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  • August 24 2017 From unfair contract terms to optimism: A VSBC update on Victoria’s small businesses

    The Victorian Small Business Commissioner, Judy O’Connell, provided Dynamic Business with insights into the state’s small business sector, including barriers to growth and the need for owners to prioritise mental health, ahead of her appearance at the Vodafone National Small Business Summit on Friday (25 August). DB: What will you be speaking on at the summit? O’Connell: Read More…

  • August 23 2017 What’s in a (Domain) Name? Nailing the basics

    In today’s ever increasing online world, domain names have become one of the most important business assets for sales to consumers, contact with and promotion of businesses; however, many businesses do not turn their mind to the protection of their domain names, leaving themselves exposed to cyber-squatters or tactical competitors and loss of potential business Read More…

  • August 8 2017 Progress made towards a fairer distribution of power between small and big businesses

    When small businesses engage with large enterprises, standard form contracts often leave them with no room to negotiate. Small businesses are left with the choice of either accepting terms heavily weighted against them, or terminating a deal that would be valuable for their business. To protect small businesses from backing into a corner, the unfair Read More…

  • June 29 2017 Are your employees working overtime during the EOFY rush? If so, you must tread carefully

    As the 2016-2017 financial year comes to an end, businesses are hastily tying up loose ends in preparation for the new financial year. Often employers can put themselves at risk when pressuring their employees to work extensive overtime to finalise projects, meet deadlines and finish annual reports before the end of the financial year. Employers Read More…

  • May 15 2017 Three reasons this year’s federal budget is advantageous for small business owners

    After the Federal Budget was announced on Tuesday, 9 May, small business owners will be trying to work out what matters most to them. Here are three main things we have been reviewing that may impact how small business do business – and it is mostly for the better. 1. Less red tape It is Read More…

  • May 9 2017 How will the new mandatory data breach notification laws impact your business?

    Every business owner has a responsibility to stay on top of –  and comply with –  changes to the law in their business operations. The Australian authorities don’t respond well to pleadings of ignorance, especially when it comes to businesses. So, are you aware of the latest changes to data breach notification laws? Do you know Read More…

  • April 18 2017 How to avoid unenforceable contracts

    No business operates in complete isolation. Agreements must be made between your business and its customers, as well as with other businesses such as suppliers and distributors. So how do businesses enforce their agreements? The answer is through the formation of legally binding contracts. Unfortunately, many businesses get caught out with unenforceable contracts and, in turn, Read More…

  • March 31 2017 Competition reforms introduced to improve the bargaining power of small business

    Competition reforms tabled in Federal Parliament this week backs small businesses to grow, innovate and create more jobs, according to Small Business Minister Michael McCormack. He said the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Competition Policy Review) Bill 2017 implements a number of recommendations from a landmark review of Australian competition policy to help small businesses to compete Read More…

  • February 2 2017 Deutsche Bank bonus cuts: lessons for SMEs

    Deutsche Bank of Germany recently decided to cut bonuses for local employees as it struggles to turn a profit in the wake of a large litigation bill. The litigation issue stems from the mortgage market collapse in the lead up to the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, resulting in a $7.2 billion-dollar settlement with the US Read More…

  • December 16 2016 ACCC alleges online directory made small business pay for unwanted advertising

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is taking legal action against an online business directory provider, alleging unconscionable conduct that resulted in numerous small businesses paying significant amounts of money for unwanted advertising. ABG Pages Pty Ltd and an individual will face the Federal Court, accused of “misleading or deceptive conduct, false or misleading Read More…

  • December 1 2016 Small business insurance: what do you need?

    Most people dread having to make a call to their health insurance provider or their car insurance agent. For small business owners, navigating the realm of business insurance can be even more daunting–but it doesn’t have to be. Armed with some basic information, you can confidently make the best insurance choices for your small business. Read More…

  • September 19 2016 Recent changes to Monetary Limits in the South Australian Magistrates Court

    South Australia has recently changed the law for minor civil claims reducing the limit from $25,000 to $12,000. The reduction in the monetary limit for minor civil claims will come into effect on 1 August 2016 however proceedings already underway in the Magistrates Court as of this date will be unaffected. Prior to 2013, the Read More…

  • September 19 2016 Evergreen Clauses, what are they and where are they hiding?

    If you have ever signed up to a service that doesn’t end or you can’t seem to get out off, you’ve probably just met an evergreen clause.  Evergreen clauses, also known as renewal clauses, are those tricky little statements within a contract that extend its duration automatically – unless one of the parties remembers to Read More…

  • August 24 2016 How to avoid injuries in the workplace

    Although workplace health and safety initiatives have seen the average Australian workplace become safer in recent years, injuries on the job still cost the economy $60 billion each year. That figure alone may be astounding, but for employees injured in their line of work the toll is much greater than financial, potentially affecting them emotionally Read More…

  • August 8 2016 What small businesses can learn from the NRMA and Parking Made Easy dispute

    Over the past few years, a strong entrepreneurial spirit has developed in Australia, leading to a record number of startup businesses. While this is fantastic, a great idea needs to be properly thought through from a legal perspective so it doesn’t hit a road block when it comes time to get it off the ground. Read More…