice Rules Against Google

On Tuesday, the European Court of Justice ruled that Google must listen to, and in some cases comply with, an individual’s request for links to articles or websites containing their personal information be removed from the search engine’s results. This is a significant decision with regards to privacy law in Europe, and one which could […]

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Big Rights for Small Business

By on 14 May 2014 in Small Business with 0 Comments
Big Rights for Small Business

If there is one significant highlight to the Coalition’s first budget yesterday, it is the extension of rights for small businesses. What benefits has small businesses received in the budget? Small enterprises will now have the same rights as consumers in respect of unfair contracts, against big businesses. In general terms, the Government intends to […]

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Two or More Strikes and You’re Out

Two or More Strikes and You’re Out

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (“ASIC”) announced yesterday that popular Masterchef host Justin North and his wife Georgina North have each been banned from managing any company for a period of 2 years and 18 months from 4 April 2014. Norths Companies in Liquidation A string of companies of the Norths’ that conducted business […]

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Business Law Update for 2014

By on 14 March 2014 in Corporate Structuring with 0 Comments
Business Law Update for 2014

There is no doubt that 2013 was a huge year of change in respect of the laws applying to small and large businesses. This will continue throughout 2014. I recently presented the 2014 Business Legislation Update Seminar for the Australian Institute of Company Directors on the Sunshine Coast. Some of the key areas I addressed […]

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Payroll Tax – Who is an employee?

By on 7 March 2014 in Corporate Governance with 0 Comments
Payroll Tax – Who is an employee?

In the recent decision of Freelance Global Ltd v Chief Commissioner of State Revenue, the Supreme Court of New South Wales ruled that Freelance Global Ltd (“Freelance”), a company which described itself as a specialist in facilitating work for independent contractors, was an “employment agent” for the purposes of payroll tax. The case highlights the […]

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What is a partnership?

By on 13 February 2014 in Corporate Structuring with 0 Comments
What is a partnership?

I have recently been asked about partnerships generally, and what distinguishes them from other business structures. It is important to have a firm understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of a partnership, before entering into one, to run a business. What is a partnership? A partnership is essentially an agreement made between 2 to 20 […]

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