New laws mean a sea change for small business: Robert Gottliebsen

New laws mean a sea change for small business: Robert Gottliebsen Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar. An hour ago November 16, 2020 3 Comments Australia’s larger enterprises will need to adapt to an entirely new way of dealing with the vast community of smaller and medium sized businesses. Around 8 million contracts will have clauses that are set be made illegal …

Big businesses face new penalties for unfair contracts

Financial Review,Nov 10, 2020 – 6.10pm Big business will face new fines and penalties for entering into unfair contracts with consumers and small business, under a crackdown agreed to by the federal and state governments. Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar announced the changes on Tuesday. Alex Ellinghausen The long-awaited shake-up is aimed at stopping big business squeezing small business partners such as …

Deliveroo dragged to court in unfair dismissal case that could have “significant ramifications” for the Aussie gig economy

SmartCompany, October 20, 2020 A rider for Deliveroo Australia is taking the food delivery giant to court today, in a Fair Work Commission unfair dismissal case. A statement from the Transport Workers Union (TWU) suggests rider Diego Franco was sacked by Deliveroo in April, after three years working as a delivery rider and at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. …

Subcontractors says proposed payment laws shake-up still leaves them exposed to project failures

The West Australian, 24 September 2020 3:42PM The construction industry accounts for a disproportionate number of business insolvencies in WA and dozens of builders. Credit: Mary Altaffer/AP Subcontractors have reacted with fury to proposed new laws designed to protect payments to tradies working on major projects, saying they fall well short of what is required and leave small business owners …

New law to ban dodgy builders and safeguard subcontractors

The West Australian, 23 September 2020 The Bill will hand regulators new powers to ban head contractors with a history of insolvency. Credit: Mary Altaffer/AP Builders with a history of “phoenixing” face being barred from the industry under new laws designed to protect subcontractors that will be introduced to State Parliament today. But Commerce Minister John Quigley has backed off …

Victoria’s contracts move would be a disaster

Food delivery riders are one of the most visible manifestations of the gig economy. Picture: Tim PascoeThe Australian,  July 20, 2020 The nation has already been stunned at the incredible Victorian government blunders that led to the state’s COVID-19 virus getting out of control. But now that same government has issued a report that recommends actions that threaten sole trader …

Gig economy inquiry backs ‘revisionism not revolution’

Financial Review, Jul 15, 2020 A landmark inquiry into the gig economy backed an “entrepreneurial’’ test on whether platform workers are employees and supported platforms that pay superannuation and other benefits to self-employed workers. The report, commissioned by the Victorian Labor government and released on Wednesday, rebuffed union demands to broadly reclassify Uber drivers and other gig workers as employees …

‘Pollies seem more focused on the middle men’: WA Government in ‘appalling’ broken promise to protect the payments of subcontractors

The West Australian Wednesday, 10 June 2020 Subcontractors working on projects that go bust will remain exposed to crippling losses after the McGowan Government backed away from plans to protect payments intended for tradies. Attorney-General and Commerce Minister John Quigley has been outspoken in his support for cascading statutory trusts, which would force head contractors to set aside and “ring-fence” …

Subcontractors push for pay protections as COVID-19 bites sole trader cashflow

SmartCompany, May 13, 2020 ConX founders Keith Moore, Annie Slattery and David Stenson. Source: supplied. Subcontractors are renewing their push for better pay protections as conditions across Australia’s building and construction sector worsen amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with a new consortium of industry players coming together to lobby the federal government over cascading statutory trusts. As businesses prepare for a …