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Special Feature: Royal Commissions and Standing Commissions – what happens if you receive a summons?
Royal Commissions are the highest level of public inquiry in Australia. They are initiated by State or Commonwealth governments to inquire into a defined area of public importance such as a significant corporate collapse, a natural disaster, or serious allegations of corruption. They can also be used as a tool to provide recommendations for policy and law reform. Often they will be a mix.
We’re heading into the Christmas party season. Over the next few weeks, thousands of Australian businesses will pay for their staff to let their hair down at the annual end of year celebration. There will be embarrassing moments, regrets and probably a hangover or two. But if your business is forking out for a festive fling is there also a tax hangover looming on the horizon?Add a comment
Forty per cent of Australian small businesses do not have employment contracts and more than three-quarters don’t have adequate workplace policies in place, according to survey results released by cloud Legal services provider, LawPath.Add a comment
Small businesses have been warned they risk fading into oblivion in today’s reputation-driven economy, through blowing their own trumpet on social media. Reputation expert Neryl East says many business operators are seduced by free and easy access to social media, but forget they need a mix of marketing tools – especially those that will position them as leaders and experts in their field.Add a comment
Thank you to all of those who joined us last Friday the 13th - despite the crazy rain - for the 2015 OPTUS My Business Awards.
Regardless of weather, we had an amazing turnout with around 200 guests all glammed up and ready to cheer on the nominated 2015 Finalists.
Philanthropy was once considered a noble endeavour for the rich. The social market has shifted; the new generation are expecting businesses and corporations to be socially responsible and engaged.
Australians will now be able to buy friends and family the gift of time this holiday season following a groundbreaking new partnership between Airtasker and retailers Coles, Woolworths and BIG W.Add a comment
If Malcolm Turnbull is seeking agility, initiative and creativity in government, he needs to look no further than the Tasmania Fire Service (TFS).
The TFS won the 2014 State Resilient Australia Award for their Bushfire-Ready Neighbourhoods (BRN) program, designed in collaboration with the University of Tasmania.
Did you know that employers who fail to comply with the Fair Work Act 2009 risk penalties of up to $54,000 per breach? And that HR managers, payroll and administration personnel, and business advisers may also be liable for personal fines under Section 550 of the Act?Add a comment
Cloud infrastructure and automation are driving numerous business technologies and are likely to feature prominently in workforce management in the coming year, according to a trends assessment by WFS: A WorkForce Software Company (WFS Australia).
Australian small business owners are collectively owed $26 billion in unpaid invoices at any one time, averaging $13,200 each, according to new research from Intuit Australia and PayPal Australia.Add a comment
The Westpac-Melbourne Institute Small Business Index released today has revealed that small business confidence declined 9.2 per cent to 117.9 points in November, however remains in positive territory following the record-high Index result in August.Add a comment
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