“Absolutely powerless”: Business owners are having their ideas stolen, but what can they do about it?

After seeing her product stolen and sold by a multinational healthcare company, Amanda Clark says she felt “absolutely powerless”. “I remember going to an IP lawyer, who took one look at the size of the company and said: ‘Do you really want to pursue this?’,” she says. “I knew if they launched any sort of … Read more

How will Australia’s encryption bill affect the startup ecosystem? And should you be worried?

Australia’s Assistance and Access Bill 2018 — also dubbed the encryption bill — has officially been introduced into parliament and referred to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security for inquiry. But there are still concerns the bill could have serious unintended consequences — including for the startup community. The bill is intended to give law … Read more

Family and domestic violence leave: What all Australian businesses need to know about the new entitlements

In March 2018, the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission determined to introduce an entitlement to five days of unpaid leave for family and domestic violence reasons for all award-covered employees. From 1 August 2018, all modern awards were varied to insert the model term giving effect to this new entitlement. What is the … Read more

Unprecedented Federal Court decision could have “dynamite” consequences for businesses employing casual workers

An unprecedented decision by the full bench of Australia’s Federal Court could have huge ramifications for a huge number of Australian small businesses who employ casual workers. In a decision handed down yesterday, the full power of the Federal Court ruled in favour of a casual truck driver who was employed at a Rio Tinto mine … Read more

Legal compliance and risk management in small business (book)

Author: Ian Birt Small businesses, like all businesses, operate in an increasingly regulated environment. Increasing business regulation is being driven by public desire for greater protection of consumers, workers and the physical environment. These developments are occurring in a rapidly changing and increasingly complex society. Being in business, you need to comply with all relevant … Read more

Need templated forms, business plan samples or industry reports? Check out ProQuest Entrepreneurship Database!

Members of the Business Studio now have access to the full version of the ProQuest Entrepreneurship Database! This database bridges theory with practice, covering a wide spectrum of resources useful to educators, researchers, students and practitioners. Content ranges from the scholarly – including journals, dissertations, working papers and conference proceedings – to a full toolkit … Read more

Internal staff email warns Foodora about “sham contracting”, as gig economy scrutiny builds

A leaked email from a manager at food delivery service Foodora has suggested the company’s contracts are “concerning” from a legal perspective, as one gig economy expert says scrutiny on the space will be widespread in years to come and the fallout could be significant. Fairfax reports it has cited an email from a client manager … Read more