Drivers seek compo over tribunal

Independent Contractors Australia executive director Ken Phillips told The Australian he estimated up to 1000 owner-drivers would seek compensation of more than a total of $100 million in a class action. The Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, established by Labor in 2012, was abolished last month after a new minimum payments regime forcing owner-drivers to charge higher prices triggered a ferocious …

Watchdog to probe fallout from truckies’ safe rates order

THE AUSTRALIAN MAY 9, 2016 6:12PM Elizabeth Colman The small business watchdog will scrutinise the damage to truckies’ businesses from the short-lived ‘safe rates’ order, which forced minimum pay scales onto owner drivers. The Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman said today it would probe the fallout on owner drive finances from the order, which was handed down by Labor’s …

Millions of LinkedIn passwords and email addresses published online

SmartCompany, Thursday, May 19 2016 LinkedIn has revealed millions of its users’ email addresses and passwords have been published online from a security breach that occurred in 2012. The leak could affect more than 100 million LinkedIn users, according to the professional networking platform. While LinkedIn took steps back in 2012 to reset user passwords it believed were affected by …

Super Overhaul must be Fair & Sustainable

WHAT THE ACTUARIES INSTITUTE WANTS FROM SUPER Lump sums above $195,000 to be taxed at 15% plus the Medicare levy. Maintain means-test exemption on home-equity releases. Establish specific target in relation to fiscal sustainability of the system (such as combined taxpayer cost of the age pension and superannuation tax concessions). Limit tax concession on investment earnings supporting a superannuation income …

457 Vis Plan Dumped as Government Focus Changes

A federal proposal to allow businesses to import specialist workers for up to a year without getting a 457 visa has been abandoned as the government focuses on other options to overhaul skilled migration visas to boost competitiveness. Immigration Department reforms are now centred on a new simplified system that deregul­ates visa requirements, improves the process for applying for visas, …

TWU’s $220,000 Taxpayer-Funded Truck Deal from Labor

The Transport Workers Union was paid $220,000 out of taxpayer funds to raise awareness of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal in a deal overseen by the former workplace relations minister Bill Shorten after the union successfully lobbied federal Labor to set up the body. The payment to the TWU to devise an “education and communication strategy” came in 2013, a …

Retail Politics Fail as Jittery Consumers are not Buying

Malcolm Turnbull and the Coalition are failing on retail politics — literally. There is no clear sense of direction on tax, the economy and the upcoming budget for solid Coalition constituencies such as families, small business, self-funded retirees and independent contractors apart from the declaration that “we all have to live within our means”. The problem for the government with …

How your Business can Engage Social Media Savvy Customers

One in three Aussies now reads the news on social media platforms first. What does this mean for your small business? There is a big difference between actively speaking to your customers and being heard. Many businesses still long to see their headshot in their daily newspaper and most fail to realise that the print mastheads no longer drive public …

Senate votes to Axe Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal

The federal government will abolish the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT), after legislation to axe the controversial body passed the Senate [Monday] night. After two hours of debate, the legislation passed the upper house 36 votes to 32, with all of the crossbench senators, apart from Ricky Muir from the Motoring Enthusiast party, voting in favour of the repeal bill, …