How to build a great business without alpha males and hustlers

Ian Whitworth, founder Scene Change Helen Trinca The Deal Editor and Associate Editor @helentrinca The Weekend Australian, June 7, 2021 Ian Whitworth loves people but he’s learnt to stay well clear of adult men who eat fries with their lunch. It’s a dead giveaway, says the entrepreneur and management blogger, a sure sign the diner doesn’t have the level of …

Hairdressing chain ordered to pay $90,000 to workers

Wageline, March 2021. This announcement is for: Employee / workerEmployer The owner of a hairdressing chain has been ordered to pay $90,000 in unpaid employment entitlements and interest to two employees. Wei Zhu – trading as Shining Quick Cuts – was ordered by the Industrial Magistrates Court to pay the employees their outstanding entitlements after enforcement action was taken by …

Small business groups say paid vaccination leave shouldn’t come at a cost to SMEs

Lois Maskiell SmartCompany, June 11, 2021 Source: Unsplash/Louis Reed. Small business groups say any proposal for paid vaccination leave for casuals should not require employers to give staff time off to get vaccinated. Alexi Boyd, acting chief executive of the Council of Small Business Organisations Australia (COSBOA), says the vaccine rollout must not place additional burdens on small businesses, whether …

COSBOA: The reality of what will happen if the minimum wage is raised by 3.5%

Alexi Boyd and Matthew Addison SMARTCOMPANY, June 11, 2021 Australia has one of the world’s highest minimum wages, a fact COSBOA has pointed out time and time again when unions and others on the far left have shouted “workers are underpaid, everything is terrible”. Yet, despite our high minimum wage, low-income workers in Australia are still struggling to pay for …

Small business ombudsman slams ACCC’s support for Woolworths’ PFD takeover

Lois Maskiell SmartCompany, June 11, 2021 Source: AAP/Tracey Nearmy The small business ombudsman has called the ACCC’s decision to allow Woolworths to acquire a majority stake in the wholesale food distributor PFD Food Services “disappointing”. Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Bruce Billson said the competition regulator’s support for Woolworth’s proposed acquisition of 65% of shares in PFD would …

Sacked Uber Eats driver paid out $400k

Reported The Australian on June 11, 2021: Uber paid $400,000 to a sacked driver to settle legal action that could have forced the company to pay its workers minimum wages and conditions, a Senate inquiry has been told. Transport Workers Union secretary Michael Kaine used parliamentary privilege to reveal details of a confidential settlement between Uber and former driver Amita …

Melbourne grandma steals $850k from her small business employer

An office manager at a real estate agency stole a massive amount of money from the business and says she spent more than half of it on the pokies. Picture: Supplied Frances Vinall Court reporter NCA NewsWire/The Australian, June 10, 2021 A Melbourne grandmother working as a real estate office manager stole more than three-quarters of a million dollars from …

The ATO is switching off its business portal in July. Here’s what SMEs need to know

Eloise Keating SmartCompany, June 9, 2021 The Australian Taxation Office has switched on its new online services platform for SMEs and will soon retire the business portal it is replacing. The changeover means SMEs need to start getting familiar with the new ‘online services for business’ platform before the business portal is retired at the end of July. Work has …

SME lenders promise cash in a flash as competition fires up

James Frost, Financial services writer, Financial Review, Jun 9, 2021 Small business lenders keen to take advantage of delays in the approvals process are spruiking fast turnaround times for loan assessments and payments. As buoyant economic conditions stir the animal spirits of Australia’s 2.5 million small businesses, niche lenders such as OnDeck and global payments giant Square are fine-tuning their …