Closing the unfair contracts window

The Australian, September 5, 2019 ASIC took Federal Court action on Wednesday against Bank of Queensland Picture: Bloomberg It’s about time the second-tier banks got their act together on ­unfair contract terms affecting small businesses. The catalyst is likely to be the Treasury’s review of unfair contract term protections more so than ASIC’s Federal Court action on Wednesday against Bank …

“Business as usual can’t continue”: Why KeepCup is shutting its doors for a student-led climate strike

SmartCompany, September 3, 2019 KeepCup managing director Abigail Forsyth. Source: Supplied. Melbourne SME KeepCup is among the 25 businesses pledging to support workers who join the student climate strike on September 20. The business coalition, dubbed Not Business As Usual, calls for the private sector to play a part in pressuring the government to “make meaningful commitments on climate change”. …

Dragging the chain on wage theft ‘must stop’, says ACTU

The Australian, September 4, 2019 ACTU secretary Sally McManus. Picture: AA ACTU secretary Sally McManus has urged the Coalition to address wage theft and low wages growth by speeding up the process for ­recovering underpayments and giving unions greater rights to pursue sector-wide bargaining. In a letter to Industrial Relations Minister Christian Porter, Ms McManus said the government should also …

What’s in a day? Federal Court ruling redefines sick leave

SmartCompany, September 3, 2019 The Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia recently handed down a decision that is likely to have significant impacts on the accrual and taking of personal/carer’s leave — not to mention the management of the entitlement by employers. The minimum entitlement to personal/carer’s leave is found in s96 of the Fair Work Act. It entitles employees to …

“We have to be better”: ATO overhauls culture to bolster business empathy

SmartCompany, September 2, 2019 Australian Taxation Office commissioner Chris Jordan. Source: AAP/Mick Tsikas. The tax office has formed a dedicated team to oversee complex cases where businesses are intentionally shirking their obligations, a bid to better distinguish between black economy bandits and well-intentioned companies. Australian Taxation Office (ATO) commissioner Chris Jordan says the tax office needs to be more empathetic …

Wageline News – September 2019

In this edition: Employing children at the Perth Royal Show Compliance audits for regional cafes and restaurants Wageline News is going monthly Quick links to the Wageline website Laws restrict when children can work at the Perth Royal Show The law restricts the age at which children can work at the Perth Royal Show. Western Australia’s employment of children laws …

GST liability rules will decimate small business

 reported Robert Gottliebsen in The Australian on September 2, 2019 The late Michael Andrew was global CEO of KPMG. Picture: Renee Nowytarger It’s really important for Australia that we don’t tarnish the magnificent legacy of Michael Andrew — one of the few Australians to become the head of a major global enterprise. In 2011 he became global CEO and chair …

Draconian cash bill treats us all as tax-dodging criminals

The Australian, August 31, 2019, Katrina Grace Kelly Perhaps you, like me, sometimes lie awake at night worrying. When the blackness is pressing in, all sorts of issues raise their heads — particularly, how our basic freedoms keep disappearing. The Morrison government in particular is escalating this trend. This is not a reference to the so-called culture wars. These, in …

“Closely monitor developments”: Deliveroo sham contracting case to be closely watched

SmartCompany, August 29, 2019 The federal government has indicated it will not intervene in an ongoing court battle between Deliveroo and one of its former workers, who is alleging the delivery giant engaged in sham contracting. One of Deliveroo’s former delivery drivers, Canberra-based Jeremy Rhind, has taken the on-demand platform to the Federal Circuit Court, alleging he was paid below …

Steps to start Single Touch Payroll reporting in your small business

Make sure you’re prepared for 30 September 2019. Last updated: 15 August 2019 If you’re an employer with 19 or less employees, you need to start reporting your employees’ salary and wages, tax and super information through Single Touch Payroll (STP) by 30 September 2019. You can do this through a software solution or through a service provider, like a …